Grief is not an illness but a natural response to the loss of a loved one. Only through a lengthy healing process can the pain and emptiness begin to give way to hope and optimism. There is no simple remedy.

 

Grief and mourning: how can simple words convey the overwhelming range of emotions that you feel when you lose a loved one?

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For thousands of years, communities have commemorated their dead with funeral rituals. It is a tradition that is found in every culture and society on earth.

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Immediately following the loss of a loved one, bereaved family members may typically be struck by a sense of disbelief and distress.

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While bereavement is one of life's most challenging experiences, the grief it brings is not something that you should expect to overcome. Instead, it is something that needs to be experienced.

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The death of a loved one affects everyone in the family, including children. During this difficult time, children will confront many of the same emotional challenges as adults.

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Grief and mourning are not the same experience. Grief is the internal experience of loss-the way we think and feel when we lose someone we love. Mourning is the outward expression of that grief.

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A collection of videos about grief and funeral services

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These thoughtful articles provide guidance and direction for anyone touched by grief.

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Funerals are important... because life is important

For thousands of years, funerals have been a means of expressing our beliefs, thoughts, and feelings about the death of someone we love. As you enter into the planning process, you may find it helpful to remind yourself why we have funerals. The funeral ceremony: helps us acknowledge that someone we love has died. fosters our memories of the person who...

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Honouring, Remembering, Healing

For centuries, funerals have helped us say goodbye. Funerals honour and remember the person who died. They also surround us with the loving support of friends and family. Whether you are planning a traditional funeral ceremony or a contemporary memorial service, it helps to understand the parts of a meaningful funeral. Each piece serves a unique purpose and...

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Why we have viewings

Last edition, I illustrated how the meaningful funeral ceremony is like a tapestry. Made up of a number of elements, it creates a transformative experience that is much greater than the sum of its individual parts. While each family's ceremony will and should be a unique tapestry, it can only be a tapestry if it draws on a full repertoire of possible...

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Helping Yourself Heal During the Christmas Season

The Christmas Season is often difficult for anyone who has experienced the death of someone loved. Rather than being times of family togetherness, sharing and thanksgiving, this usually special time can bring feelings of sadness, loss and emptiness. Love Does Not End With Death Since love does not end with death, Christmas may result in a renewed sense of...

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Why the body should be present

IN this article series, we've been discussing the idea that the meaningful funeral ceremony is a tapestry. Made up of a number of various elements, it creates a transformative experience that is much greater than the sum of its individual parts. While each family's ceremony will and should be a unique tapestry, it can only be a tapestry if it draws on a full...

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