Explaining Death to a Child

  • Posted on: 31 May 2015
  • By: rachelburns

In the midst of grief over a lost loved one, it can be easy to overlook what your child may be going through. Children grieve and feel loss too, even very young children. So it's important to talk to them about what has happened and help them work through their feelings.
The amount a child can understand or grasp about death will depend on several factors including age, maturity, personality and experience. Here are a few pointers on working through death with a child:

How to deal with the anniversary of a death

  • Posted on: 31 May 2015
  • By: rachelburns

If you've ever lost someone close to you, then you know that the anniversary of their death is something you never forget. And each year, as that date draws near, you can feel yourself going through the grieving process all over again. There's absolutely nothing wrong with taking a moment each year to remember your lost loved on, to give yourself a moment to grieve, but it's also a time to celebrate their life.

How to Help a Loved One Grieve

  • Posted on: 31 May 2015
  • By: rachelburns

Helping a friend through a time of grief can be difficult. Most of us are not comfortable talking about death or consoling someone through the death of a loved one. We all want to do something to help our grieving friend, but we're not sure what to do or say, or if they even want us to reach out.
The most important thing to remember is that you don't have to say or do just the right thing. Being there for your friend and offering help in whatever way they need will speak volumes.

What is Appropriate Funeral Behavior?

  • Posted on: 31 May 2015
  • By: rachelburns

Preceding the death of a loved one, family members of the deceased must go through a series of ceremonies which may include a wake, funeral, burial service and reception.
Whether you go to one or all of these services, there are some things to keep in mind that will make the events easier for you and for the family.

Bringing Children to a Funeral

  • Posted on: 31 May 2015
  • By: rachelburns

Whether or not bringing a child to a funeral is appropriate depends heavily on the individual child. Funerals and visitations/wakes are intense events, and your child has to be prepared for what they'll be attending. You know your child well enough to know if they can handle the situation, what they will see, if they can behave throughout the event or if it will upset them.

Why do we have funerals?

  • Posted on: 31 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: 31 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: 31 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.

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