A GLORIOUS SEND-OFF

Posted on November 3rd, 2017
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A formal “visitation” provides friends and family of the deceased with the opportunity to pay their last respects and help them come to grips with their loss. This custom has roots in the Irish “wake,” which is the well-known tradition of giving the deceased a glorious send-off. While viewings once took place at the home […]

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THE FINAL EPITAPH

Posted on June 22nd, 2017
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The epitaph or words inscribed upon headstones and grave markers do more than identify and provide information about the person buried below. An epitaph can also relay a message to the living that will live on in perpetuity. These words carry power, not only because they are literally carved in stone, but because they reflect the […]

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PLACING DEATH IN CONTEXT

Posted on June 19th, 2017
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Funerals are for the living in that they provide family members and friends of the deceased with an avenue of expression and a coping mechanism for their grief and bereavement. The ceremonial ritual may not relieve the pain of grief nor the feelings of loss, emptiness, loneliness, and despair, but it does provide a framework […]

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HELPING CHILDREN UNDERSTAND DEATH

Posted on March 1st, 2017
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    Many parents wait until they are confronted with death before they start thinking about how to talk to their children about it. That may not be the best time, especially if parents are also dealing with the loss. By taking a few moments to reflect on your beliefs about death and your experiences […]

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PROVIDING NEEDED SUPPORT

Posted on February 4th, 2017
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      When a loved one has passed, it’s only natural to feel overwhelmed by feelings of sadness. During this time of intense sorrow, you may understandably feel emotionally drained. To complicate matters further, it can be overwhelming to learn that there is so much that must be done  in terms of planning the funeral […]

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