Posts Tagged ‘grieving’

What To Do on the Anniversary of a Loved One’s Death

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
What To Do on the Anniversary of a Loved One’s Death

What To Do on the Anniversary of a Loved One’s Death

Almost anyone who has experienced loss will tell you that holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries tend to be some of the hardest moments to get through. While everyone else is out celebrating and enjoying themselves, you are mired in memories and the painful reminder of your loved one’s passing. In fact, if your loss was recent, these days have a tendency to feel incredibly burdensome at a time when they should be anything but. (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…)

Preparing for the Holidays with a Recent Loss

Monday, November 14th, 2016
Preparing for the Holidays with a Recent Loss

Preparing for the Holidays with a Recent Loss

Grief does not end at the funeral, especially if you happen to lose a loved one as the holiday season draws near. There is something about this highly festive time of year that magnifies feelings of loneliness and grief—and if your loss is a recent one, getting through each day can become even more of a struggle. (more…)

Funeral Planning and Community Support

Monday, July 11th, 2016
Funeral Planning and Community Support

Funeral Planning and Community Support

In an ideal world, funeral plans would always be a family affair. Siblings would come together from around the country to bury a parent. Friends and colleagues would pitch in to help a bereaved spouse struggling with finances. Entire communities would mourn the passing of a child. While these types of scenarios can and do happen all the time,  that is not always the case. There are many times when one person is left dealing with funeral plans and loss all on their own—and they may need to find support to make it through. (more…)

Funeral Visitation Etiquette

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
Funeral Visitation Etiquette

Funeral Visitation Etiquette

By now, most of us know how to behave ourselves at a funeral or memorial service. We understand the importance of funeral attire, punctuality, keeping kids and technology devices quiet, and offering condolences. Because funerals are more like a church service, in that mostly what is expected of you is to sit and listen, they are not quite as difficult to navigate as other funeral events. (more…)

Clearing the House after a Loved One Dies: Things You Can’t Donate

Monday, June 20th, 2016
Clearing the House after a Loved One Dies: Things You Can’t Donate

Clearing the House after a Loved One Dies: Things You Can’t Donate

When a loved one dies and leaves all of his or her personal effects behind, it can be a great comfort to hold onto some of their most beloved belongings. Valuable artwork, a china cabinet that has been in the family for centuries, personal touches like perfume or a scarf—all these things can be passed on and treasured as you find ways to cope with your grief. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to keep everything, which means you will eventually need to sort through their belongings. (more…)

Pre-Planning a Home Funeral

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
Pre-Planning a Home Funeral

Pre-Planning a Home Funeral

Making advance arrangements for a funeral is almost always a good idea, but there are times when it makes more sense than others. Home funerals are one of these times. (more…)

The Modern-Day Wake

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016
The Modern-Day Wake

The Modern-Day Wake

These days, a wake is considered more of a formal tradition of the past than a way to say goodbye to a loved one. Historically, wakes were held when families cared for the body of a loved one at home (as opposed to a funeral home). There was no central location where bodies were prepared for burial, so families would keep the body in a room in the house for the one or two days it would take to make all the arrangements. (more…)

Unique Gifts for the Newly Bereaved

Monday, May 2nd, 2016
Unique Gifts for the Newly Bereaved

Unique Gifts for the Newly Bereaved

When a friend or family member loses a loved one, we want to do all we can to make their situation easier. Traditional funeral gifts like flowers, food, and gift baskets are nice gestures, but when everyone offers the same type of present over the course of a few weeks, it can get overwhelming (you can only eat so many casseroles, after all). (more…)

Sympathy Card Messages for Pets

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
Sympathy Card Messages for Pets

Sympathy Card Messages for Pets

When it comes to the pain of losing those we love, many of us feel no difference between our four-legged friends and our human ones. A companion who has been there through all of life’s hardships deserves a sendoff that celebrates the joys as well as the sadness. (more…)