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Celebrating a Life: Blog

    Monday, 23 October, 2017

    Who has made the greatest impact on your life? Was it your grandma? Maybe your father? Or a partner, a best friend?

    Whoever it may be, have you told them or expressed your gratitude in words? While it may seem tough to find the right words to tell...

    November 16, 2017

    4 Thanksgiving Conversation Starters for Around the Table

    Thanksgiving also provides us the opportunity to engage in family traditions that have been passed down from generations. Whether it’s traveling to an out-of-town family member’s home, gathering for the annual family football game or sharing what...

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    November 9, 2017

    How to Talk to Children About Death and Grief

    Talking to children about loss is never easy. Whether it’s a friend, family member, schoolmate or pet that passed, it’s likely your child will have some questions.

    If you’re feeling unsure about what to say or do—you’re not alone. Each person...

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    November 2, 2017

    Benefits of a Funeral Home with an On-Site Remembrance Center: Personalization and Memorial Options

    Losing a loved one is an emotional time for the entire family.

    Within the first 24 to 48 hours of your loss, there are as many as 125 decisions to make when planning funeral and burial arrangements.

    Some funeral homes offer the ability to purchase...

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    October 26, 2017

    3 Aspects of Planning a Funeral for a Veteran or Public Servant

    “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice.”

    – Barack Obama

    The men and women who answered our nation’s call deserve the most prestigious honor and sendoff. And when a veteran or...

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    October 23, 2017

    How to Have Meaningful Conversation With Your Loved Ones [Free Guide]

    Who has made the greatest impact on your life? Was it your grandma? Maybe your father? Or a partner, a best friend?

    Whoever it may be, have you told them or expressed your gratitude in words? While it may seem tough to find the right words to tell...

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    October 12, 2017

    4 Activities to Plan this October for Family History Month

    October marks Family History Month, a time to celebrate those closest to us. 

    But how did Family History Month come to be? According to Family Tree Magazine, in 2001, Congress passed a resolution introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch, who wrote: 

    “By...

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    September 28, 2017

    Funeral Homes: 5 Features to Look For in a Facility

    A funeral or memorial service should be as special as the life of your loved one. This rings true for the funeral home you select, as well.

    At Busch, we believe a top funeral home will offer you an updated, clean and comfortable facility with a...

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    August 31, 2017

    Live Life to the Fullest: How to Accomplish a Bucket List

    “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” –Oscar Wilde

    Have you ever sat down to write a bucket list—a list of all the accomplishments and experiences you hope to achieve before you die? What did you write? Swim with...

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    August 17, 2017

    5 Must-Have Conversations When Caring for Aging Parents

    Having a conversation with an aging parent about a sensitive topic, such as health or future living situations, can be intimidating, but is often important. From preplanning to final wishes, knowing which words to use (and what to avoid) can ease...

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    August 3, 2017

    Funeral and Wake Etiquette: When to Attend the End-of-Life Celebration of an Acquaintance

    When someone you know experiences the loss of a loved one, your first reaction may be to help. But, you may not be sure what to say or do, especially if the deceased is only an acquaintance. This is a normal feeling, but there are several ways to...

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    July 20, 2017

    How to Choose an End of Life Celebration: Funeral vs. Wake

    Did you know that within the first 24 to 48 hours of someone passing, there are up to 125 decisions to make when planning a funeral? If a loved one has not already documented his or her wishes, a lot of quick decisions need to be made during an...

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    July 6, 2017

    When Should One Attend a Funeral or Wake? 5 Ways to Decide.

    If you’ve ever questioned whether or not you should attend a funeral or wake—you’re not alone. In fact, if you type that exact question into Google, 1,900,000 results will appear. But, before you can answer whether your attendance is necessary, it’s...

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    June 22, 2017

    Family Conversation Topics for Around the Table

    How well do you know the people who matter most to you? You probably know a lot about the people you love, but perhaps there are questions you’ve never thought to ask. Take a second and think about the last time you sat down and had a meaningful...

