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Remembering Those Lost While Serving Our Country

People have always grieved and mourned their lost protectors and soldiers. Over the centuries there have been many different traditions both nationally and in families in honoring those lost while protecting civilians during conflict. In the United States we honor our fallen soldiers and military personnel on Memorial Day.  …...

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Tips From the Pros on Preplanning a Funeral

You plan your career. You plan your budget and finances to get you through the years of caring for children. You put money away in a retirement fund, IRA or Roth IRA. You may even invest in stocks and bonds preparing to leave a legacy for your children. What critical…...

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Mother’s Day after Losing Mom

Celebrating Mother’s day is different now that mom has passed away. I miss my mom so much. I think of her when spring comes and remember how she loved dahlias and petunias. It was a yearly tradition that we children gave mom flowers on Mother’s Day. One person would give…...

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The 5 Most Important Things To Do Before the Funeral

Your loved one has passed away. You are grieving. You are remembering their life. Now, you must face the responsibility of planning a funeral.  Here are 5 critical items you need to do before the funeral. Inform the authorities. If the death occurs at home or somewhere other than a…...

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5 Benefits of Pre-planning for Families

How can pre-planning a funeral and memorial help a family?   Pre-planning can help reassure family members while you are alive and healthy and it also helps immensely when a death in the family actually occurs. Whether your loved one passes due to illness, accident or some type of tragedy,…...

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How to Plan an Earth Friendly Memorial Service

The earth is home to over 7.6 billion people. More and more we are realizing how important it is to take care of our earth and to make informed decisions about our impact on the earth. Can you imagine the space it takes to bury 7.6 million people? Along with…...

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Grieving during Easter

Easter is a time that a lot of families get together for a big meal and delicious spring time desserts.. The kids run around searching for Easter eggs left by the elusive Easter bunny.  In many cases Spring has sprung or at the very least has peeked over the horizon.…...

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How does Stress Affect Grief?

All 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…...

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Coping with the Loss of a Spouse

How can one possibly absorb the shock of the death of a mate? No matter how many years you have shared, memories of courtship, lifelong plans, and your marriage are most difficult to bear. Not to mention what has been left behind: children and grandchildren; dreams yet to be fulfilled.…...

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6 Tips for Getting Out of the Winter Lull

The holidays are over and we still have months of cold weather and snow. But have no fear, here are 6 ways to help you get out of the winter lull before it gets you down. Cold weather and snow can get some people down while others thrive. Here are…...

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