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Overcoming the Death of a Beloved Pet

Overcoming the Death of a Beloved Pet

      Imagine taking care of a loved one for a decade or even two and then watching them slowly fail. You know there is nothing you can do about it, and you give them all the love, care and attention they need while silently preparing your heart for the loss to come. Even though it is expected, it can be overwhelming, and this is true whether that decade or more of care went to a human being or a pet. Overcoming the death of a pet can be especially difficult because they typically need our attention throughout their...

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How to Help Aged Relatives Unable to Attend a Family Funeral

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How to Help Aged Relatives Unable to Attend a Family Funeral

      It is not at all unusual that a family will have at least one relative who is too far and/or infirm to attend a funeral. This can be a source of great pain for that loved one if they were close to the person who has died, and it is very important to support them through their grief. This can mean visiting them more, listening to them when they talk about their pain, and understanding that no matter how old or ill they might be, they will still have to process their grief. They will have to...

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Tips for Supporting Those Who Have Suffered Loss

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Tips for Supporting Those Who Have Suffered Loss

      It is so difficult to know what to say or do when a friend or family member has suffered a loss. We express our condolences, offer support, but we might also feel quite helpless. This is a time to know how to offer support that they can really use. This does not mean "fixing" what is wrong, because that is not possible. What is wrong is they are grieving and will need someone they can count on to help them navigate that painful process. Understand Loss and Grief One amazing way to support someone who is dealing...

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Dealing With Death in Hard Times

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Dealing With Death in Hard Times

    The death of a loved one, whether human or pet, is never an easy thing to overcome. Whether it was an unexpected loss or one that had been anticipated due to illness or age, it is still a very challenging issue. It becomes even more difficult when it occurs during a difficult or trying time. For example, women who are pregnant and lose a loved one or seniors who lose their partners while they, themselves, are struggling with failing health may find it especially difficult to work past the loss of a loved one. However, even difficult financial...

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A Better Way to Scatter Ashes

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A Better Way to Scatter Ashes

The ways that societies deal with the remains of loved ones changes over the years, and in our current era, cremation is a very common choice. However, what families and loved ones do with ashes is changing. Though an urn kept in the home or in another location was once the most common way that people handled cremated remains, it is far more common for people to have some sort of scattering ceremony. Scattering ashes is something that is not as easy or as straightforward as it sounds. After all, the manner in which we receive our loved one's ashes...

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