15 06, 2018

Honoring our Father Figures

By |2018-06-11T13:27:18+00:00June 15th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Father’s Day can be difficult for those who have lost their father. Memories, whether good or bad, of that father-child relationship can rise to the surface and sometimes bring up unexpected emotions. This is a natural part of the grieving process, but one way to help yourself move beyond it is to reach out to someone else, by honoring someone who is not your father, but is an important father figure in your life. Who are the father figures in your life? There may be an older man who has mentored you, whether in business or in life. You may [...]

11 06, 2018

Let’s Talk about Flag Day

By |2018-06-07T09:18:17+00:00June 11th, 2018|News|0 Comments

How much do you know about Flag Day? Is it a holiday you observe? Why is it a holiday? For that matter, why isn’t it observed as a federal holiday, so we can all take the day off? We’ve got answers to everything you ever wanted to know about Flag Day and more! When is Flag Day? Flag Day is observed every year on June 14th, although it’s not considered a federal holiday. Why was that date chosen? June 14th is significant because on that day in 1777, the stars and stripes were designated by the Continental Congress as the [...]

24 05, 2018

Keeping Memory in Memorial Day

By |2018-05-24T17:02:28+00:00May 24th, 2018|News|0 Comments

Ah, Memorial Day! The first long weekend of summer, when millions of Americans celebrate with backyard parties, beach trips, parades and general revelry. But is that what Memorial Day is really about? In truth, this is a holiday meant for remembrance. It’s a sober occasion, thinking about those who have lost their lives for our country, and the families they left behind. For many families bereaved of a loved one who was serving in the armed forces, the celebrations on Memorial Day are a painful reminder of loss. How do we honor the true meaning of Memorial Day? By acknowledging [...]

11 05, 2018

On Mother’s Day, Honor the Mothers without Children, Too

By |2018-05-11T07:23:05+00:00May 11th, 2018|News|0 Comments

For all its commercial slickness, Mother’s Day is really a sweet holiday. It’s a time for us to reflect on all that our mothers do for us, and a time for moms to receive heartfelt trinkets that let them know their families love them. For those who’ve lost their mothers or moms whose children have passed away, there’s often a special tenderness shown, by those around them who are sensitive to their grief. Another group, though, is often overlooked. Women who wanted children but have suffered the pain of infertility and loss go unnoticed on Mother’s Day, sometimes because people [...]

20 12, 2017

Making It Through Chistmas

By |2017-12-20T13:31:10+00:00December 20th, 2017|News|0 Comments

What does Christmas mean to you? For many people, it’s a joyous time of year, a time to celebrate family and friends, and a time to be grateful for life’s blessings, remembering important days gone by and rejoicing in the present moment. For others, Christmas can be a painful time of year. The vacant spaces left by lost loved ones make them wish the holidays would pass quickly. How do you celebrate Christmas, when you don’t feel like celebrating anything? Don’t cancel Christmas. It may be tempting to hide away from the holiday, but you’d be doing yourself a disservice. [...]

19 12, 2017

Sixty Years Later

By |2017-12-19T14:52:50+00:00December 19th, 2017|News|3 Comments

Is there anything more valuable, and sometimes more complicated, than human connections? Emotionally, humans are rather fragile wouldn’t you say? We seek reassurance and confirmation at times, and race for shelter and isolation at other times. Those of us in the end-of-life business see this played out every day. I recently read a story which illustrates this reality in its extreme. In the early stages of World War I, a truce was called along the battle lines in Europe to honor the Christmas holiday. Soldiers left their bunkers and met their enemy in the fighting zone. They broke bread and sang [...]

23 11, 2017

Thanksgiving

By |2017-11-25T08:57:47+00:00November 23rd, 2017|News|0 Comments

Facing Thanksgiving When Someone You Love Has Died Thanksgiving is traditionally a family holiday when loved ones gather from far and near to count their blessings and spend quality time together. For someone who has suffered a loss, though, this holiday can feel very different. When you’re grieving, it can be hard to get into the holiday spirit, and even worse if you worry about living up to others’ expectations for your behavior. If you’ve suffered a loss, make it easy on yourself, by being proactive about your Thanksgiving. • Keep it simple. This may not be the year for [...]