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Celebrating a Life: Blog

    Thursday, 24 January, 2019

    In the days, weeks and months following a loss, it’s important to remember the grieving process has no set timeline. Grieving is not a linear experience or the same from person to person— some days you may feel positive, while others may feel...

    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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    May 2, 2019

    6 Compassionate Conversation Topics for a Funeral or Memorial Service

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

    The intense pain that accompanies grief often makes others feel uncomfortable about offering support to those grieving. But, don’t let discomfort...

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    April 18, 2019

    Facing Addiction in Northeast Ohio: How to Cope With Losing a Loved One to Opioids

    Losing a loved one is never easy, but it’s often more complex when the person who passed away had a history with addiction. Along with the trauma of the death itself, the stigma surrounding addiction adds layers of complication for surviving family...

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    February 7, 2019

    How to Organize a Deceased Loved One’s Belongings After a Funeral

    Following a death, many have trouble sorting through loved one’s personal possessions.

    This is to be expected. Each item, no matter how big or small, is a physical reminder of your loved one’s absence. It’s a connection to the past, a distant...

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    January 24, 2019

    How to Get the Grief Help You Need On Your Journey Towards Healing

    In the days, weeks and months following a loss, it’s important to remember the grieving process has no set timeline. Grieving is not a linear experience or the same from person to person— some days you may feel positive, while others may feel...

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    January 3, 2019

    How to Focus On the Positive in The New Year After Losing a Loved One

    Welcoming the new year is a time to gather with family and friends; a time to celebrate new beginnings. However, it can also be an overwhelming experience for those who have recently lost a loved one.

    As others push restart on resolutions, those...

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