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Identifying Complicated Grieving

Complicated grieving is the technical name that grief professionals give to a grieving process that gets stuck at some point, making it impossible for the bereaved to successfully start or conclude the [more…]

Dealing with Anticipatory Grief and Caregiving

Anticipatory grief is the name given to the angst and sorrow that accompanies the knowledge that your loved one almost certainly is going to die from whatever disease or debilitating condition he's suffering [more…]

Jewish Funeral Traditions

Jewish funerals usually take place in a synagogue, funeral home, or at a cemetery. By tradition, Jewish funerals are simple (symbolizing the belief that people are all equal in death), but they vary widely [more…]

Part of the Series: Coping with Death: 9 Ways to Deal with Funerals, Feelings, and Faith

What to Do, Say, and Wear at Funerals

Going to funerals or memorial services can be uncomfortable for some people because of the emotions involved. Knowing what to do and say at funerals — and what to wear — can ease the discomfort. [more…]

Part of the Series: Coping with Death: 9 Ways to Deal with Funerals, Feelings, and Faith

How to Plan for a Green Funeral

You may not want to think about your death and funeral, but you can choose an environmentally friendly alternative that's kinder to the planet for almost every aspect of your end-of-life wishes. If you [more…]

Part of the Series: Coping with Death: 9 Ways to Deal with Funerals, Feelings, and Faith

How to Arrange the Decedent's Funeral as Estate Executor

As executor of an estate, you may need to arrange the decedent's funeral. From the time of the person's death, you may make sensitive decisions about arranging the funeral and choosing a cemetery. Take [more…]

Part of the Series: Coping with Death: 9 Ways to Deal with Funerals, Feelings, and Faith

Grieving the Death of Your Partner

When you lose your spouse through death, you obviously get no say-so in the matter. This lack of control and utter helplessness is in strong contrast to the loss of a spouse through divorce, which, though [more…]

Part of the Series: Coping with Death: 9 Ways to Deal with Funerals, Feelings, and Faith

Expressing Grief through Your Own Rituals

When a loved one dies, you might feel devoid of life, hope, or happiness. Expressing grief through personal rituals can ease the pain. A ritual is any ceremony that progresses in established steps. [more…]

Part of the Series: Coping with Death: 9 Ways to Deal with Funerals, Feelings, and Faith

Experiencing the Death of a Parent as a Child

Experiencing the death of a parent is traumatic at any age, but it's particularly harrowing for young children. With the death of a parent, young children are deprived not only of the guidance and love [more…]

Part of the Series: Coping with Death: 9 Ways to Deal with Funerals, Feelings, and Faith

Can Catholics Be Cremated?

The Catholic Church forbid cremation up until 1963. Catholic belief in the body as the temple of the Holy Spirit — as well as faith in the resurrection of the body — places a strong preference for entombing [more…]

Part of the Series: Coping with Death: 9 Ways to Deal with Funerals, Feelings, and Faith

Hindu Funeral Customs

Most Hindus choose to dispose of a person's body through cremation — usually within a day of the death. In Hinduism, death applies only to the physical body; there is no death of the soul. [more…]

Part of the Series: Coping with Death: 9 Ways to Deal with Funerals, Feelings, and Faith

Typical Responses to a Profound Loss

Mourning the loss of a loved one is a very difficult and long process in the best of situations. And while each situation is unique to the griever, there are some typical reactions to loss. When you suffer [more…]

The 2 Fundamental Facts of Grieving

Unfortunately, the loss of a loved one is something that everyone experiences. Despite this irrefutable fact, grief is something that is widely misunderstood and is often an uncomfortable situation. This [more…]

The 3 Basic Tasks of Grieving

The grieving process is a unique experience for each individual person. You may see different models of mourning as presented by various grieving professionals. These models provide people with ways of [more…]

The Mourner’s Bill of Rights

Grieving is a difficult process in any situation. As someone suffering from the loss of a loved one, you may feel as though you are not handling the situation like you should or would like to. While people [more…]

How to Help Someone Who’s Grieving

There is no perfect manual that can give you a step-by-step set of instructions for how to help a loved one grieve a loss. However, there are a few general rules that may help guide you along the way. [more…]

Grieving For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Mourning the loss of a loved one is a long, difficult process. This is true for the person grieving, as well as the loved ones of the person grieving. Unfortunately, loss is often misunderstood and comes [more…]

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