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.
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.
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.
Flowers are a visual expression of love, sympathy, and respect. When a friend or loved one has experienced a loss, sending flowers can be a way of showing support and sharing the burden of grief.
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.
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.
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.
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.
November is National Family Caregivers Awareness month. Each year, the caregiver population grows as more and more people take on the role and devote themselves to helping loved ones with a chronic condition, disability, or who are struggling with the effects of age.
The physical and emotional stress of caregiving can be huge. If you have a friend or loved one who has taken on the role of caregiver, take some time out this month to recognize them for their compassion. Here are a few suggestions that may help you recognize the caregiver in your life:
November is National Alzheimers Disease Awareness Month in addition to National Caregiver Month. In the United States alone there are estimated to be more than 15 million Alzheimers and Dementia caregivers.