Five Things Not to Say to Those Who Are Grieving

  • Posted on: 28 August 2015
  • By: rachelburns

When a friend or loved one suffers a loss it's often hard to know the right thing to say.
When you say the following things to someone who is grieving it is likely that you don't mean to hurt their feelings. Much of the time you are trying to engage them in conversation, convey sympathy, and gain a better understanding of what they are dealing with. No matter what you are working to achieve, consider the following phrases or topics off-limits when talking with a friend or loved one who is bereaved:

Helping Children Deal with Grief

  • Posted on: 28 August 2015
  • By: rachelburns

Handling your child's first experience with death can be tricky. Your child's age as well as their relationship with the person who has passed will have the greatest influence on how you deal with the situation.
Children process loss differently at each age but there are things you can do to help them work through the grieving process, just as you would with an adult, to help them navigate what can be a very confusing time.

Simple Ways to Cheer Up a Grieving Friend

  • Posted on: 28 August 2015
  • By: rachelburns

Sometimes the simplest gestures can be the most meaningful. If you have a friend or loved one who is dealing with loss you may be wondering what you can do to help. Support can come in many forms - a listening ear, a homemade meal, or an offer to sweep the kitchen. But often, what your friend or loved one may actually benefit from most is a little lifting of their spirits.

What to Write in a Sympathy Card

  • Posted on: 28 August 2015
  • By: rachelburns

Whether it's a close friend or relative, a co-worker, or an acquaintance, we've all been a position where we've wanted to send or sign a sympathy card for the bereaved and we've been at a loss for words. There's the go-to tried and true phrases such as "Sorry for your loss," and "Sending thoughts and prayers to you and your family," but sometimes we'd like to use something a little different.

Gifts for the Bereaved

  • Posted on: 28 August 2015
  • By: rachelburns

When a friend or loved one has experienced a loss, sometimes we feel the need to send more than a simple note or card as a means to relay our sympathy. If you're looking for some ideas for a little something to send to a recently bereaved friend, we have a few suggestions you may wish to consider.

Dressing Children for a Funeral

  • Posted on: 28 August 2015
  • By: rachelburns

While it is not always a good idea to bring children to a funeral, there are times and places when it is entirely appropriate. Funerals for family members, young friends, or those close to the family will often have children in attendance. In grief, it can be difficult enough to worry about what you will wear to the service, let alone what is or is not appropriate for your kids to wear.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness

  • Posted on: 28 August 2015
  • By: rachelburns

October is SIDS, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Each day, 13 babies are lost to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other unexpected infant deaths. Additionally, more than 70 new parents will receive the news that their baby is stillborn while countless others will lose a child to miscarriage, according to First Candle, an organization geared toward supporting families who have experienced a loss due to SIDS, and promoting SIDS awareness and prevention.

Grief and the Holiday Season

  • Posted on: 28 August 2015
  • By: rachelburns

The holiday season is typically associated with love, happiness, and joy. However, for a person or family who has recently experienced a loss, it can be difficult to find joy during the holidays. Whether the emotional distress is due to a loss from death, or from a transition such as a child moving away to school or getting married and beginning their new life, there are many instances where grief can overshadow the once-joyful holiday season.

Bereavement After Caregiving

  • Posted on: 28 August 2015
  • By: rachelburns

Each year, more and more people are caring for loved ones with a chronic condition, disability, or the effects of old age. The Caregiver Action Network reports that as many as 90 million people in the United States have taken on the role of caregiver, with two out of every five adults being caregivers in some way, shape or form.
November is National Family Caregivers Awareness month. In 2013, 39% of all Americans were caring for a loved one who was sick or disabled, a 9% increase from 2010.

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