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Understanding Summer Grief

It was somewhere near the end of June, years back, that I learned an important lesson about summer grief while working in the bereavement department at Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care.
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How Art & Ritual Support Grieving Children

The loss of a family member, friend, or another significant person is difficult for people of any age, and it’s natural for children to experience grief when a death occurs. Well-meaning adults often avoid talking about the person who passed away to avoid upsetting the child, but it is important for children to express and process their grief.
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Learning to Live After Loss

The loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences we can face. Whether expected or unexpected, young or old, there is a disorientation that comes with living in a world without this person who meant so much to you.
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Coping with Grief and The Holidays

Anyone experiencing grief this time of year can tell you that the holidays are especially hard. They come with expectations of happiness, pleasant gatherings with family and friends, decorations, and special food. Now, through a choice no one made, the holidays are missing someone integral to those celebrations.
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How to Survive Holiday Loneliness

The holiday season is generally thought of as a time of friends and family gathering together in celebration. But loneliness during holidays is a common experience for many people. This can occur because you are separated from your family due to distance, circumstances like COVID-19 restrictions, or interpersonal conflict.
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Funeral Favors and Memorial Mementos

Funerals are meant to be a place to mourn the loss of a loved one, celebrate their life, and offer support and sympathy to fellow mourners. Funeral favors and mementos are a growing trend at funerals, memorials, and life celebration events. They are a way for everyone who attends to keep a little reminder of your loved one close at hand.