What is Appropriate Funeral Behavior?

  • Posted on: 28 October 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: 28 October 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: 28 October 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: 28 October 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: 28 October 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.

Honoring a Life After Cremation

  • Posted on: 28 October 2015
  • By: rachelburns

Cremation is becoming a more common end-of-life practice as more and more people choose not to spend the thousands of dollars a traditional funeral and burial costs. However, some struggle with how to memorialize a cremation and what kind of ceremony is appropriate.

Grief Support Groups: finding peace through community

  • Posted on: 28 October 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: 28 October 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: 28 October 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: 28 October 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.

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