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29 Sympathy Gifts for Someone Who Is Grieving

Memorial Gifts

Sympathy gifts provide you with a way to send a tangible expression of your love to someone who is grieving.

While there is something special about sending a note, a card, or a text, you may also feel the desire to give a gift. There is no reason you shouldn’t do both; send a card along with your gift, or send a gift and follow it up with a note or text a week later. When you reach out with tangible expressions of your condolences, it sends a message to the grieving person that their grief matters. Continue reading 29 Sympathy Gifts for Someone Who Is Grieving

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Celebrating Christmas in the Wake of Death

Memories at Christmas Time

Sweet Memories at Christmas

There’s nothing better than the smell of a fresh cut tree at Christmas time. Perhaps the only thing better would be sitting down to a plate of warm sugar cookies. The kind of cookies frosted over with sprinkles galore. Add twinkling lights and glittery ornaments, and it’s no surprise Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. Continue reading Celebrating Christmas in the Wake of Death

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10 Solid, Biblical Christian Books for Kids About Death & Heaven

Death & Heaven: Christian Books for Kids

As a Christian working in the funeral industry, I’ve noticed that there are very few solid, biblical Christian books for kids about death and heaven. At least, they are not very easy to find! As I dug around, I discovered a few absolute gems that are worth adding to your library.

If are a professional such as a pastor, counselor, funeral home employee, etc, you can use these for personal growth or to give out to families going through the death of a loved one.

If you are a parent or family member, several of these are ideal as resources to read with kids to help address grief after the death. Other books on this list will help to prepare yourself and your family for something which we will all experience at some point in this life. Continue reading 10 Solid, Biblical Christian Books for Kids About Death & Heaven

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How to Bury a Fish: Family-Friendly Fish Funeral & Proper Disposal

How to Bury a Fish

Your pet fish – the beloved family friend – has gone, quite literally, belly up. What do you do when a pet fish dies? How do you respectfully bury a fish? What does a fish funeral look like, and how do you properly dispose of a dead fish while respecting the emotions of your little ones?

A fish funeral may seem silly to some. But to those families that watch, feed, play with, and take care of their special pet fish, the death of a little friend can be a big deal.

For many children, this can be their first encounter with death. You will want to handle the situation well so that love is shown to all and peace is known in your home. This means showing respect for the life of your pet, being conscientious of the emotions of others, and at the same time maintaining health and hygiene when burying, cremating, or otherwise disposing of the dead fish. Continue reading How to Bury a Fish: Family-Friendly Fish Funeral & Proper Disposal

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101 Classic Books to Help Children Grieve

Classic Children's Books to Help Young Ones Grieve

If your family or a family you know with young ones has recently experienced a loss, you will want to have resources to help children grive. Reading is one of the best activities to help a child address grief. Stories are especially powerful in highlighting truths about what we humans feel and experience when dealing with a loss. The books listed below are generally regarded as classics. Continue reading 101 Classic Books to Help Children Grieve

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Movies About Death, Dying, & Grief

Grief & Death Movies

Movies about death, dying, and grief can be a helpful recourse for dealing with your own loss, or learning about the grief experienced by others. They can provide a way to become more informed about the human experience, to raise questions about the purpose of life, to contemplate the afterlife, or to become more empathetic. Continue reading Movies About Death, Dying, & Grief

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What To Do When You Lose A Loved One

Processing Grief

You never thought it would happen, but it did. Someone you deeply loved has now passed away. Even though we are told, “dying is just a part of life”, it still does not remove the sting of saying goodbye to someone we have cherished and enjoyed our life with. When something like this happens, we all respond in unique ways. Some try to be tough, suppressing their pain the best they can in hopes to avoid the weight of the situation. Others take time to grieve, but end up dwelling on the pain for so long that healing is delayed and they are not able to enjoy a healthy life. Continue reading What To Do When You Lose A Loved One

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Grief & Self-Care: 44 Tips for Healing, Comfort, and Peace

50 Tips for Comfort, Health, and Healing

A death in the family deals a tough blow. If you were close to the one who passed away – a spouse, parent, or child – you will need time to grieve and heal. You will also need to care for yourself throughout the grief process. Here, we address grief & self-care by offering 44 tips for healing, comfort, and peace while you do the difficult work of mourning. Continue reading Grief & Self-Care: 44 Tips for Healing, Comfort, and Peace

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Frugal Funeral Planning: 50 Tips for a Funeral on a Budget

Frugal Funeral Planning on a Budget

In this article we distill frugal funeral planning into a boatload of simple, practical tips to help you plan a funeral on a budget. Whether you’re planning ahead for final arrangements or finding yourself in sudden need of some advice, you’ll find many economical and creative ideas below. Continue reading Frugal Funeral Planning: 50 Tips for a Funeral on a Budget