For those of us in the midwest, Winter can be long, cold and rough. If you’re grieving the loss of a close loved one, the bleakness of the weather can make the process that much harder. While we can’t change the temperature or add more sunlight to your day, we’ve come up with 7 simple suggestions to help you grieve well during these winter months.Read more: 7 Ways to Grieve Well in the Winter
Christmas time can be joyful and painful for those who have lost a loved one. Memories of past holiday seasons with family and friends can often evoke renewed feelings of grief over your loss. Sometimes having a special time to remember your deceased loved one during the Christmas season can be very healing. Below are some events you can join in the Twin Cities area.Read more: 3 Twin Cities Remembrance Events For This Christmas Season
Dealing with grief during the holidays is always a tough issue. When it comes to grieving children, it can often be an overwhelming task for the adult to know how to help. Children, especially younger children, simply may not have the coping skills that age and maturity bring; to know how to express their emotions in a way that is healing and helpful.Read more: Grief, Kids and Crafts: Easy Memorial Ornament Tutorial
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With the National Philanthropy Day right around the corner, the perfect opportunity is upon us to talk about how you can carry on the legacy of your loved one’s passions and life work through the inheritance you’ve received. Philanthropy can be a healing experience on the long journey of grief and ultimately peace from the loss of a loved one. But to start the process, you’ll first need a few tips to help you get started.Read more: Make a Lasting Impact on National Philanthropy Day
Your close friend had a loved one pass away and of course you’ll be going to the funeral but you want to get some nice flowers to bring as well. The question is, which flowers do you get? Here’s a quick and easy visual guide to the top 12 funeral flowers and their meanings.
Read more: Flowers and Funerals: What Should I Get?
If you’ve seen women with painted skulls on their faces around this time, you are not seeing just another halloween costume, but a part of the celebration of Dia de Muertos or Day of the Dead. While this holiday may have been recently commercialized in the U.S., there is a rich history of the holiday that goes back thousands of years.Read more: Honoring the Deceased on the Day of the Dead
As we age and begin to look at our options for financial help, many of us will turn to Minnesota Medical Assistance (MA), MinnesotaCare or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If you are just beginning to look into your options, first you must understand what each program is and whether you would qualify. Once you have a grasp on those questions, you can then take steps to figure out how to reduce your total assets to reach the income limit by setting aside monies to pay for your funeral.Read more: Minnesota Medical Assistance & Pre-paying Your Funeral
Did you know that the taxation of certain assets is different depending on the type of asset? When it comes to leaving a lasting legacy for your family and the important causes you love, there are several key factors to consider. Today we will cover some insightful tips to help you make the most out of your estate planning.Read more: Taxes and Your Legacy Planning
Losing a spouse can be one of the hardest things we will deal with in this life. Adjusting to the loss of your companion can be devastating and unbalancing. If your parent has lost their spouse, there are some things you can do beyond the funeral planning stage to help them in their grief.Read more: Practical Tips to Help Your Parent After the Loss of a Spouse
You’ve got a distant relative’s funeral to go to this weekend and as you’re getting ready, all these pressing questions pop into your mind. What is the best thing you can say? What are good gestures you can do for the family? How do I best respect the family and friends that will be there?Read more: 6 Easy Do’s and Don’ts of Funeral Etiquette