Category Archives: Dealing with Grief

Memorial Christmas Tree Ornaments for the Holidays

Decorating the Christmas tree is a joyous activity for families during the holiday season.  Opening your boxes of ornaments, playing holiday music, drinking hot cider, and remembering Christmases from the past.  It brings to mind other years when we were younger and parents, grandparents, brothers, and sisters who spent holidays with us.

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Ideas for Remembrance and Memorial Gifts for Hospices and Hospitals

Hospices and hospitals often give small gifts or tokens of remembrance to family members or patients.  These gifts can help people grieve and give them a sense of community with other people who are attending the ceremony or memorial service.  Natural items such as flowers or trees are very comforting because they grow and provide a living reminder of a loved one they may have lost.  Memorial coins are another nice gift because they are small and have a sense of permanence. The memorial coins can be carried in a purse, pocket, or on a key chain.  More information and ideas on hospice, hospital memorial gifts are available here. For more information on each item, click on the photo.

Plantable seed card bookmarks

Memorial bookmarks have a plantable seed card shape that can be removed and planted in memory of a loved one who passed. Shapes are either butterflies, crosses, or hearts and come in a variety of colors

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Four Ideas to Remember Your Loved One This Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, we understand that being thankful in a time of grief can be a wearying task.

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As holidays are typically a time of tradition that involve the presence of family and friends, one’s absence is often felt so much stronger during this time of year. To deliver you from grieving their absence, we invite you to instead celebrate and be thankful for the life that they lived, your time spent together, and the impact that they had. Continue reading

How I Planned a Memorial Candle Lighting For My Young Friend Forrest

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Forrest (Left) and me before Prom
Forrest Peck 1989-2013

Guest Contributor:  CJ Doherty Age:  23

On February 3, 2013, I lost one of my best friends, Forrest Peck.  Forrest was the first person to offer me his friendship and guidance when I changed schools my senior year of high school.   He died in a car crash at the age of 23.  I got the call from my friend that he had passed and it hit me hard. Continue reading

Great Idea for Kids Dealing with Grief, Also Keep them Busy at the Life Celebration

Wondering what to do with children at the memorial service, funeral or life celebration that you are planning? Grief experts have found that children process their feeling and emotions through art. Provide paper, markers, and a table and chairs for children to draw while the service is taking place.

Emila's drawing as a tribute to her Grandpa

Experts have found that children express their grief through art. Arrange a table at the celebration of life for the kids to draw pictures.

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