Why do we have funerals?

  • Posted on: 8 May 2015
  • By: rachelburns

Funerals have been around as long as death, in some form or another. But why did humans create a ceremony that revolves around death and loss? Funerals serve many purposes: personally, emotionally, and socially.
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How to Communicate Your Grief

  • Posted on: 8 May 2015
  • By: rachelburns

Everyone has expectations about grief, despite the fact that everyone grieves differently. The different ways that people grieve can often cause strife, especially between family members who feel that others aren't grieving "appropriately" just because they are doing it in a way that looks different than their own. So how can you communicate your grief to others, both for their benefit, and for yours?

Unique Sympathy Gifts

  • Posted on: 8 May 2015
  • By: rachelburns

A sympathy gift is a gift you give to the bereaved to help them cope with the loss of a loved one. Traditionally, flowers or cards are sent but there are several other unique ways to express your sympathy. Here are just a few ideas we've gathered that are helpful, long-lasting or more meaningful than a bouquet.

Grief Support Groups: finding peace through community

  • Posted on: 8 May 2015
  • By: rachelburns

When you're dealing with grief, it can be hard to find an outlet. The people around you simply can't know what you're feeling and thinking. Well meaning people will say "I feel your pain" or "I know what you're going through" but the truth is that they don't. Everyone's grief is different and when you find yourself struggling with how to deal with your emotions, it may be time to reach out to a grief support group.

How to avoid overeating through grief

  • Posted on: 8 May 2015
  • By: rachelburns

Grief can alter our appetites as well as our emotions. Generally when people deal with grief their appetite will go one of two ways - into nonexistence or into overdrive.
If you find yourself overeating through grief, there are several reasons why you may be doing this and several ways to get yourself back into a healthy diet.

Regaining your appetite during grief

  • Posted on: 8 May 2015
  • By: rachelburns

It is a common reaction during a time of grief to lose your appetite for awhile. Sadness, anxiety and depression have different effects on all of us, but for many, food just becomes unappetizing. This is troublesome because the stress we experience during times of grief can deplete our immune system and we actually become less capable of fighting infection. If we're not eating well during these times of stress, our health can become compromised. And adding sickness on top of grief can cause even more stress, creating an extremely unhealthy downward spiral.

Cooking to Grieve

  • Posted on: 8 May 2015
  • By: rachelburns

In the early stages of grief, cooking or eating something our lost loved one used to make can be difficult and painful. However, as we move through grief, cooking can become a certain kind of therapy.

Grief After a Suicide

  • Posted on: 8 May 2015
  • By: rachelburns

All loss of life and the subsequent grief is difficult, but grieving after a suicide can be particularly hard because of conflicting feelings you may be having about your loved one who chose to take their life. Here are a few things to remember as you deal with this difficult time.

Finding the Right Words: what to say after someone has died

  • Posted on: 8 May 2015
  • By: rachelburns

When we know someone who has lost a loved one, it's hard to know exactly what to say to them when we see them at the wake or funeral, or maybe just putting words into a sympathy card can be difficult. Then in the weeks and months that follow, what is and is not appropriate to talk about, and how do we continue to express our sympathy?
Below are just a few tips for different scenarios on how to express your feelings genuinely and succinctly.
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