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Funeral Gifts Instead of Flowers

One of the questions you might have when trying to comfort someone who has lost a loved one is what funeral gifts instead of flowers can I send or give that will help them feel better? The impulse to send flowers is a good one, and it’s one we all…...

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Benefits of Cremation Services

If your loved one left a living will or end of life instructions, thinking about the benefits of cremation vs. burial might not be necessary for you and your family as you grieve. Because your loved one indicated the type of service they want, you can simply focus on carrying…...

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The Best Books on Grieving

There is a reason the best books on grieving continue to be beloved books for people even long after they’ve been published. Grief is an experience we all face at one time or another, but because we all grieve differently, we can’t assume we know how someone else feels as…...

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How to Support Someone Who is Grieving

It can feel impossible to know how to support someone who is grieving. Grief is an intensely personal, and often private, process. One of the things we hear and read when we study grief is that everyone is different: some process alone, others with family and community; some need to…...

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Your First Valentine’s Day After the Death of Your Spouse

Your first Valentine’s Day after the death of your spouse can seem an insurmountable and depressing holiday. It’s true that holidays in general can be stressful times for people who are grieving, but some holidays might seem to be a bit more difficult than others. For many people, that includes…...

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Grief and Laughter

Grief and laughter might seem like two words that don’t belong together at all. But the opposite is actually true. Grief and Laughter: An Example Do you remember the movie Steel Magnolias? If not, here’s a brief summary, just to set the scene (and a spoiler alert): it’s a story…...

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Social Media and Death

These are questions previous generations haven’t had to answer: what are the rules about social media and death? What should we do about social media when a loved one dies? Should we post about it? Should someone close their accounts? What’s the right thing to say on social media when…...

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Living Alone After the Death of a Spouse

Living alone after death of a spouse is one of the hardest things a person can endure. This is true whether you were married or simply building a life together, whether you spent decades together or were partners for a shorter amount of time. When you’ve lived with someone and…...

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How Do You Deal With the Death of a Spouse

There is no easy way to say it: the death of a spouse is a traumatic event. Losing a spouse can completely change your world in every way. It can plunge you into grief, make you feel lonely and alone, and even affect your finances and standard of living.  While…...

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Five New Year Resolutions To Make When You are Grieving

Dealing with grief at any time is a challenge, but dealing with grief in the New Year is especially difficult. Sometimes it might even feel like it’s an impossible concept. That’s completely understandable. Holidays are a time we all associate with loved ones and our greatest memories probably include times…...

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