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The Mourners Bill Of Rights

Issue 14.17

You have the right to experience your own unique grief

No one else will grieve in exactly the same way you do. Don’t allow others to tell you what you should or should not be feeling.

 

You have the right to talk about your grief.

Talking about your grief will […]

There’s A Lot To Talk About

Issue 50.16

This past year I have enjoyed finding a multitude of information about my family history . Looking at fan charts, family trees and finding all kinds of facts about my family progenitors and ancestors has been enlightening.

The internet is filled with helpful sites including; Ancestory.com Findarecord, Puzzilla, Pandora Hope Chest […]

When I Die, Please Do Something

Issue 40.16

The following article by Linda Stuart helps answer a question I often hear.

In her dresser drawer, they discovered a hand-written note that read, “When I die, please do nothing.” She had just taken her last breath. And so became the distressing dilemma face by many families: honoring their loved one’s […]

Experience

Issue 26.16

You’ve probably heard the classic real estate question: What are the three most important components in determining the value of real estate? And the answer: Location, Location, Location. This real estate mantra does have legitimate value when considering an investment.

In considering the three most important components in choosing a funeral […]

Funeral Aftercare

Issue 14.16

Funeral Aftercare is defined as the care, treatment, help, support or supervision given to people after services for the loss of a loved one is completed. It is the follow up to funeral services providing care for a loved one and helps foster a safe and healthy grief journey. It is […]

Six Things I Wish People Knew About Grieving The Loss Of A Child

Issue 46.15

If I could change one thing about our mortal life it would be that a parent never had to suffer the loss of a child. The pain is real on several levels. The following six things I wish people knew about grieving the loss of a child by Malka Ahmed, may […]

Finding The “Right” Words… Some Favorite Passages

Issue 31.15

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg posted a moving essay about mourning the death of her husband, Dave Goldberg. It was her intention, she wrote, to give back to those who have helped her through her grief and also to mark the conclusion of the first 30 days of mourning, a period has […]

Meaning and Symbols of Flag-Folding for US Veterans

Issue 21.15

Sacred meaning and symbols make up the Flag Ceremony for our US Veterans. So that we may better appreciate this honor The American Legion offers this insight.

Meaning of Flag-Folding Program

The flag-folding ceremony represents the same religious principles on which our great country was originally founded.

The portion of the […]

What Does Time Have To Do With Grief?

Issue 11.15

I would like to share a great article about time and grief by author Pat Schwiebert:

Everything. Just consider how, in “normal life,” our lives are run by the clock and the calendar. Some of us have a clock in every room so we can keep track of the time. Few […]

What Should A Great Funeral Be Like?

Issue 46.14

Alan Creedy, a business strategist for funeral homes, asked a simple but important question: What should a great funeral be like?

The answer, he says, is “Transformative.” And it should be that way for survivors, friends and even those that didn’t know the deceased.

When someone goes to a good funeral, […]