Posts Tagged ‘grief’

How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with the Funeral Director

Friday, October 26th, 2018
How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with the Funeral Director

How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with the Funeral Director

When you lose a loved one, your first order of business is to choose a funeral home that will guide you through the burial decision making process. This funeral home will help you arrange the burial, cremation, funeral, and/or memorial service, up to and including selling you all the necessary items and preparing the body for the type of interment you choose. (more…)

To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Social Media Etiquette after a Death

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018
To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Social Media Etiquette after a Death

To Tweet or Not to Tweet? Social Media Etiquette after a Death

For most of us, social media is where much of our lives take place. We connect with old friends and make plans with current ones. We share photos of our partners, spouses, kids, and pets. We discuss politics and religion. (more…)

Do I Have to Write an Obituary?

Monday, April 2nd, 2018
Do I Have to Write an Obituary?

Do I Have to Write an Obituary?

When a loved one dies, it is customary to write an obituary to be published in the local paper, on the funeral home website, or on social media. This brief overview of the deceased’s life not only informs people of the death (and the memorial service and/or funeral), but also commemorates things like careers, awards, education, children, and grandchildren. (more…)

Coping with Grief at Work

Friday, February 2nd, 2018
Coping with Grief at Work

Coping with Grief at Work

One of the most difficult parts of losing a loved one is going back to your regular routine. When there is a new and gaping hole in your life, it can seem almost impossible to get up, shower, go to work, run errands, and otherwise go through the motions of daily life. However, most people still have bills to pay, and even with the most progressive employers, bereavement leave rarely lasts longer than a few weeks. (more…)

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…)