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Children and Grief: It doesn’t always look like you’d think

No matter what our age, grieving is a process. There is no right or wrong way to grieve, and the process looks different for every individual. But for children, grief can look very different than the grief of an adult. Children are still learning to understand, identify, and regulate their emotions. When a child is faced with loss and/or trauma, …

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Children and Grief: How do young children mourn?

Helping a child process the loss of a loved one is never easy, particularly when you’re in the midst of dealing with your own grief. But when that child is a preschooler? It can be an even bigger challenge. How do you help a child grieve when they can’t effectively articulate their feelings yet? Here are a few important factors …

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The Very Real, Very Raw Grief of Losing a Pet

When speaking of the loss of a beloved pet, it’s easy to try and minimize the grief. Sometimes, people feel that their sadness isn’t justified. It was “just a pet” after all. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Pets are beloved members of our families, often spending a decade or more sharing their joy and unconditional love with …

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Eco-Friendly Death: What You Need to Know About Green Burial

If you haven’t heard of green burial yet, it’s doubtless that you will soon. Green or eco-friendly burials are becoming a more and more popular option for perpetual care. Many people are rejecting the traditional notion that burial needs to cost tens of thousands of dollars and make a huge impact on the natural environment. Green burial is inexpensive, simple, …

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Dying Overweight: Are My Options Still Dignified?

If you or a loved one are very overweight, you may have unspoken worries and concerns about what will happen to the body after you/they pass away. Some very common, but often unvoiced, questions include the following: Will my body still be treated with respect and dignity? Can I be cremated? Are my burial options the same as those of …

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10 Things You’re Too Afraid to Ask about Cremation

If you’re considering cremation, you likely have questions. While most questions are common and easily answered, there are other questions that you may be hesitant to ask. Here are ten of our most frequently asked questions that you may be afraid to ask. 1. How do I know if the cremains returned to me are actually those of my loved …

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Surprising Benefits of Prepaid Funeral Expenses

Taking care of prepaid funeral expenses and funeral pre-planning can be a surprisingly empowering experience. It gives you a sense of control over your end-of-life experience, ensuring that things can go just the way you hope they ought to. Here are a few surprising benefits of prepaid funeral expenses. Prepaid funeral expenses are just another part of end-of-life planning Think …

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Everything You Need to Know About Memorial Services

Memorial services, (another term for a funeral or a celebration of life), are services to honor the deceased any time after their passing. Here is what to expect from a memorial service, and some basic etiquette you might want to know before attending one. Locations for memorial services A memorial service can be held almost anywhere. Such as: A funeral …

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Words of Condolences You Should Avoid

It’s never easy seeking the right words of condolence to share with someone you care for who has suffered a loss. Even with the very best of intentions, the wrong choice of words could inflict more harm than good. Here is a sensitive guide to words of condolence to avoid, and a few that might be just right. Words of …