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Five Ways to Engage Your Kids While Grieving

The passing of a spouse is difficult for many reasons. Not only is there an avalanche of feelings that you have to cope with, but you are now left to handle financial issues, other life chores, and many times, children to guide through the grieving process as well.
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How to Cope with the Death of a Friend

You can never really be prepared for the death of a close friend. When the news came that my dear friend Susan had passed away, it hit me like a punch to the stomach. Although she'd been fighting cancer for some time, there was no gradual decline. One week, she was hosting a house concert; the next, she was gone. The initial reeling shock of the news gave way to hyperventilating tears as soon as I could escape to my car.
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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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