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The Five Stages of Grief: Are They Really in Order?

We have all heard of the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. But are they really in order? Which one comes first? How do you know when you’re grieving and is there ever an end to the process? Let’s break down each stage, and see how it impacts the healing process. “Grief – for those of …

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5 Present and Future Benefits of Preplanning

When the time comes, do you want your loved ones to have to make difficult decisions about your funeral? Instead, consider preplanning your funeral or cremation. Preplanning has many benefits for both you and your loved ones. Preplanning is the process of making end-of-life arrangements in advance. This can include anything from deciding on burial or cremation to finalizing service …

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What not to wear to a funeral and 7 other etiquette faux pas

Manners matter, especially when you’re attending a funeral. What you wear and say can make or break an already difficult situation. It can be nerve-wracking trying to follow etiquette rules that you don’t know or understand. Let’s go over some basic things you can keep in mind so you can feel comfortable and confident, and most importantly – be able …

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Caring for the grieving during the holidays: 5 ways to help

Decorating the tree, carving a turkey, or something as simple as a favorite holiday song can be difficult for many of us when we have lost someone in our lives that made it special. The holidays can bring a flare-up of sorrow, loneliness, anger, and other strong emotions. “I remember the first time we sat down for Christmas dinner after …

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Beyond Thanksgiving: the mental, emotional and physical benefits of habitual gratitude

With the coming of Thanksgiving and “National Gratitude Month,” it’s easy to be thankful in November. But what most of us don’t think about is the year-round physical, mental and emotional benefits of habitual gratitude. Gratitude isn’t just saying “thank you”, it’s holding space for appreciation when thinking about all the things you have in life. It’s realizing when we …