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Social Security Benefits

When an American citizen dies they may be eligible for certain benefits from the Social Security Administration. The social security rules and regulations are many and complicated. The following information should be used as a guideline. It is not meant to be all inclusive, nor should this information be viewed…...

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Helping Children Understand Death

For young children especially, the days surrounding a death can be a confusing and disorienting time. Altered daily routines and unfamiliar sights and sounds can be difficult for them to understand and cope with. Children notice even the most subtle changes in their routines and surroundings. We must validate their…...

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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 heart. This article will help…...

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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 experience mourning over your pet. Our pets give us unconditional love, are always there to patiently listen to us when we need to talk, and are often our best friend. Even…...

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The Grieving Process

Since there’s very little grief training in our culture, people are often surprised by how hard their grieving process is. 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 pervasive experience that…...

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Helping Others Experiencing Grief

When it comes to helping someone who is experiencing grief, you may have some questions about how to help. There are many ways you can support someone through the grieving process. Listening Listening to grieving people is the most important thing you can do. Listen in a non-judging way, and…...

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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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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 Dedicated…...

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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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