When a Child Loses a Sibling

October 21st, 2017
When a Child Loses a Sibling

When a Child Loses a Sibling

Death is a complex issue for children to work through, especially if they are too young to grasp the implications. Even though they may not realize what it means for a brother or sister to die, that does not mean they are unaware of the changes that occur in a family as a result. For example, a parent who loses a child is likely to withdraw and experience extreme forms of grief. This, quite understandably, can impact the surviving children so that they not only lose a sibling, but they lose part of their parent, too. (more…)

What to Do When You Cannot Get Funeral Leave

October 13th, 2017
What to Do When You Cannot Get Funeral Leave

What to Do When You Cannot Get Funeral Leave

If you recently experienced a death in the family and work for a company without a bereavement leave policy, you may find yourself unable to get time off to attend the funeral. Although most employers are understanding when a death occurs (especially if it was a close relative or immediate family member), it can and does happen that an employer denies a bereavement request or simply cannot give you leave at a particular time. (more…)

The Loss of an Adult Sibling

October 9th, 2017
The Loss of an Adult Sibling

The Loss of an Adult Sibling

One of the most painful deaths that can occur within adult relationships is that of a sibling. Unlike the loss of a spouse or child, which is acknowledged by society as devastatingly life-changing, the loss of a sibling is not typically expected to alter the course of your life. After all, you are both grown and have started lives and families of your own. No matter how close you may have been as children, you most likely do not rely on close camaraderie to get through your day of work, kids, hobbies and life in general. (more…)

How to Ask for Time Off for a Funeral?

October 4th, 2017
How to Ask for Time Off for a Funeral?

How to Ask for Time Off for a Funeral?

In most cases, employers are understanding when you lose a loved one and need time off for bereavement and to attend the funeral. In fact, many companies have explicit bereavement policies in their employee handbooks, which allow you to look up the exact benefits you receive upon the loss of a loved one (usually dependent on your relationship to them, i.e., spouse, child, parent, grandparent, etc.). In these instances, you typically have to write a funeral leave letter or notify your boss, and the time off is granted from there. (more…)

Which Type of Funeral Flower Arrangement Should I Send?

September 29th, 2017
Which Type of Funeral Flower Arrangement Should I Send?

Which Type of Funeral Flower Arrangement Should I Send?

When a loved one dies, you may wish to send a funeral flower arrangement as a way of showing your condolences and affection. This time-honored tradition allows you to participate in the funeral even if you cannot be there, and also provides a way for you to support the family even if your relationship is not a close one. (more…)

What to Do at a Funeral for a Suicide

September 25th, 2017
What to Do at a Funeral for a Suicide

What to Do at a Funeral for a Suicide

When a friend or relative takes their own life, it can be difficult to know what to do at the funeral. At most funerals, death is a straightforward loss—the deceased is dearly missed, and grief follows from there. At a funeral for a person who died by suicide, however, there is likely to be an overwhelming array of emotions and conflicting feelings—even shock. Why did the deceased take his or her own life? What could have been done to prevent it from happening? What is there to say to the family if strong religious beliefs play a role? (more…)

How to Decline an Invitation to a Funeral

September 20th, 2017
How to Decline an Invitation to a Funeral

How to Decline an Invitation to a Funeral

Not all funerals are held at convenient times or convenient locations. Unlike weddings, which can be planned months in advance, funerals crop up unexpectedly regardless of the time, date, weather conditions, or other plans you might already have. (more…)

What to Write on Funeral Flowers

September 15th, 2017
What to Write on Funeral Flowers

What to Write on Funeral Flowers

When someone dies, finding the right funeral flower message to convey your sympathy, pain, regards, regrets, and love can be difficult. After all, grief is something that even poets have a hard time capturing. Add to that all the complexities of human relationships, family issues, and religious beliefs, and you can see why so many people turn to time honored sayings and funeral quotes. (more…)

How to Grieve a Grandparent

September 11th, 2017
How to Grieve a Grandparent

How to Grieve a Grandparent

For many people, the loss of a grandparent is the first real death that hits in a big way. Whether you lose a grandparent as a child, a teenager, a young adult, or even an older adult, chances are good that this is your first real experience with death. (more…)

What Happens to Uncollected Ashes?

September 5th, 2017
What Happens to Uncollected Ashes?

What Happens to Uncollected Ashes?

As cremation becomes a more popular option for families who have experienced a loss, funeral homes and crematories are seeing a rise in uncollected ashes. There are many different reasons for this. The most common reason is that cremation allows for more flexibility regarding a memorial service. Instead of having to rush to hold a funeral or burial, you can have a loved one cremated and wait until there is more time, more money, or more family members available to hold a service. And the easiest way to handle the remains is to let the crematory hold onto them until you are ready. (more…)