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How to Help Aged Relatives Unable to Attend a Family Funeral

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How to Help Aged Relatives Unable to Attend a Family Funeral

      It is not at all unusual that a family will have at least one relative who is too far and/or infirm to attend a funeral. This can be a source of great pain for that loved one if they were close to the person who has died, and it is very important to support them through their grief. This can mean visiting them more, listening to them when they talk about their pain, and understanding that no matter how old or ill they might be, they will still have to process their grief. They will have to...


Overcoming the Death of a Beloved Pet

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Overcoming the Death of a Beloved Pet

      Imagine taking care of a loved one for a decade or even two and then watching them slowly fail. You know there is nothing you can do about it, and you give them all the love, care and attention they need while silently preparing your heart for the loss to come. Even though it is expected, it can be overwhelming, and this is true whether that decade or more of care went to a human being or a pet. Overcoming the death of a pet can be especially difficult because they typically need our attention throughout their...


Guide for Filling Cremation Jewelry

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Guide for Filling Cremation Jewelry

      If you have purchased a piece of cremation jewelry or even several cremation jewelry pendants, it is likely due to the fact that you have decided to keep your loved one close to you, but in a discreet and deeply personal way. The different styles of cremation jewelry show that we can use special and beautiful symbols to help overcome our loss. Whether it is an urn necklace designed with a paw print, reminding us of our intense love for a family pet or a patriotic symbol for a loved one who passed while serving in the...


Is It Better to Keep Ashes?

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Is It Better to Keep Ashes?

When we suffer a loss, our grief can make us yearn to hold on to the person we lost in any way that we can. We might refuse to give away their clothing, clean up their possessions or even deal with issues like canceling mail delivery. These are such final things, and they can each be very painful. This is also why so many people are torn over what to do with a loved one's ashes. While there are some instances when a decorative keepsake urn is used to house the ashes and keep them in a family home, not...


There Is No Such Thing as Normal When Grieving

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There Is No Such Thing as Normal When Grieving

  One of the worst things we can do when we are grieving the loss of a loved one is to put pressure on ourselves to behave in a way that others feel is "normal". If you want to go out for a very long walk, remaining in the air for hours, it is perfectly acceptable. If you want to have a good, loud cry, that is fine. There is no such thing as normal when we are struggling with grief. Though there are very recognizable "stages" in grief, and it can be incredibly therapeutic to read about them and...