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3 Ways to Help a Child Through the Loss of a Pet

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3 Ways to Help a Child Through the Loss of a Pet

For many children, the passing of a beloved pet is their first experience of loss and death. This can be a devastating time in anyone’s life, but it’s especially heartbreaking for a child who’s just learning about mortality and has had to face it head-on with the loss of their best friend. Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can make this process easier and healthier for your child.   Break the News in a Safe Space   In some cases, you may have to have a pet put down or you may find out that your child’s pet...

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3 Self-Care Tips After a Loved One Passes

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3 Self-Care Tips After a Loved One Passes

After the death of someone you love, it’s easy to get caught up in planning the memorial service, dealing with the estate, and all of the other details that unfortunately come with death. For some people, this kind of busywork is a means to avoid coping with what’s happened so that they don’t have to deal with the mourning process.   Unfortunately, if you dive into work (of any kind, not just planning the funeral and related details) to avoid feeling the loss of someone you loved, eventually all of those feelings are going to come crashing down on you....

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3 Basic Rules of Funeral Etiquette

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3 Basic Rules of Funeral Etiquette

Fortunately, for most of us, funeral etiquette isn’t something that we think of or have to practice very often. However, when we are faced with the death of a loved one, it’s important to understand the proper way to act and how to conduct oneself at a funeral or memorial service. If you follow a few basic rules for behavior and etiquette at a funeral, you will not only feel like you are more a part of the service and the celebration of your loved one’s life, but you’ll also help others close to the departed find peace, as well....

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4 Things No One Tells You About Scattering a Loved One’s Ashes

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4 Things No One Tells You About Scattering a Loved One’s Ashes

When you choose to honor a departed loved one’s cremation wishes and scatter their ashes, you may have some idea of what to expect during the ash scattering ceremony. Whether you are scattering your spouse’s ashes in solitude or you’re with family and friends scattering another loved one’s ashes, you may expect to someone to say a few words and for the ashes to be scattered evenly and taken away by the wind. There are a few things that you might not be prepared for, though, and that no one ever seems to remember to tell you when you’re getting...

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How to Help a Grieving Friend or Family Member

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How to Help a Grieving Friend or Family Member

You can always count on a true friend to be there for you when you need them. But what happens when a friend needs you to be there for them during a difficult time? You might feel scared, awkward and unsure of what to do when a friend has lost someone who is close to them, especially if you’ve never personally dealt with death before. Saying the wrong thing can cause your friend pain, so here’s a few tips and guidelines to remember when helping your friend navigate their grief. You aren’t there to fix it. Don’t think that your...

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