When a Loved One Leaves You Without Arrangements

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The death of a family member or loved one triggers more than just grief — it launches an overwhelming list of to-dos, especially when someone dies without arrangements having been made. Suddenly, in the midst of trying to grieve, you are faced with litany of tasks that need to[...]

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What to Do with a Lost Loved One's Belongings

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The loss of a loved one is difficult enough, but having to face the heartbreaking chore of going through the person’s belongings afterward can be very emotional and compound your grief. Here are some tips we hope will help you get through this process:

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Dealing with a Traumatic Loss

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No matter the circumstances, the death of a loved one is a deeply emotional and difficult experience. If the death was unexpected or violent, this can affect you even more intensely and prolong your ability to grieve. The reason for this is that, while two distinctly different[...]

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How to Let Others Know about a Death of a Loved One

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Breaking news to others about a death is never easy. People tend to respond in a variety of different ways and often have questions you may not feel comfortable answering, or simply don’t know how to answer. It’s important to be honest and clear. Remember, the way you deliver[...]

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What to Say (and Not Say) to Someone Who is Grieving

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It’s often difficult to know exactly what to say to someone who is grieving. Sometimes, even if you mean well, attempts to comfort and express your support can come out wrong or be taken differently than you intended. While every situation is unique, there are some common[...]

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Conversation Starters for Visitations

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Visitations allow all those in the life of someone who has passed away to show their respects, say goodbye and offer support. However, the mix of people who gather in grief can vary greatly - from family and friends to co-workers and neighbors to mere acquaintances who may know[...]

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Behaviors Bound to Cause Misunderstandings

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Family drama during funerals is not an uncommon occurrence. In fact, some argument-provoking behaviors are actually seen quite often. Here is a look at some typical troublemaking titles and how best to curtail their behavior before it causes havoc:

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Keeping the Peace After a Death in the Family

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While sometimes a death in the family can bring out the best in people, offering compassion, support and assistance, it can unfortunately bring out the worst in others as well, making them behave uncharacteristically, and causing strife in the family that they often regret[...]

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How Pre-planning Funerals Helps to Avoid Family Fights

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Losing a loved one affects family members in different ways and these varying emotions, combined with exhaustion and stress, can often lead to family conflicts. This is especially true when you add making difficult decisions to the mix.

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Why Family Dynamics Can Change After Loss

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When there is a death in the family, emotions run high, everyone is stressed and exhausted, and to top it all off, there is pressure to make important decisions. It’s no wonder families — even those who get along beautifully during normal circumstances — can be fraught with ill[...]

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