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    June 8, 2017

    6 Meaningful Questions to Ask Your Dad This Father’s Day

    My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” — Jim Valvano

    With Father’s Day approaching, it’s time to start thinking about the male figures in our lives. Whether it’s a trip to the driving range or a...

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    May 25, 2017

    4 Summer Activities for Cleveland Seniors and Their Families

    With summer under way, Cleveland, Ohio, offers unique attractions and experiences for people of all ages to enjoy. From cultural arts to historic landmarks, seniors and their families can keep busy during the warmer months.

    Continue reading for a...

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    May 11, 2017

    7 Funeral Personalization Ideas Every Family Should Consider

    Losing a loved one is never easy, and each of us grieves in a unique way. According to the National Funeral Directors Association, baby boomers see funerals as a valuable part of the grieving process but are seeking ways to make them more...

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    April 27, 2017

    10 Features You’ll Notice at a Top Northeast Ohio Funeral Home

    Finding the best funeral home for your loved one’s funeral or memorial service is a highly personal and emotional decision to make in your time of grief. Different criteria and features come into play on a family-by-family basis including location,...

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    April 13, 2017

    5 Ways Caregivers Can Help Combat Senior Isolation

    There’s a growing problem of social isolation and loneliness in older generations. In fact, the health risks of prolonged social isolation are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, according the AARP Foundation.

    Many times, when a loved one...

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    March 30, 2017

    6 Compassionate Conversation Topics for a Funeral or Wake

    If you or someone you know recently experienced the loss of a loved one, it may be difficult to find the right words to say. 

    Those who are grieving find comfort in knowing friends and family care. It’s important to take the time to offer words of...

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    March 16, 2017

    4 Important Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Funeral Home

    Following the loss of a loved one, you may feel stressed or lost as you search for the best funeral home. Many families may not know the right features to look for to ensure they’re getting the best value and trusted care.

    For many, the following...

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    March 2, 2017

    Digital Asset Organization and Protection: What You Need To Do

    Email is only 45 years old. Social media is even younger. While managing digital assets is a fairly new part of preplanning, it is a crucial step in the process.

    Your digital assets may contain unpaid bills, family photos and other important...

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    February 23, 2017

    Traveling with Cremated Remains: What You Need to Know

    Following the loss of a loved one, you may need to travel with cremated remains. However, maneuvering through airport security can lead to additional emotional stress to those in mourning. 

    If you or someone you know is planning on traveling with...

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    February 9, 2017

    5 Important Elements to Look For in a Funeral Home

     

    We all have unique end-of-life wishes, and it’s important to find a home that caters to yours. You deserve a celebration that represents your life and personality. 

    However, it can be difficult to narrow down your options if you don’t know where...

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    January 26, 2017

    Digital Assets: 3 Popular, Free Solutions to Password Management

    When it comes to preplanning, there’s a lot to think about. From final resting place to financing, it’s important to ensure your loved ones understand your final wishes and have everything they need to complete them.

    In addition to traditional...

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    January 12, 2017

    4 Final Resting Places for Historic Figures

    For those families who choose burial, cemeteries serve as a final resting place for a loved one. Cemeteries also are a location to visit your loved one once they pass, and adorn their gravestone or monument with memories or flowers.

    Cemeteries are...

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    December 29, 2016

    How to Focus On the Positive in The New Year

    For many, New Years is a time to gather and celebrate with family and friends. However, welcoming the new year can be a difficult experience for those who have recently lost a loved one. 

    You can ease your experience and get back on track by...

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    December 16, 2016

    Today's Caregiver: Providing Comfort and Hope for Those in Need

    Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter once said, “There are four kinds of people: those who will become caregivers, those who are caregivers, those who were caregivers, and those who will need caregiving themselves.”

    Caregiving takes many forms....

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    December 1, 2016

    Holiday Grieving: 12 Activities to Ease the Pain

    In the years following a loss, holiday plans may change and traditions may shift, causing emotional stress. To help ease your experience, you can plan a few activities ahead of time.

    Creating new traditions can be difficult. Yet, reminding yourself...

