Category: Grief Support

Grief Support: Thoughts, tools and techniques to help overcome grief and personal loss, or support someone in the bereavement process.

grieving over the holidays

Grieving Over the Holidays

The holiday season can be an especially painful time for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. As a time of year that is marked by celebration and joy, knowing how to engage with and express your grief can be very difficult. Here are some things to do and to keep in

Collecting Family Photos & Preserving Memories

Collecting Family Photos and Preserving Memories

If you are anything like us, years of treasured photographs are stuffed in drawers that are never opened for fear of an avalanche. Birthdays, anniversaries, family vacations and everyday moments are tucked away because conquering our disorganized mess seems impossible. However when a loved one dies, collecting, organizing and sharing photographs can be a cathartic activity. The

The 5 Stages of Grief: Revisited

Grief is an emotion that we will all experience at some stage in our lives. Breaking up with a romantic partner, experiencing an unexpected career change, or the loss of a loved one all have the potential to bring on deep feelings of sadness and grief. Indeed, just as the events that inspire grief are diverse, so

6 Things to Remember After Losing a Parent

Losing a parent is a very unique form of loss for a number of reasons. The bond between a parent and their child is unlike any other in the world. From our first steps to our first stumbles, our parents are there with us through all things to offer love, support, and guidance. Even as we

Death of a Coworker

Coping with the Death of a Coworker

When experiencing the death of a coworker, there are a number of different thoughts and feelings that arise. Losing a coworker can often feel like losing a member of one’s extended family. However, it may be unclear how and when to express feelings of loss and grief, as you are typically in an environment that

how to write a eulogy

How to Write a Eulogy

There is little in life that causes as much stress as giving a speech. We have nightmares about it, we have support groups for it, we even have national organizations dedicated to celebrating those who can do it well. In the case of having to give a eulogy at a funeral, the pressure may seem

Simple Sympathy Card Messages

Simple Sympathy Card Messages

When someone passes away, it is both a natural instinct and an act of social kindness to express words of sympathy to the family of the deceased. And yet, it can be very difficult to know what words to use to show how you feel, and let those who were closest to the deceased know that you care

scattering cremated remains

Scattering Cremated Remains: What You Need to Know

Cremation rates in North America are skyrocketing. Before the 20th century, very few people were cremated; an act that was seriously frowned upon by the Church. Today rates of cremation are around 40% in the United States and 68% in Canada. These numbers are expected to rise to above 60% in the United States in the next 20