Five Tips to Help with the Year of Firsts

Posted on April 26, 2024 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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The first year following the death of someone dear—a parent, a child, a sibling, a spouse, or a good friend—is frequently referred to as “the year of firsts.” It will be the first time the holidays, birthdays, and the occasions both sad and happy that were shared and witnessed with the person who has passed […]

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After the Funeral…What to Look Forward to

Posted on January 6, 2024 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Sometimes the future feels bleak. For those struggling with a recent death in their family or just beaten down by the news, it can be difficult to look forward, to anticipate, to feel hopeful. Most of us are removed from the rituals of spring. The tilling of the earth, getting our hands in the compost, […]

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What is PTSD?

Posted on November 9, 2023 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a newer name for a very old disorder. In the past it has been known as combat fatigue or shell shock. PTSD is not unique to veterans. It is also seen in first responders, those who witness terrorist attacks, or who are victims of weather disasters, rape or almost any act […]

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Cooking for One …The Perfect Egg

Posted on September 14, 2023 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, standing in the checkout line at the local market, a woman looked up and saw a man gazing longingly at her cart which was full of food.  As he looked at the food, he said, “I should learn to cook.” As the conversation progressed, he shared that his wife had died […]

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Top Three Priorities for Those Who are Grieving

Posted on July 6, 2023 by Sytsema Funeral Home | Leave a comment
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When a person is in the midst of grief, taking care of themselves can get lost in the mayhem. There really are so many things to do. Eating well, exercise, and even sleep just don’t seem that important. The reality is that grief takes a lot of energy. Self-care might just be the most important […]

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