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    Thursday, 27 June, 2019

    If you’re providing comfort and care for an aging or ailing loved one, it’s likely you stepped into a caregiver without any formal training. Yet, you saw the need and willingly came forward to fulfill it.

    While you may not have envisioned yourself...

    May 21, 2020

    Do We Move On or Move Forward From Grief?

    “Grief is so uncomfortable.” That’s one of the opening lines writer Nora McInerny shares in her candid TED Talk about life and death.

    TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful snippets.

    In this particular...

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    April 30, 2020

    Is Grief Only Associated With Death? 4 Types of Grief You May Experience in Life

    For many, the word grief is often associated with death. While it’s normal and natural to grieve the passing of a loved one, grief is not always exclusive to death.

    Grief is also about loss, and loss comes in many different forms. Some losses are...

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    January 30, 2020

    What Is Complicated Grief?

    The loss of a loved one is likely the single hardest experience we face in our lives. The grieving process can take days, weeks or even months to unfold, but gradually with time, acceptance is expected to occur.

    When it stalls or persists, ...

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    January 2, 2020

    5 New Year’s Resolutions for the Bereaved

    For many of us, the new year means a fresh start. It’s an opportunity to let go of the past and look forward to the future.

    But, welcoming the new year can be extremely difficult for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. While it may...

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    December 19, 2019

    25+ Ways to Keep a Loved One’s Memory Alive this Holiday Season

    For many, the holidays bring about joy, as close family members and friends gather to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. But for some, the holidays can be a painful reminder of the people we’ve lost.

    If you’re grieving this holiday...

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    December 12, 2019

    Are There Really 5 Stages of Grief?

    People often talk about the five “stages” of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance—as if they’re the only explanation for what people experience after a loss. There are hundreds of resources online and offline that back this...

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    December 5, 2019

    5 Ways to Create New Holiday Traditions After a Loss

    As we head into the holiday season, many people look forward to various beloved family traditions, like sharing meals, decorating cookies, hanging lights and singing carols. 

    But, what happens when you lose an integral part of that tradition?

    After...

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    August 8, 2019

    3 Reasons to Involve Children in Final Arrangements

    Following the loss of a close family member or friend, there’s a common misconception that children are too young to attend funeral or memorial services.

    Parents or grandparents may feel that funerals are only designed for adults because they may be...

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    August 1, 2019

    5 Ways to Comfort the Bereaved

    When a friend or family member is grieving the loss of a loved one, it’s normal to feel helpless. We all want to say and do the right thing, but not everyone knows how.

    Keep in mind each person experiences grief differently. What comforts you may...

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    May 16, 2019

    5 Summer Programs for Grieving Children and Teens In and Around Cleveland

    According to Crossroads Hospice, nearly 5 million children in the U.S. experience the death of one or both parents. Sadly, this number does not include the loss of other significant people in their lives.

    To aid those grieving, the Cleveland area...

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