January 2019


Will Planning Q&A


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​It’s not easy talking about wills. The thought of not being there for your loved ones weighs heavily. But delaying this discussion can do more harm than good. That’s why we’ve provided answers to common questions about wills below—to get you started writing yours.


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January 23 2019


Nature’s Comfort in Grief


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​Thirty-five years ago, J. William Worden first put forth The Four Tasks of Mourning, through which he believed grieving people must navigate following the death and loss of a loved one. Over the years, he has distilled the wording of these tasks to make them easier to understand and more meaningful.
 
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January 23 2019


Book Review: Healing Grief, Finding Peace: 101 Ways to Cope With the Death of Your Loved One by Dr. Louis E. LaGrand


Dr. Louis E. LaGrand sets the tone for his book, Healing Grief, Finding Peace: 101 Ways to Cope With the Death of Your Loved One, before it even begins. “Dedicated to all who are mourning and all who must inevitably respond to the opposite side of the coin of love,” LaGrand wrote.   
 
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January 23 2019


A Child’s View:Should Children Attend Funerals and Memorial Events?


​In my work as School Liaison, the question of whether kids and teens should attend funerals comes up frequently. Parents and caregivers are often uncertain about whether their children should attend funerals; teachers may not be sure what to say to students about attending a classmate’s service. Young people have expressed their concerns and opinions to me. Most students feel strongly that they should be given the opportunity to attend. I have heard from several teenagers who were not permitted to attend the services of grandparents and now harbor resentment and regret.  
 
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January 23 2019


Journaling Through Grief


​The grieving process fills us with many different feelings. They dash in and out, some linger for a time, some grip us tightly and some become a part of us. As we grieve, we carry them around with us and often we are overwhelmed. We wonder, "What do I do with these feelings?" We may wish that we could find someone to share each feeling with us, as well as each story and memory. However, this solution is not always possible.
 
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January 23 2019

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