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    November 17, 2016

    How to Organize Your Personal Information

    What’s on your bucket list? Maybe you want to travel to Paris, hit a hole-in-one, or simply spend more time with family.

    Each of us has a unique list of things we want to accomplish in life, but one activity that should be on everyone’s to-do list...

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    November 3, 2016

    5 Present and Future Benefits of Preplanning

    Planning a funeral can be overwhelming. Many decisions need to be made, from final resting place to service or memorial details, and after a death occurs, it can be difficult to make these arrangements when grieving.

    To protect your loved ones...

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    October 27, 2016

    Identifying a Loved One: What to Expect and How to Prepare

    Losing a loved one is an emotional time for the entire family. The identification process may also be an extremely emotional situation for family members. And it may seem difficult to put yourself in the position to see your deceased loved one.

    ...

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    October 20, 2016

    9 Online Resources for Breast Cancer Prevention, Detection and Support

    It is estimated that 12% of women will develop breast cancer during their lives. And every individual’s experience with breast cancer is unique. 

    There are a variety of resources available that aim to offer information and support. Each resource...

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    October 6, 2016

    How to Fill Out a Cremation Authorization Form

    When a loved one passes away, there are many time-sensitive tasks to complete. And in some situations when a death occurs, these duties must be performed while grieving.

    If your loved one chooses cremation, one of the most important tasks to...

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    September 29, 2016

    Your Preplanning Checklist in 5 Steps

    There’s a lot to know about preplanning a funeral and it’s never too early to start learning. In fact, planning a funeral or cremation requires making up to 125 decisions.

    Losing a loved one is emotional, and making decisions can be overwhelming...

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    September 22, 2016

    Grief Hurts: Understanding and Coping With the Pain

    The pain of losing a loved one can be a very profound experience. No two people cope with grief the same and there is no right or wrong way to feel. In fact, you may experience grief differently each time you experience a loss. Even children and...

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    September 15, 2016

    Tips to Follow When Arranging a Cremation

    It’s projected that by 2030, nearly 71% of individuals will choose cremation.

    If you’re arranging your own cremation or carrying out final wishes for a loved one, there are many important decisions to make. And in some situations these decisions...

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    September 8, 2016

    5 Books to Turn to For Support While Grieving

    We all grieve in different ways, but one thing is certain: it’s possible for the heartache to overtake our lives and make essential tasks seem impossible. While duties that once seemed simple may take a toll on us both physically and emotionally...

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    September 1, 2016

    Who to Include When Preplanning Your Funeral

    We may not know how much longer we have in life, but we can certainly prepare for our passing through end-of-life plans. When preparing yourself and family for death, you can never be too prepared. By preplanning your funeral, you can arrange and...

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    August 25, 2016

    4 Steps to Choosing the Right Funeral Home

    Selecting a funeral home for yourself or a loved one allows you to plan a unique end-of-life celebration.

    There are many steps to follow when choosing the right funeral home before or after a death occurs—from selecting the location to touring...

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    August 18, 2016

    How to Write a Meaningful Obituary

    While there are elements of an obituary that people expect to see, such as funeral arrangements and possible memorial donation requests, there are certain characteristics that can make an obituary more meaningful.

    Honor your loved one by telling a...

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    August 11, 2016

    4 Meaningful Final Resting Places for Cremated Remains

    When a loved one passes away there are many ways you can celebrate their life. Today, cremation is a popular final wish for families and individuals. 

    But once a cremation has taken place you still have to decide on a final resting place for the...

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    August 4, 2016

    Online Funerals: How Technology Has Reshaped Tradition

    We shop, talk to friends and pay bills online. The Internet is a part of everything we do, even how we express our feelings. It's common to scroll through Facebook and see a happy or sad status. People share their lives in short, but public, posts....

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    July 28, 2016

    3 Tips for the “Sandwich Generation” to Find Relief

    You get home from a long day of work to find your kids need money for a school function. Not only that, your parents need you to take them to the doctor in the morning, which will likely mean new medication you’ll need to buy.

    This is the life of...

