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How to Help a Grieving Friend

Thoughtful tips and helpful ideas

Today we’re going to be discussing grief, specifically how to help a grieving friend.

Maybe you know someone who is in mourning over the loss of a loved one. Maybe you really want to help your grieving friend, but are at a loss of words, or feel that there’s nothing you could really do to ease their pain.

In this article, we’re going to be sharing some helpful tips, as well as 10 specific ways that you can help your bereaved friend, no matter where they are in their grief journey.

Let’s get started.

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Should I Go to the Funeral? I Just Really, Really Don’t Want To

Should I Attend the Funeral?

“Should I go to the funeral? I really… just… don’t want to. What should I do?”

Don’t worry – you are not the first person to ever ask this question. We’d all like for the answer to be super straightforward: a definite, certain, no-doubt-about-it here’s what to do.

But the truth is that there are many reasons why you may not want to go.

So the answer to whether or not you should attend a particular funeral, especially if you don’t want to, can be complicated.

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What Is a Celebration of Life? Etiquette, What to Expect, & More

Attending a Celebration of Life

What is a celebration of life service? Is this different from a funeral? What should you expect if you’ve been invited to or plan on going to one? What should you wear, and is there any other etiquette that you need to be aware of?

Today, we’re going to be answering these questions for you. We’ll talk all about life celebrations and what to expect. With this information in mind, you’ll be better prepared before you attend one.

Let’s explore together.

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21 Traditional Funeral Songs to Honor Your Loved One

Funeral Music - Traditional Songs

Today we’re going to be sharing with you our top 21 picks for traditional funeral songs. We’ve got timeless hymns like “How Great Thou Art,” as well as more modern classics, like Vince Gill’s “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” And everything in between.

So no matter what type of traditional funeral music you’re looking for, we’re sure you’ll discover the perfect tracks to honor your loved one and the life they lived.

Let’s take a listen.

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What to Say When Someone Dies (And What NOT to Say)

What to Say When Someone Dies

What do you say when someone dies? It’s an age-old question. No matter how much time passes – or how many people you know that have lost a loved one – it never seems to get any easier to know what to say.

If you need help figuring out the best way to

  • Talk to a grieving friend or family member
  • Avoid saying something stupid and hurtful
  • Offer condolences
  • Write a sympathy card or note
  • Have a few helpful phrases ready
  • Handle unfamiliar situations like when a child or parent dies

… you’ve come to the right place.

Below, we have tips for what to say, and what NOT to say, when someone you knew – or perhaps didn’t know all that well – dies.

It’s never any easy topic, but keep in mind these tried-and-true tips and you have the confidence to say just the right thing at just the right time.

Let’s take a look.

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Cremation Ceremony: When, Where, & How to Hold Cremation Ceremonies

Cremation Ceremonies

You have many options when it comes to holding a cremation ceremony. Today, we’re going to go over the different types of cremation ceremonies and also discuss when, where and how they may occur.

You’ll learn what a cremation ceremony is, how to plan one for a loved one, whether you wish to do so at a funeral home, your own home, or somewhere else, and much more.

Ready? Let’s begin.

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12 Beautiful Funeral Guest Book Ideas

Funeral Guest Book Ideas

You are planning a funeral or memorial service for a loved one, and are in need of funeral guest book ideas that are both beautiful and memorable. In this article, we’re sharing some of our favorites with you.

We’ve compiled a list of 12 gorgeous funeral guest books (plus a few honorable mentions) for family and friends to leave their memories of your loved one in. Besides serving a practical use at the service, your guest book will also be an everlasting keepsake.

Let’s take a look.

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15 Funny Funeral Songs That Are Totally Inappropriate

Worst Funeral Songs (Ever)

As it turns out, funny funeral songs are actually a thing on the interwebs. And apparently enough of you search for “inappropriate funeral songs” that it calls for an entire article dedicated to the topic.

So… fine! We’ll give you what you want 🙂

In this post, we’ll oblige you with our 15 favorite funny funeral songs, from well-worn classics like Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust” to Sarah Silverman’s infamous nursing home gig.

You asked for it.

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How to Plan a Celebration of Life Service

Plan a Celebration of Life Service

Let’s look at how to plan a celebration of life service.

Your loved one has just passed away, and your family is wanting to put together a celebration of life in their memory. Everything seems to be moving quite quickly now, and you have only so much time to get everything planned.

So how exactly do you go about planning for a life celebration? What are the important elements, what does a “service” look like, and how should it differ from a traditional funeral or memorial service?

We’ll cover all these and more to help you honor – and celebrate – your loved one.

Read on!

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Funeral Procession Etiquette: What to Do When You See a Funeral Procession

Funeral Processions

Let’s talk about funeral procession etiquette.

What do you do when you see a funeral procession going down the street? Do you pull over? What if you’re walking down the street? Or, perhaps even more importantly, what if you’re in a funeral procession?

If you’ve wondered to yourself what the proper protocol is regarding funeral processions, we’re here to shed some light on any questions you may have.

Let’s begin.

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