Grieving Children

Grieving Children: Resources to Help Them & You

The loss of someone we love can leave us speechless, distraught, physically and emotionally hurt. As adults, we have years of life experience under us and yet when someone around us passes away, all that experience ultimately seems moot. Death and loss have tremendous effects on us so one can only imagine, or try to imagine,

environmental impact of burial

The Environmental Impact of Funerals Infographic

It is often said that death is a cycle whereupon the body, carbon and a person’s essence are returned to the earth. What this maxim forgets to include is 6 billion tons of concrete, 800,000 gallons of Formaldehyde, and enough wood in one year to build 4.6 million single family homes! In fact, you could

how much does cremation cost

How Much Does Cremation Cost in North America?

How Much Does Cremation Cost in North America? Death is the ultimate fact of life. It is something most of us avoid talking about. In many cultures, people are uncomfortable dealing with the realities of dying and most know the pain and grief that accompany the loss of a loved one all too well. In

Who Has the Right to Make Decisions About Your Funeral?

Who Has the Right to Make Decisions About Your Funeral? Body disposition, cemetery law, funerary arrangements and more, state by state. Let us have a look at the various statutes and laws existing within the United States of America, regarding the question of personal preference and designation of an agent for the purpose of body

Euthanasia Bill

Slippery Slope, or Progressive Leap? Quebec’s Euthanasia Bill

Quebec’s Euthanasia Bill 52 UPDATE:  Bill 52 passed yesterday afternoon, June 5th, 2015, at the National Assembly with a vote of 94-22. Recently the Quebec government in Canada proposed legislation guaranteeing a patient’s right to access doctor assisted suicide. Bill 52 is not the first time such legislation has been proposed in Canada or the

dealing with loneliness

Dealing with Loneliness – How to Overcome Feelings of Loneliness

Loneliness can be a painful feeling. Low self-esteem, depression, negative thinking and low self-worth can all reinforce or lead to feelings of loneliness. Loneliness is a complex mental and emotional phenomenon that is a result of many different brain functions. Like any emotion, loneliness will ebb, flow and eventually disappear but like any emotion practical

what is grief

Physical & Emotional Symptoms of Grief

Physical & Emotional Symptoms of Grief What is grief? Grief is one form of dealing with loss. It manifests itself as emotional pain which can then lead to physical pain. Typically grief is associated with the death of a loved one: be it a significant other, family member, pet or even a colleague. Since this

death rituals

Death Rituals Around the World

North American burial practices and death rituals are second nature to most of us. We have all been to a religious service to memorialize a loved one or visited a cemetery at least once in our lives. However we often don’t realize how varied death rituals are around the world. Were you aware of the

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