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    July 21, 2016

    Digital Life After Death: What You Need to Know

    Digital assets are central to our everyday lives. From social media accounts to iTunes music collections, our electronic life is an extension of who we are.

    When carrying out end-of-life plans for a loved one, it’s important to know and understand...

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    July 14, 2016

    Senior Financial Literacy: Make the Most of Your Money Post-Retirement

    Retirement is a time when seniors adapt to many changes. You’ve spent your life building up a retirement fund to live a comfortable life, but even with your savings, you’ll likely need to make adjustments in your spending. Keep reading for tips on...

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    July 7, 2016

    3 Tips for Talking to Your Parents About Preplanning

    If you’ve ever experienced your parents planning a funeral for a loved one, you know the stress it can cause. They had to rush to make decisions, pay for the services and accommodate friends and family. There was no time to process what was...

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    June 30, 2016

    A Comprehensive Guide to Simple Will Preparation

    Creating a will is an emotional task. Acknowledging our own mortality can be a struggle, and putting it down on paper may be even harder. This is perhaps why 51 percent of Americans between 55 and 64 are without a will. You’re not alone.

    However,...

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    June 21, 2016

    10 Questions and Answers About Funeral Etiquette

    Attending a funeral can be an emotional and awkward experience for many people. It’s not uncommon to be unsure of what to wear, who to bring or how to act. Below are answers to common questions to help make this experience a bit easier for you.

    1....

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    June 16, 2016

    10 Sympathy Quotes for Someone Who’s Grieving

    During a time of sadness, it’s often difficult to find the right words to say to someone. Sending your condolences or sympathy can make a difference in a person’s grieving process, but how can you make it meaningful.

    Common phrases used are, “I’m...

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    June 9, 2016

    Are You Authorized? What You Need to Know When Arranging a Cremation

    Before you can arrange a cremation service, you have to verify that you have the legal authority to make the decision. To prevent disputes, Ohio law only permits certain individuals to authorize funeral, burial and cremation arrangements in a...

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    June 1, 2016

    How To Write and Deliver a Great Eulogy

    Were you chosen to deliver the eulogy for a dear friend or family member? If so, this is a great opportunity to honor someone who was close to you.

    The eulogy is part of the funeral or memorial where people share in their grief and reflect on the...

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    May 26, 2016

    Medicaid and Funeral Preplanning: Plan Ahead to Avoid Regret

    How many times have you made a quick decision that produced poor results? How did you feel after you made it? Research shows that people who feel rushed tend to regret their decision, even when it turns out well. You can even regret mundane...

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    May 10, 2016

    Life Insurance vs. Funeral Policy: Am I Covered?

    When a loved one passes away, you may be left scrambling to pay for the funeral. You know there is a life insurance policy in place, but you might not see that money for some time. And you’re not sure if it will cover the whole cost. This is all...

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    April 26, 2016

    3 Reasons Why It’s Never Too Early to Preplan Your Funeral

    Why do we wait to check items off our bucket list like taking a trip to Hawaii, or learning to play an instrument? There’s no better time than the present for living life to the fullest, and it often starts by taking that first step.

    There are other...

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    April 19, 2016

    4 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Cremation Provider

    Choosing a cremation service is a big decision to make. Before committing to a provider, you have the right to ask questions to ensure you’re loved one will be cared for and that you are receiving the best value within your price range.

    Many...

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    April 18, 2016

    How to Plan a Loving Gathering Before or After a Cremation

    These days, more families and individuals are choosing cremation as their final wish. In fact, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) projects that nearly 56% will select cremation by 2020.

    As the popularity of cremation rises, so do...

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    April 13, 2016

    How to Get Affordable Cremation Without Sacrificing Service [EBOOK]

    In recent years, we’ve experienced more American families choosing cremation as a final wish. It’s projected by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) that in 2030, 71% of those who die will be cremated.

    As the number of cremations...

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    April 5, 2016

    German Funeral Director Brings Unique Experience to Cleveland

    The small town of Haan, Germany is more than 4,000 miles (a 12-hour plane ride) away from Cleveland. But, that long distance didn’t stop Maike Piepenstock (m-EYE-kah pip-IN-stock) from journeying here to fulfill her career and travel desires.

