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The Do’s and Don’ts of Helping Others Through Grief

When someone close to you loses a friend or family member, how do you deal with their grief? Are you a “suddenly silent and invisible” friend because you don’t know how to deal with pain? Do you smother the grieving person in food, affection, and advice? Or do you land…...

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Planning My Own Funeral

It is kind of an ominous feeling when you plan your own funeral. It almost seems if to do so would be speaking your impending death into existence.  Especially at my age, I am 36 years old and quite frankly have not yet decided that I am going to die.…...

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How to Choose the Right Burial Service

When it comes to burial options, you’re probably imagining the traditional funeral service. In a traditional funeral service, most often there is a visitation where the deceased is presented in a casket. The visitation is then followed by the funeral service. The burial or cremation is then done after the…...

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Reflecting on Mothers Day After a Loss

Everyone has a story about their relationship with their mother.  For some it’s a story of unconditional love and acceptance. For others it’s a story of what is supposed to be but wasn’t.  Some stories have pieces of both. “She tried her best, but these are the following ways she…...

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First 13 Things To Do After the Funeral

The to-do list after the funeral can be daunting. Many people don’t even know where to start. To give you a helping hand, here are the first 13 things you should do after the funeral. This checklist can help organize some of the items that you will need to address…...

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Gaming to Cope with Grief

My husband is not a very openly emotional person. He rarely talks about his feelings or reaches out for much emotional support.  Over the years I have started to be able to decipher his feelings about things when he goes straight to playing video games. Sure most of the time…...

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Are the 5 Stages of Grief Real

When someone comes across the word grief, they most likely first think about “The Stages of Grief”.  In fact, if you start typing “stages” into Google, the “of grief” part fills itself in. In her 1969 book on Death and Dying, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross a Swiss American psychiatrist, first introduced the…...

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Communal Grief After Mass Shootings

It seems over the past few decades our news feeds have been filled with tragedy on a large scale.  Mass shootings such as Columbine, Newtown and Parkland unfortunately have become a part of the modern landscape.  It seems as soon as one fades from the media it is not long…...

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Plan Your Epitaph Day

Here is a vocabulary word for the day. Epitaph. What is an epitaph and why do I need to have one? According to Google, epitaph is a phrase or form of words written in memory of a person who has died, especially on a tombstone. April 6th is Plan your…...

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