Support Services

Helping Parents Cope With Losing a Spouse

Losing a spouse is incredibly hard. What can you do to help your parent through his or her grief when a spouse dies? This is one of the major losses in life, but there are things you can do to help. How to Help a Parent Cope with Losing a…...

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The Grieving Process

The Grieveing Process Since there’s very little grief training in our culture, people are often surprised by how hard their grief hits them. We usually don’t know what to expect until we experience a major loss and begin to suffer the consequences. It’s important to understand that grief is a…...

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Mourning the Death of Your Pet

Having a beloved pet die is traumatic and painful, and the most natural thing in the world is to have intense feelings of grief and sadness. Our pets give us unconditional love, are always there to patiently listen to us when we need to talk, and are often our best…...

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Losing Your Spouse, Losing the Present

Losing Your Spouse, Losing the Present 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…...

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Losing a Child …Losing Your Future?

Losing a Child …Losing Your Future? It has been said that parents who lose a child also lose the hopes, dreams, and expectations they had for that child. They lose a part of themselves. They lose their future because their child represents their sense of ongoing life. Psychologists believe, because…...

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How to Write a Eulogy

How to Write a Eulogy The thought of public speaking throws many people into a panic. Add to that fear the common discomfort of discussing death, and it’s easy to understand why the idea of delivering a eulogy can be disconcerting. If you’ve been asked to write a eulogy, take…...

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Helping Others Experiencing Grief

Helping Others Experiencing Grief There are many ways to be supportive of a person experiencing the grieving process. Listening Listening to grieving people is the most important thing you can do. Listen in a non-judging way, and allow them to tell the story or stories over and over if they…...

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Helping Children Understand Death

Helping Children Understand Death by Karen Nilsen STAR Class Founder for http://Funeralplan.com The days surrounding a death can be a confusing and disorienting time for young children. Altered daily routines and unfamiliar sights and sounds can be difficult for them to understand and cope with. Children notice even the most…...

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Charitable Organizations

Alzheimer’s Association Provides education and support to people with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and to caregivers. American Cancer Society Dedicated to preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. American Diabetes Association Provides diabetes research, information and advocacy. American Foundation for AIDS Research…...

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Medical Assistance

Medical Assistance and Pre-funding Funeral or Cremation Expenses As we age and begin to look at financial help many of us will turn to MA (Minnesota Medical Assistance) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income). MA is a State of Minnesota program and SSI is a federal program. Both programs are administered…...

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