If you are experiencing grief, Christmas can be one of the hardest times of the year.  And Christmas is especially hard if it is your first Christmas without your loved one.   To survive the holiday season, consider these grief support holiday survival tips: 1. Know your limits.  If you are tired or don’t feel […]

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1. Write a note in your holiday card recognizing the holidays will be difficult without their loved one this year. Just this simple acknowledgement provides support. Others may be telling the griever to get on with their life, or suggesting that since it’s the holidays, they can’t be depressed. Recognizing the loss is validating and […]

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November is National Family Stories Month in the United States. It’s a time to reflect on all of the wonderful stories, silly, funny, serious, or scary, that help to define your family. Every family has thousands of stories to tell. Whether they are epic tales that changed people’s lives, or simple anecdotes that remind us […]

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Forever in My Heart

What to say, What to say in the sympathy card?  This is how my whole business started….with this question, how to support others when they lose a loved one? When my mom passed away, right before Christmas in 1996, my life was undeniable shaken and simply would not be the same again.  I noticed that […]

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With Sympathy Gifts and Keepsakes:  What Not to Say!

  Friends sometimes say things to the grieving that are well-meaning, but not appropriate or helpful. To avoid making the same mistake, here are some things to remember and things NOT to say at time of loss Avoid comparisons. Everyone’s grief is unique. “I know how you feel.” “I understand how hard your loss must be for […]

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  Reverse Living   This interesting viewpoint invites us to look differently at where we are in time and space as we live our lives.  It invites us too do the fun stuff now, like when you were a kid!  You live life backward…. Life is tough It takes a lot of your time, all […]

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  The mention of my child’s name May bring tears to my eyes, But it never fails to bring …Music to my ears. If you are really my friend, Let me hear the beautiful music of his name. It soothes my broken heart And sings to my soul. ~ Author Unknown (From The Compassionate Friends) […]

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  Consider Gratitude to Help You Grieve. When you are faced with loss, it can be difficult to feel a sense of gratitude in your life, yet gratitude can lift your spirits and make you feel open to the blessings that are yet to come. Think of all the things in your life for which […]

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  3 Wonderful Tips to Support a Grieving Heart:   1. Reminisce. Continue to reminisce with your friend about his or her loved one’s life. Sharing fond memories is a wonderful way to provide comfort. Remember, talking about the deceased will not hurt or upset the person grieving. In fact, it is just the opposite, your friend […]

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On loss…. This is so unfair … Why has this happened to me…. How will I ever go on…. These are some of the thoughts you may have during grief, despair, or hopelessness. It is natural to experience these emotions….it only shows you are human. Over time, however, you will encounter a choice…..you can choose […]

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