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.
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.
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
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
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
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