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
So often in our culture, we are expected to be quiet and subdued in our grieving. In many communities nowadays, there are little to no mourning rituals or practices. Even wearing black during a time of mourning has become somewhat outdated! Today we will be looking at demonstrative grieving; how you can reap its benefits and some ideas to get you started.Read more: Why Must I Keep Silent? Grief in the 21st Century
We are back again to continue the series on the 7 Reasons to Make and Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions While Grieving. In part one, we looked at three great New Year’s Resolutions to make and why you should keep them. Let’s jump right back in and give you a couple more ideas on what goals to add to your list for 2017.Read more: 7 Reasons to Make and Keep New Year's Resolutions While Grieving | Part Two
"Let your heart crumble into an infinite amount of tiny, precious seeds. Then plant love everywhere you go."
- Anita Krizzan
We could all use a little more kindness in our lives these days. February 12, kicked off Random Acts of Kindness week, so we knew this would be the perfect time to talk about blessing others as a way of healing from grief.
Read more: 12 Simple Acts of Kindness to Help You Heal
January has come and gone and whether you’ve made and kept your New Year’s Resolutions or not, we have some great reasons why you should! If you’re grieving it can be especially important to have a goal to push towards and even a reward for completing that goal. And if you haven’t documented your News Years Resolutions, there is still time. Use this as your starting point. Here’s Part One of the New Year’s Resolutions that you should make, and why you should keep them this year.Read more: 7 Reasons to Make and Keep New Year's Resolutions While Grieving | Part One
The comforts of home are never more crucial than when grieving the loss of a loved one. Home after-life gatherings offer families and surrounding communities unmatched solace while celebrating life. During this time, it is especially necessary to lean on your family and your clergy for spiritual and emotional healing. This timeless way of honoring the deceased allows family and friends to participate more deeply in the final rituals. Being at home softens the burden of logistics and shifts the focus to togetherness. By understanding the spiritual and emotional healing that a home visitations or gatherings provide, clergy and leaders of faith can help care for their congregation and their community in a different setting.Read more: The Emotional and Spiritual Healing of Home Funerals