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Sorting Through the Keepsakes

Sorting Through the Keepsakes

Just when you think you have endured all the pain and suffering a human could tolerate following the death of a loved one, a new daunting task lurks around the corner. What to do with all the personal belongings? The quick answer is -- do nothing right now unless you...

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Dove Release at a Celebration of Life

Dove Release at a Celebration of Life

At this Celebration of Life, Arnie wanted a Dove Release for his beautiful Mother. His Father had died two years prior, so one dove would be for his Mother and one for his Father. Symbolizing that they are soaring toward the Heavens and are together again. It was a...

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10 Items for a DIY Funeral

10 Items for a DIY Funeral

Planning a Funeral, Celebration of Life or Memorial service? Here is a checklist of ten items to consider for the memorable day. Save yourself some time and order items online via Amazon or Etsy. Closing Thoughts There are lots of people who will say, “Let...

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Taking Care of You First

Taking Care of You First

Family Caregiving is by far the most demanding and complicated responsibility one can experience—the caregiver must be “the jack of all traits yet the master of none.”  Feeling inadequate at first and an expert at the end. Family caregiver is a person who provides...

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I’m Sorry For Your Loss…

I’m Sorry For Your Loss…

This is the universal phrase we often say and hear when someone dies. It shows you care and opens the door for dialogue. As the griever, you can simply say, “Thank You, I appreciate that.” OR you may like to start a conversation about the person you are missing with...

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Clichés of Grief – Fumbling How and What to Say

Clichés of Grief – Fumbling How and What to Say

This is probably the most overwhelming part for a supporter. Are there really any words to share with someone who is suffering from the loss of a loved one? Of course, we can come up with what we think are comforting words, but the majority of us fumble on what to say...

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Dealing with Dead People’s Stuff

Dealing with Dead People’s Stuff

One of the most emotional and taxing tasks after the death of a loved one is, “What to do with all their stuff?” Once the family has rifled through everything taking what they want to keep – then what? It can be incredibly overwhelming and time consuming. Rarely, if...

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Butterflies, Birds and Heart Rocks

Butterflies, Birds and Heart Rocks

Whenever I receive a call from an individual or family that requests my services for a Celebration of Life, a large butterfly swoops right in front of me. It may happen while I am in my office looking out the window, in my car or out walking – anywhere! The first few...

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Please Don’t Try to Fix Me

Please Don’t Try to Fix Me

Several months after the sudden death of my 32-year-old husband, the subtle hints from my friends, family and co-workers appeared – suggesting the time had come for me to get out more socially, begin sorting through his personal belongings and find the smile I once...

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Scale Of 1-10, How Religious?

Scale Of 1-10, How Religious?

“On a scale of 1-10; how religious would you like this Celebration of Life?” This is a question I ask each individual or family when we discuss the components of a Celebration of Life.  Most often, the answer shouted out is a consensus such as zero, one, five, ten,...

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What to Do After a Death Occurs

What to Do After a Death Occurs

When a death is sudden and unexpected, such as an accident, homicide or suicide – it’s hard to know what to do first. Our brains want to make sense of what happened, put some logic to it and our hearts are shattered with sadness. So many unanswered questions and now...

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Graveside Service Before Celebration of Life

Graveside Service Before Celebration of Life

In the past, tradition has been to have the Funeral or Celebration of Life first, then have the burial or Graveside Service. Recently, I have seen a flip in this tradition and surprisingly, I like it better. Some families are choosing to have the Burial first, then...

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