Memorial Day is right around the corner but did you know that May is Military Appreciation Month! Back in 1999, Congress designated May as the National Military Appreciation month. This was an effort to ensure that the nation had an opportunity to show their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our past and present service members. Don’t let this month pass you by without doing something (other than an awesome barbecue) to show your love to your local active duty, Guard, Reserve and military veterans. We would not have half of the freedoms we have without them. Here are 15 ways for you to honor them for their sacrifice and service to our wonderful country.Read more: 11 Ways to Celebrate Military Appreciation Month
We all owe so much to our mothers whether we have a great relationship with them or not. Mother’s Day is a joy to many but for those who have lost a child at too young of an age, it can be another reminder of the pain that lingers. In honor of all those mothers who have loved and lost, we have put together a collection of poems for you. Keep them as a reminder of the child that you still love and of the mother that you still are.Read more: To Mothers Who've Lost a Child
Concern for the environment is quite a priority nowadays with everyone. We are all aware of the damage done by past generations, and are determined that such mistakes should never be repeated.
Happily, despite widespread beliefs to the contrary, the paper making industry is doing no harm to the world’s forests.Read more: Papers Rightful Place in the Natural World
In the community surrounding me, lately there has been a lot of talk about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. There have also been multiple people who have either committed suicide or attempted to commit suicide. It seems the April showers may be bringing about more than just May flowers. Today marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness month and while many know some about depression and anxiety, there is still a certain stigma that surrounds it. Every time we talk about it though, we tear down that stigma, one thought at a time.Read more: Living and Thriving with Mental Health Problems
Most people do not enjoy thinking about death, understandably so. For some, this fear of death stops them from registering as an organ donor. The statistics on the need for organ donation are staggering. According to Donate Life America, there are 118,000 men, women and children who are waiting for an organ donation to save their lives. Every 10 minutes another person is added to the national waiting list. 22 people die per day because they were waiting for an organ donation. It’s hard to deny that the need is great. Only 54% of Americans are registered as organ donors while 95% think that it’s a good idea. It’s time to close that gap.Read more: Become an Organ Donor Today
Our relationships with our parents are typically complex and meaningful, whether for the good or bad. Parents can be both infuriating and lovable all at the same time. For some people, the death of a parent isn’t only a loss of a caretaker but also a best friend. Whatever your relationship was with your parent, it is never easy to lose them. If you are mourning the loss of a parent, here are some simple steps to take that will help you as you go through your grieving process.Read more: How to Deal with the Loss of a Parent
Whether it be for a eulogy, a program or something to end the service with, a poem can often take the emotions we’re feeling after a death and put them into a beautifully worded work of art. Below is a collection of poems and prayers that will help you get started on finding the perfect piece for your loved one. Some are from the perspective of the deceased and some are from the perspective of the griever. Whichever one you choose, may it be a comfort to you and your family during this time of mourning.Read more: Best Funeral Poems
When you’re grieving, it often feels like there isn’t much that would help you feel better. While comfort food may seem like the right answer, you may actually be lengthening your grief by not taking care of your body. Below we’ll discuss the advantages to healthy nutrition and some tips to help you on your way.Read more: 5 Tips to Battle Grief with Nutrition
Obituaries are the most common way for us to become informed about deaths that occur in our communities. In most periodicals, the terms “obituary” (derived from the Latin word for death, “obitus”) and “death notice” have come to be used synonymously.Read more: Obituaries: Do we still need them?
Trying to find healing after a loss can sometimes seem impossible. The weight that you carry often cannot be described, even if you had the energy to do so. It can even feel like you’re all alone and no one understands your grief. While your grief journey is unique, having others to talk with who understand loss can be extremely helpful. First we’ll talk about the benefits of grieving with others, because let’s be honest, you might need a little encouragement. Then we’ll give you some great resources to find a grief support group in the Twin Cities or near you.Read more: Mourning Together: Twin Cities Local Grief Support Groups
As we welcome March into 2017 and look forward to a warm Spring this year, let’s be reminded of our New Year’s Resolutions that we set so many weeks ago. It’s not too late to keep them! Many resolutions have benefits, but there are some that are particularly healthy for those who are grieving. Let’s continue with part three of 7 Reasons to Make and Keep New Year’s Resolutions While Grieving.Read more: 7 Reasons to Make and Keep New Year's Resolutions While Grieving - Part Three