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  • How to help employees after a death in the workplace

    Experiencing the death of a colleague has always been hard. Now, with so many employees working remotely and familiar ways of consoling each other unavailable, it feels even more difficult. More than 5 million Americans lost a loved one to Covid and are now going through the grief process. Though gr...
  • FEMA Funeral Assistance: 5 Things You Need To Know

    Grieving the loss of a loved one is often compounded by the stress and burden of managing funeral expenses on top of everything else you may be feeling. Now, some of the over 557,000 Americans who have lost a loved one to COVID-19 can apply for help with funeral costs through the Federal Emergency M...
  • The In-Person and Virtual Funeral Combination

      Bringing EVERYONE Together After experiencing the loss of a loved one, celebrating his or her life together is one of the most meaningful things you can do with your community. Yet, even as spring weather allows for outdoor events and COVID-19 vaccinations become more widely available, conc...
  • What is Planning a Virtual Memorial Really Like?

    Three days with a GatheringUs family - from the Washington Post   6 P.M. MONDAY   It was 13-year-old Caleb Sun’s idea to have a virtual memorial service for his father, and he always planned on giving a speech. But when it’s his turn to speak at the rehearsal, his Zoom rect...
  • Coping With Grief This Winter

    For some, the holidays bring an onslaught of grief triggers followed by months of feeling adrift in the dark days of winter. Understandably, winter magnifies the issues that we face after a loss, such as depression,  isolation, and poor self-care.    If this sounds familiar, kn...
  • It's dark and rainy in my part of the world

    by Lisa Hartley   January feels like the longest month of the year.  Certainly, it's the saddest.    Holidays are done. Resolutions are broken. Festival lights are stored for another year. It's dark and rainy in my part of the world.    My bills are due. Covi...
  • Now Is The Time To Gather

    With large gatherings restricted and face masks mandated at events across the country, gathering friends and family to support each after the death of a loved one is complicated. Many grievers, understandably, want to delay or do nothing at all. Virtual funerals and celebration of life ceremonies, h...
  • How to Plan a Virtual Funeral Service: A Guide for Families

    Virtual Funeral Tips     What is a virtual funeral service?    A virtual funeral or virtual memorial service brings family and friends together to celebrate a loved one from afar. An online memorial may combine an in-person gathering at a funeral home, church or ...
  • Five Tips for Socially Distanced Grief Support

    The grieving process, already difficult, has become even harder in recent months. Coronavirus has disrupted mourning rituals, many states now limit in-person gatherings, and social distancing is the new normal. Despite these challenges, there are still plenty of meaningful ways to support ...
  • Custom Temporary Tattoos to Keep Loved Ones Close

    Gone are the days when we wore clothing or shaved our heads to honor a loved one and to tell the world that we are grieving. But expressing the loss remains a very human need. Many people get tattoos to serve as lasting reminders of a loved one that died. A permanent tattoo may not be your th...
  • How to support friends through grief

    It can be difficult to know what to say or do to support friends after the loss of a loved one.   Depending on the person, the type of loss and how much time has passed, friends will need different types of support. Grief comes in waves and is often unpredictable. Friends need different ...
  • Inspiring Celebrations of Life and One-Year Anniversary

    Traditionally, we relied on religion to provide a playbook for commemorating loved ones. Today, we often borrow from other cultures and religions. Some of the gatherings you may want to consider:  Jewish: Shiva house (7 days of open house after a memorial) or 30-day gathering called S...
  • New "Death Doulas" support families at the end of life

    An interview with Jeri Glatter, Vice-President of the International End of Life Doula Association   With the advent of modern medicine, 80% of Americans are dying in hospitals or in nursing homes rather than in homes. It’s no wonder we don’t know how to prepare for or cope with...
  • Planning Resources

    "A good funeral gets the dead where they need to go and the living where they need to be.” -Thomas Lynch   Ceremonies Inspiring Celebrations of Life The 5 Guidelines of a Eulogy Create a memorial video Ceremonies, verses, and eulogies Music playlist   Green funer...
  • Six Tactics for Working through Grief

    A frenzy of activity tends to follow immediately after someone dies: planning or attending a memorial, preparing an obituary or eulogy, and dealing with various logistical issues. But after the funeral, what comes next? Grief can feel overwhelming—like too much to deal with, or like you don'...
  • When Thanksgiving Reminds You Of The People Who Won't Be There

    As my husband prepared his Thanksgiving assignments last week, I looked down at our list of family members and their delicious sounding contributions. My heart was full. And yet I was also struck by a deep pang, knowing our Thanksgiving Coordinator in Chief was not listed.    Ever since ...
  • Ten tips for talking to kids about death

    Death and grief are difficult concepts for everyone and we each go through a different process. Kids also have their individual responses and they can surprise you with their directness. A few tips on how to talk to kids about death:   1) Say that s/he died. Listen, answer qu...
  • 6 ideas for personalizing a funeral & commemorating a legacy

    When planning a funeral or memorial, it helps to spend time thinking about our loved ones and things that are personally meaningful. A few ways to personalize a funeral or memorial:   Photo slideshow Music playlist with their favorite or meaningful music Display their artwo...