    Busch...

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    March 29, 2016

    How to Preplan a Cremation: What You Need To Know

    Cremation is a rising trend in the United States. 48.5% of dispositions were cremations in 2015, and the percentage is expected to grow to 56.2% by 2020.

    Also increasing is the number of people preplanning their funerals. Did you know you can also...

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    March 22, 2016

    How to Preplan Your Funeral: 125 Decisions Made Easy

    Throughout your lifetime, you plan for milestones like your wedding, graduation and retirement. These occasions gather crowds for a celebration and require extensive planning to make happen. It shouldn’t be any different for your funeral—the...

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    March 15, 2016

    Funeral Preplanning: The Missing Piece in Your End-of-Life Plans

    Have you ever had that feeling that something important is missing? Maybe a recipe needed an extra teaspoon of sugar, or your favorite puzzle’s final piece was nowhere to be found. The final product isn’t quite right when you don’t have all the...

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    March 8, 2016

    3 Eye-Opening Factors That Will Help You Avoid Funeral Sticker Shock

    Believe it or not, the average cost of a funeral is $7,000 to $10,000. Yet, according to our survey of Ohio households, we found that 38% of respondents believe funerals cost $4,000 or less in total.

    With this gap in perception and actual cost,...

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    February 25, 2016

    How to Create a Unique Cremation Service Memorial

    When planning a cremation memorial you have many options to choose from, and a personalized tribute can be a loving way to say goodbye.

    Every memorial service should be as exceptional as the person who died. Was your loved one always the life of the...

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    February 5, 2016

    “Affordable” Cremation: 4 Things You Need To Consider

    Over the past 50 years, cremation has grown exponentially. In fact, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) predicts that cremation will surpass burials by 2020.

    So why is cremation becoming such a common choice? Well, one of the most...

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    January 29, 2016

    How to Talk to Your Family About Funeral Preplanning

    Funeral preplanning is something families across the country are starting to discuss and consider. One reason to preplan is to lift the burden off grieving family members. However, discussing end-of-life arrangements is a difficult conversation for...

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    January 20, 2016

    Why Funeral Preplanning Eases the Grieving Process

    Grieving for a loved one is a process that every individual handles in his or her own way. But, for all, the funeral or memorial service is a critical phase in the grieving process. The entire funeral process allows your family to gain acceptance...

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    January 14, 2016

    Win Their Appreciation: Top 3 Reasons to Preplan Your Funeral

    When a loved one passes away, family and close friends find themselves grieving and in emotional upheaval. In fact, studies show that individuals who must make end-of-life decisions for family members are faced with serious stress following the event

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    December 22, 2015

    3 Grief Support Resources in Northeast Ohio

    Grief support offers help and assistance for those who need extra comforting during difficult times like holidays, anniversaries and birthdays. Grief support centers help with the transition after a loved one passes, and many organizations in...

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    December 17, 2015

    5 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with Your Grandkids Around Cleveland

    Whether you live down the road or a few states away, the holiday season is the time many of us get to see our grandkids. It’s a chance to round up the kids, partake in favorite family traditions and celebrate the holidays with the ones who mean the...

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    December 15, 2015

    How to Cope With Grief During the Holidays

    A Letter from Mark and Jim Busch

    Dear friend,

    Every year, we find ourselves counting down the days until the holiday season. While most of us normally view the season as merry and bright, you may not feel that way if you recently experienced a loss...

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    December 10, 2015

    6 Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Grieving Loved Ones

     The age old saying, “It’s the thought that counts,” is especially true when giving gifts to grieving loved ones during the holidays. Unfortunately, there is no gift big enough to take away someone’s grief or bring back a loved one. It may seem like...

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    December 1, 2015

    10 Holiday Events for Northeast Ohio Seniors

    Can you believe the 2015 holiday season is already here? We’ve gathered around the table with slices of pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. Now, we’re ready to gear up for December, the most holiday-filled month of the year.

    If you’ve recently...

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