How does Stress Affect Grief?

How does Stress Affect GriefAll of us have ways we deal with the stress in our lives. Some ways are positive and others are  not. The death of a loved one is considered one of the most stressful life events a person faces. Bereavement adds complexity to the stress of our daily lives. Coping with daily life during and after the immediate death of a loved one is something all of us have experienced or will experience in our lives.  There are ways to help deal with the added stress bereavement adds to our already stressful lives. Many of the following ideas may be familiar as stress reducing ideas and a few may be new ideas for you.

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Ways to Remember a Breast Cancer Victim

Ways to Remember a Breast Cancer VictimOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This month is a good time to plan a way to honor and remember a loved one who has passed due to breast cancer. There are many ways to honor a loved one. Some things to think through before planning a memorial are listed below.

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We're One of the Best

wereoneofthebestWillwerscheid Named One of America’s Best Funeral Homes

We've been selected as one of "America's Best Funeral Homes". Willwerscheid has been chosen because we offer highly trained, compassionate staff who excel at remembrance planning. Remembrance planners are uniquely qualified to help bereaved individuals and families plan funerals, memorials, and remembrance ceremonies with caring and compassion.

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The Simple Purpose of a Memorial Funeral Service

The Simple Purpose of a Memorial Funeral ServiceMemorial funeral services are all about honoring the memory of a person who has died. At Willwerscheid Funeral Home and Cremation Service, we firmly believe in the importance of not only remembering, but also sharing one’s memories. But where does this process start? It starts with each one of us as we interact with each other. No human being lives in a social vacuum; our speech, habits, and values are derived from our association with one another.

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What You Can Do To Help Prevent Childhood Cancer

What You Can Do To Help Prevent Childhood CancerCurrently,  after accidents, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14. There are steps we can take to try to change this statistic! September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month so along with talking about how you can prevent cancer in your own children, we will discuss ways that you can help in the effort to get rid of childhood cancer all together.

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Expressing Condolences and Showing Support after Suicide

Expressing Condolences and Showing Support after SuicideIt is often very difficult to know how to express your condolences when a friend or family member is experiencing the loss of a loved one by suicide. I know that a good friend of mine experienced the loss of her ex-husband by suicide and I was at a loss for the right words to express my sincere condolences to her. It felt especially awkward to me as in this situation the children were also survivors.

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Which Essential Oils to Use When You're Grieving

Which Essential Oils to Use When You're GrievingDo you have essential oils at home? If so, you may find that using some of the oils can help you through the grieving process. If you don’t currently use essential oils, you may want to consider adding them to your life during this time of loss and grieving. Why? Essential oils may help you process the grief you are experiencing. Feelings of grief vary from day to day and essential oils can bring a source of outside, healthy, assistance to you in a very personalized way.

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Journaling Through Your Grief

Journaling through Your Grief8 28Living life to the fullest is often an extremely difficult undertaking after the death of a loved one. Memories of the death, the funeral, even arguments cycle through the mind. Exhaustion becomes an ever-present companion. Wondering if life will ever feel good again becomes a common thought that weaves through the mind and heart intermittently throughout the days, weeks, months, and years. The stages and cycles of grief (denial, bargaining, anger, depression, acceptance) can change quickly or slowly. Wild swings in emotions are completely normal after experiencing a beloved one’s death. Therese A. Rando* defines grief as a reaction or response to loss and includes physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual dimensions and that mourning includes rituals or behaviors associated with grief. Grief is the beginning of mourning.

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How to Have a Zero Waste Funeral

How to Have a Zero Waste Funeral8 20Has your loved one requested a zero waste funeral? Or perhaps your loved one who has passed on was a passionate supporter of living green and protecting the environment as much as possible. How can you honor your loved one with a zero waste funeral? Is there really a good reason to even consider a zero waste funeral?

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Losing Multiple Loved Ones

Losing Multiple Loved Ones8 14Experiencing the loss of a beloved friend or family member is extremely difficult. Each of us experiences grief whether the death was expected or not expected. The intensity and trauma of losing more than one person at the same time or within a very short time frame can impact a person even more deeply. Despair and the feelings of grief can overwhelm a person and leave them floundering about even how to grieve. How can a person honor each loved one, grieve each loss, experience all the emotions of a grief cycle and get through the days healthy and whole?

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15 Simple Questions to Help Pre-plan Your Parents Funeral

15 Simple Questions to Help Pre plan Your Parents Funeral8 7How can you help your parents to pre-plan their funeral? At first thought, it might seem disrespectful and callous to want to talk with your parents about their eventual death. Many people find it difficult to think about or talk about death and dying. Death and dying are complex topics overlaid with a sense of grief and loss. Some parents may not want to think about their death. Others may just be waiting for an opening to discuss their wishes upon their death.

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