How to Give a Eulogy for a Relative

November 17th, 2017
How to Give a Eulogy for a Relative

How to Give a Eulogy for a Relative

For many people, giving a eulogy for a family member is one of the most difficult aspects of a funeral. Regardless of your feelings on public speaking, the act of standing up in front of a crowd and sharing your pain and emotions is hard to do. Add in the complicated family dynamics that often accompany funerals, and you might feel that it is better to stay seated and let someone else do the eulogizing. (more…)

Should I Send Money in a Sympathy Card?

November 13th, 2017
Should I Send Money in a Sympathy Card?

Should I Send Money in a Sympathy Card?

A sympathy card is one of the fastest and easiest ways to show your support after the loss of a loved one. Whether you make the card by hand, purchase it from a store, or use a blank card and fill it with a heartfelt message, you are letting the family know how much you care and that the loss is one that affects you on a personal level. (more…)

How to Attend an Out-of-Town Funeral

November 7th, 2017
How to Attend an Out-of-Town Funeral

How to Attend an Out-of-Town Funeral

Attending a funeral in your own city can be stressful enough. Not only are you dealing with your grief, but you might also have to take time off work, find childcare for your kids, and choose appropriate funeral clothes to wear. When a funeral is held in a different location, your stress typically increases. That is because in addition to all those other issues, you will also need to book travel and hotels—often at the last minute. (more…)

What Should My Loved One Wear to be Cremated?

November 3rd, 2017
What Should My Loved One Wear to be Cremated?

What Should My Loved One Wear to be Cremated?

When families choose a burial outfit for their loved ones, they often select something formal or that holds deep meaning. For example, a military service uniform, a favorite dress, church attire, or even a wedding gown might be deemed appropriate as a final outfit. (more…)

What to Send to a Funeral for Suicide

October 25th, 2017
What to Send to a Funeral for Suicide

What to Send to a Funeral for Suicide

When a friend or relative dies, it is common to send a sympathy gift in the form of flowers, food, or a card. This gesture lets the family know that you are thinking of them at a difficult time and that you are available for emotional support when it is needed. (more…)

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…)