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Four Virtual Memorial Options to Honor Your Loved One

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As technology has evolved over the years and more of the world has gone digital, funeral care providers have expanded their offerings. There are now many virtual memorial options, from live streaming services to continued community grief support through social media and monthly eNewsletters. Technology allows funerals to more authentically capture the spirit of those […]

Five Ways to Honor Loved Ones During the Holiday Season

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For anyone navigating grief during the holidays, the constant Black Friday commercials, holiday music in stores and on the radio, and decorations galore can be challenging. If your loss is recent, it’s entirely understandable to instinctively withdraw from social gatherings and family events as a natural coping response. This response is a normal and valid […]

Meditation and Mindfulness are Helpful Tools For Managing Grief

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Meditation can be a great tool to work through and alleviate feelings of grief. As a practice rooted in intentionality and mind-body connection, meditation helps individuals break thought spirals, calm anxiety, and better process emotions. In this blog, we will cover how mindfulness and meditation are connected, the benefits of meditation during grief, and the […]

Ten Grief Coping Strategies for Mother’s Day

Grief Coping Strategies for Mother’s Day

If you’ve experienced grief, you are likely familiar with feeling overwhelmed and anxious leading up to and during special days or holidays. As each important date comes and goes, you’re reminded that the person you’re grieving isn’t there to enjoy them with you. Mother’s Day, in particular, can be especially difficult for those who have […]

Grief Insomnia: Tips for Rebalancing Your Sleep After Loss

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TW: This article contains mentions of depression and suicide.  Sleep disturbances tend to occur more frequently for individuals who are stressed, fatigued, not exercising regularly, and have difficulty relaxing before bed. For those who have just experienced the loss of a close friend or family member, you are likely experiencing all of the above. Troubled […]

How Grief Journaling Can Help You to Heal After a Loss

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Grief journaling is a creative outlet that can help you process your feelings after experiencing a loss. Journaling provides a safe space to share your innermost thoughts and/or emotions that might otherwise be difficult to express openly. Writing daily can help individuals who have been putting off working through their grief to cope with their […]

6 Grief Tips for Reimagining the Holidays

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Christmas music on the radio, countless cheery commercials, and colorful lights everywhere you go: these constant reminders can be overwhelming for anyone celebrating the season without their loved ones. In a time that carries a lot of joy, merriment, and cheer, there can also be a lot of sadness and dread when grieving during the […]

Gratefulness and Grieving: What You Should Know

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Loss and grief are often magnified during the holiday season, but so is the power of gratitude. For many people, though, gratefulness and grieving might seem to be completely opposite emotions. Practicing gratitude, however, can help you find purpose in your grief and honor the emotions and memories that arise this time of year. As […]

How to Celebrate Meaningful Days While Grieving

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If you’ve known loss and grief, you have maybe also known the fear of celebrating. Just like the seasons, grief constantly changes. Fall and the holiday season can be especially taxing on your recovery. As each important date comes and goes – anniversaries, birthdays, holidays – you’re reminded that the person you’re grieving isn’t there […]

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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The month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer affects more than 240 thousand Americans in the U.S. and is one of the most common forms of cancer affecting both females and males. This month aims to honor those affected by breast cancer as well as raise awareness of preventative measures to […]