Recently several clients and some dear friends have come to me struggling with the deaths of loved ones.Death is often a topic each of us would like to avoid - like a dirty, little secret that if we just ignore it long enough, maybe it will go away.Gratefully, I have an easy relationship with death.
"How do I explain this to my kids?" I find that many parents do not know how to talk to kids about death. I worked in bereavement care at a funeral home for fourteen years caring for children and their families when death occurred.While my major focus was on people, I often received phone
Having to look at different funeral homes for a deceased loved one is not something anyone looks forward to. Even though you may find it hard to focus during this time, the more you research and prepare yourself for the task, the more money you can save by making the best final arrangements.
Cremation has been on a rise since the price of burial and full funeral has been rising for the past few decades. Now instead of spending upwards of $4000 dollars people are looking to cremation as their way after life. It is a much cheaper and available option. There are many benefits of a crematio
When coping with the loss of a family member, spouse or close friend, occasionally we have a hard time finding the words to explain the depth of our feelings of loss aloud. However, sometimes the words we put down on paper, such as grieving poems, can speak volumes more than we can ever say.
When planning a funeral either for yourself or for a loved one, there are many factors you need to weigh and consider. Perhaps the most important decision you will make in this difficult time is which funeral provider to use. Your funeral provider will be responsible in large part for the ceremony a
Dying is a process and although not every person experiences the same physical changes as they move toward death there are enough similarities that you can know when the end is getting closer. It is hard to witness these changes but being aware means you are better able to help and to offer love rig
The pain of losing a child is incomprehensible. Once the shock and disbelief sets in one of the first things that happens is you ask yourself questions. Why? How? What is going on? Am I going crazy? All sorts of questions appear in your mind and come out of your mouth.
The holidays can be a stressful time for everyone. When you have lost a loved one, the holidays can be filled with mixed emotions of joy and sorrow. After the loss of my mother, the first Thanksgiving and Christmas were filled with a sense of displacement.
Finding strategies for coping with death and dealing with funeral arrangements is a very proactive way to take your mind off of your loss. Most people, however, do not feel like doing anything. The numbness and pain of mourning can leave many individuals feeling drained.
When someone close to us dies, there is a great deal of deep sadness and perhaps even utter devastation over the loss of the person we love. In spite of these raw feelings of grief, there are many arrangements that must be made in a rather short period of time. Most often we are in need of some guid
Many mortuaries are opting to automate many of the day to day tasks associated with this type of business. One task in particular is in the production of funeral programs. Mortuary software has come a long way since its inception.
There are many overwhelming aspects to handle when a loved one passes away. One of the biggest tasks you'll face right off the bat is planning the cremation service, if your loved one made it clear that they wanted their remains cremated upon their death. It may seem like an overwhelming amount
With the current UK mortality rate standing at around 500,000 annually, studies have revealed that two thirds of us would wish to die at home rather than in hospital or in a care home. Unfortunately, contrary to our wishes, the facts show that 60% of people actually die in hospital.
When a loved on passes away it can leave you with a broken heart. The last thing that a person needs when arranging cremation service for a loved one is running into a hassle about having the ashes spread or getting caught up in a lot of red tape.
The loss of a loved one is a painful to anyone that experienced it. But when you are given a chance to write a funeral eulogy for that departed loved one, may he be a friend a lover or a relative, don't back down, do not ever decline, this task on writing a funeral eulogy is a privilege, a hono
When planning a funeral either for yourself or for a loved one, there are many things you need to weigh and consider. One of the most important decisions you will make in this difficult time is where the remains should be interred, or what should be done with them if they are not to be buried or ent
The client, a remodeling contractor, described a breakthrough in my grief counseling with him. It came to me this morning, while drinking my morning coffee. I am in the midst of the biggest remodeling project of my life! Big parts of the life I built together with my wife no longer fit.
Cremation is increasing in popularity as an option for end of life. One of the benefits of cremation is that it offers several options for preservation of the ashes. This article offers several suggestions for cremation keepsakes.
The cost of funerals are outpacing inflation and is becoming more and more commoditized. Caskets are marked up double and triple the manufacturers price and can in many instances leaved the bereaved with a heavy financial burden. This article introduces the idea of bringing the funeral services home