Whenever a loved one dies, it’s helpful to receive emotional support from friends and coworkers to ease an otherwise difficult time. Celebrating the individual’s life, and the impact he or she had on others, can help a family move on from the death and get back to their daily routines. Continue reading
For most, Father’s Day is viewed as a time when children of all ages are able to celebrate the paternal bond they have with the man who helped raise them.
It’s a way to thank your dad for always attending every Little League game or dance recital and to let him know that he’s had a lasting influence on the person you’ve become.
However, if your father has recently died, the third Sunday in June can be especially tough from an emotional standpoint. While others may be taking their dads to the ballgame or showering him with love, affection and gift cards, you’re left with only memories. Continue reading
It seems as if almost every major event in our lives that celebrates an achievement is planned to a T. From weddings and bridal showers to graduation, retirement and/or birthday parties, we like to preciously plan those gatherings and engagements that are meant to honor an individual to ensure that the hiccups are kept to a minimum.
The one thing many people don’t organize in advance, however, is their own funeral. Sure, getting things in order now for a day that, hopefully, won’t occur until years down the road can be a morbid thought. Continue reading
Anna Jarvis established the first Mother’s Day in 1908 to honor the life of her deceased mother and campaigned for it to be nationally recognized six years later. This holiday, which occurs on the second Sunday of every May, is viewed as a time when children are able to openly celebrate the woman who gave them life.
Sure, it’s become a lot more commercialized since then, with florists, greeting card companies and bakeries all jumping on board to make a profit. Yet, the idea has generally remained the same.
It’s not easy when a loved one is battling a terminal illness.
While an imminent death may seem overwhelming at times, hospice – which is a care service that focuses on end of a life care rather than disease curing – is available to help.
Knowing exactly what to expect from hospice care can bring peace of mind to you and your family.
Whenever someone from your immediate family dies, you may be surprised by how much emotional support you receive. Even those you haven’t seen or spoken to in a while are likely to send their condolences and offer to help during this difficult time.
Although technology makes it easier than ever to send a quick “thank you” – whether it’s via text, email or instant messaging – to those who donated flowers, food or money in honor of your loved one’s funeral, the importance of a handwritten thank you note shouldn’t be overlooked. Continue reading
After a loved one dies, it’s common to receive floral arrangements from other family members and close friends as a way to express their sympathy toward your loss.
Funeral flowers are thought of as a meaningful gift that can help the grieving individual begin to move on emotionally.
Following the service, you may realize that you have more flower arrangements and plants than you know what to do with. Instead of simply discarding the flowers in the trash, repurpose them to further honor the memory of the deceased. Continue reading
There’s never a good time to experience the death of a loved one. From funeral planning and execution to arranging a burial place, a lot goes into ensuring that your friend or family member’s life is celebrated appropriately.
But what happens when the death is the unfortunate result of a natural disaster – such as a flood, hurricane, tornado or wildfire – and you’re unable to pay for the funeral because of a loss of assets caused by Mother Nature?
Although a scenario like this is more likely to affect those who live in certain parts of the country, it’s important to realize that some funeral-related costs may be covered through FEMA’s (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Funeral Assistance program, which reimburses funeral costs if the death is attributed to a major disaster. Continue reading
Each time you sign up for an online service, send an email or post a status update to Facebook, your digital footprint is left on the web. Because most of us use the Internet on a daily basis, there’s literally thousands of pages and portals that house our personal information.
While it may not seem like a big deal now since you can always delete your email inbox or deactivate social media accounts if you fall ill later, consider what would happen to your online profiles if you unexpectedly passed away. Continue reading
Until hotel heiress Leona Helmsley left $12 million to her Maltese dog, Trouble, following her 2007 death, the idea of a pet trust seemed foreign to most. Why would a millionaire give part of her fortune to a dog while leaving two of her four grandchildren out of the will?
Despite the negative attention that this story garnered more than a decade ago, pet trusts are a practical way for an owner to ensure the safety of his or her special friend – even if the funds don’t amount anywhere close to $12 million. Continue reading