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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.