In Western society, the practice of actively mourning through symbolic clothing or jewelry has faded, reflecting our culture’s preference for getting things done fast, which can provide the false impression that “everything is back to normal.” In the past, wearing black clothing or putting a wreath on a home was a symbol of mourning. Today people […]

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When you do decide to go through your loved one’s clothing, you may not be sure what to do with it. Today there are many options if you give some creative thought to the process. Really think about how you can turn your loved one’s belongings into something memorable. Some ideas include: 1.    Pick some of your […]

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One of the hardest questions to wrestle with is what to do with your loved one’s personal belongings. Only you should decide what should be done with his or her belongings. Don’t allow others to make decisions for you. Others may want to “speed up” your healing by advising you to go through belongings, which may not […]

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Consider creating a product with a cause, especially if you are crafty, creative or know someone who is. Engaging in a worthwhile activity can be beneficial to you and the others it serves. For example, one local organization makes fleece blankets for low-income children. A grandmother knits hats for a neo-natal intensive care unit, and […]

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After losing your spouse, you feel like you may never enjoy cooking or eating again. You may find yourself ordering carryout, eating on the couch instead of the table, or not eating much at all. Not having an appetite can last for a long time.  Be patient. Do not focus your attention on eating a […]

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