Posts Tagged ‘grief’

How to Send a Condolence Email

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018
How to Send a Condolence Email

How to Send a Condolence Email

In our digital age, it is much more common to read about a death on Facebook than it is in the obituary section of the newspaper. It naturally follows that your response to this news might be to write an email expressing your condolences rather than a letter or card. (more…)

Questions to Ask a Funeral Director

Monday, December 18th, 2017
Questions to Ask a Funeral Director

Questions to Ask a Funeral Director

If you have never arranged a funeral before, the experience can be incredibly overwhelming. Not only are you dealing with your issues of grief, but the world of funeral planning has its own rules, regulations, and language. If you’re unfamiliar with these, you might quickly break down under the strain of making decisions and knowing how to respond. (more…)

How to Give a Eulogy for a Friend

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017
How to Give a Eulogy for a Friend

How to Give a Eulogy for a Friend

Few things are more terrifying—or more heartbreaking—than the prospect of giving a eulogy. Not only is public speaking a huge fear for a large percentage of the population, but public speaking when your life has just been turned upside down might feel like the impossible. How can you summarize another person’s life in a speech of just a few minutes? And how can you do it without breaking down? (more…)

How to Give a Eulogy for a Relative

Friday, 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…)

Buying Specialty Burial Garments

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
Buying Specialty Burial Garments

Buying Specialty Burial Garments

No matter where you are doing your funeral planning or what type of interment you choose, the funeral director will eventually ask you to choose a burial garment for the deceased. Although you can decide to bury or cremate a loved one without any clothes at all, instead opting for a burial shroud, most people prefer to have the deceased dressed in some kind of outfit. This is generally a requirement for an open casket burial, and favored among families struggling with their loss. (more…)

Bereavement Yoga

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
Bereavement Yoga

Bereavement Yoga

Everyone approaches funeral planning and bereavement in a different way. For some people, it takes years of formal therapy before life begins to feel normal again. For others, moving on is a personal and internal struggle. As long as you are taking positive, healthy steps in a way that works for you, there is no wrong way to grieve. (more…)

Is it Possible to Make Funeral Planning Fun?

Friday, March 17th, 2017
Is it Possible to Make Funeral Planning Fun?

Is it Possible to Make Funeral Planning Fun?

It is difficult to think of planning a funeral for a loved one as a pleasant activity, but that does not mean the entire process the has to be a sad, heavy affair. Although there will always be an undercurrent of grief in these situations, there can also be moments to treasure and value. (more…)

Funeral Planning: What to Do in the Days between Death and the Funeral

Monday, February 20th, 2017
What to Do in the Days between Death and the Funeral

What to Do in the Days between Death and the Funeral

When a loved one dies, the task of funeral planning often helps relieve you of your burden of grief. There is something about making burial arrangements, coordinating guests, and cooking funeral food that allows you to get through those first few difficult days. (more…)

Memorial Tattoos

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
Memorial Tattoos

Memorial Tattoos

Dealing with grief in the aftermath of funeral planning is, to put it mildly, a difficult task. While the challenges of choosing a casket, paying for a funeral, and coordinating the memorial service can be overwhelming, it is what follows that provides the real struggle. (more…)

Tips on Being a Pallbearer

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016
Tips on Being a Pallbearer

Tips on Being a Pallbearer

Being asked to serve as pallbearer is considered quite an honor. Because this position is restricted to between six and eight attendees, it is usually kept to close family members or friends of the deceased. In many cases, a particular group of friends (maybe members of a team or club) will be asked, to provide a sense of unity. (more…)