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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...

    Cathy Nichols

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    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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    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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    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 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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    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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