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How to Find Comfort in a Time of Loss

Finding comfort in the midst of grief

I awoke from a vivid dream around four in the morning. Though my eyes were swollen from all the tears I cried earlier, I began quietly sobbing again, in the stillness of the night. Nobody else was awake in my house. It was just me and my tears, replaying memories in my head like a music player replays my favorite song.

My dream was about my dad, who was very ill. At the time, he appeared to be near death. The day before I visited him at a hospice care center with my husband and two young daughters. We brought him yellow flowers, something cheery to brighten up his cold, stark room. Then, we said our good-byes.

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What Grieving People Wish You Knew (Book Review)

What grieving people want you to know

What Grieving People Wish You Knew about What Really Helps (and What Really Hurts) is the full title of a slim yet exceptionally helpful volume by Nancy Guthrie.

You want to know how to help a grieving friend or family member. While you may never know exactly the right thing to do, this book is the next best thing. Continue reading What Grieving People Wish You Knew (Book Review)

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How Essential Oils & Aromatherapy Can Help Your Grief

How to use essential oils for grief aromatherapy

Essential oils are a beautiful aid to the body’s physical and emotional healing during grief. The grieving process is physically tough, and you are wise to help yourself find small measures of comfort and relief through aromatherapy. Continue reading How Essential Oils & Aromatherapy Can Help Your Grief

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What should I write in a sympathy card? Tips & tricks

What should I say in a sympathy card?

What should I write in a sympathy card? You are carefully thinking about what to say in a sympathy or condolence card. This is a good thing! It is very wise to be conscientious about what you say or write to someone experiencing grief and loss.

For anyone who has lost a loved one, you know that there are many things people say with good intentions that are still insensitive and even hurtful.

For those who have not lost a loved one, you cannot fathom what it is like. So it is doubly important to be considerate in how you express your love and sympathy to those who are grieving. Continue reading What should I write in a sympathy card? Tips & tricks

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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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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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Saying Goodbye: Scattering the Ashes of a Loved One

Scattering Ashes and Grief

Scattering Ashes & Saying Goodbye

There is nothing more painful in this life than the loss of a loved one. Grief never truly ends. It changes. It tempers with time. But the one who has gone on can never be replaced, and that knowledge cuts like a knife, whether you said goodbye to your loved one yesterday or thirty years ago. Continue reading Saying Goodbye: Scattering the Ashes of a Loved One