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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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    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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    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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