Honoring a Loved One’s Memory
The death of a loved one brings the realization that life will never be the same. For those left behind, this is a time of transition from one stage of life to another, a time of finding renewed meaning and purpose. During this time of transition, rituals can be a powerful source of strength and comfort.
Myths and Truths
Myths are widely held beliefs that have no foundation in fact. However over time, they can become accepted as “truth.” Myths can negatively affect one’s grief journey by providing unrealistic information and expectations.
The Death of a Child
It doesn’t matter whether it’s the death of a child recently or many years ago, a child’s death is one of the most painful losses suffered in life. Losing a child defies the natural order of life and brings consuming pain to parents.
The Death of a Pet
The death of a beloved pet can feel as devastating as the death of a beloved human family member or friend. Since research shows that the majority of pet owners consider their pets as treasured members of their own family, the death of these cherished companions can be difficult and challenging.
What Friends Can Do
The support of friends is essential for someone who has lost a loved one. The presence of friends is felt most poignantly at the time of death and during the funeral, but so often, in just a few short days, family members and friends return to their homes.