Helping Loved Ones Manage the Five Stages of Grief

When a loved one passes, the first few days and weeks can be a flurry of activities. Friends and family members lean on one another, talk quite a bit, and work together to plan a cremation ceremony or funeral. At the service, the larger community shows up to pay respects and everyone shares in the […]

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What to Say & Not to Say to Those Grieving

One of the most difficult things that happen to people who are sharing grief is relating to each other sincerely, being a point of care and comfort, not further pain. Here are thoughts that have been offered by others who have suffered intense grief: Sometimes saying nothing, but being there is enough. Those in pain […]

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Cultural Approaches to Death

When we lose a loved one, often our religious or cultural beliefs come into play as we move through the grief process. Often, our cultural concepts of life after death and our traditions and rites provide a layer of comfort. Here are some of the concepts about death held by people around the world. Heaven […]

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Stages of Grief

Everyone processes grief in their own way. Professionals have, however, identified five distinct stages of grief that people all go through, even though each experience is unique. The stages may be experienced in any order and the length and depth of each stage varies widely from one person to the next, based on a virtually […]

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