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Finding the Words: What to Say to Someone Grieving

In the event that a loved one passes away, it’s become commonplace to send cards with phrases such as: • “I’m so sorry to hear about your loss.” • “Thinking of you in these difficult times” • “Our hearts go out to you and your family.”
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What is a Legacy Video?

Simply put, a legacy video is a short personal documentary that family and friends make in an effort to highlight a loved one's stories and accomplishments. Not only does this act as a device that family and friends can use to aide in the grieving process, but it also helps to preserve the legacy of an individual approaching end of life.
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How to Tell Your Child You Have a Terminal Illness

One of the most difficult things a parent could ever have to do is share their terminal diagnosis with their child. No matter what the age, children depend on their parents to provide a sense of stability in their lives. Learning that a parent is dying is difficult even for adults, but it can be especially devastating for younger children. A few simple “dos” and “don’ts” in communicating this unfortunate reality can help to support children through terminal illness.
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After A Loved One Has Passed, What Happens Next?

In the initial moments after a loved one has passed away, it’s important to know that nothing needs to be done immediately. Some individuals choose to stay with their loved one for a period of time, others will move to another room. Do what feels right for you. Whatever feels right for you–Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care is here to support that decision.
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Coping with Grief and the Holidays

When you’ve suffered a major loss, the joyful holiday season with its focus on family traditions can be a stark reminder of the person you have lost. It is important to let go of the idea of perfectionism and be kind to yourself and others who may be coping with grief and the holidays. Honor your feelings and find new ways to include the person you have lost in your celebrations.
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