Grief and Guidance

Stress Awareness Month: 5 Ways to Cope with Stress While Grieving a Loss
April 14
Many life experiences cause stress, but one that isn’t often talked about is the stress from a loved one’s death. On top of making funeral arrangements and getting their affairs in order, you’re griev...[Read More]
How to Support a Friend’s Grief
March 18
Early in my professional career, I was on a work trip with a colleague who had become a friend. Traveling for work can be challenging, so having someone who was a few years older show me how to m...[Read More]
10 Memorial Gift Ideas for Those Who Are Grieving This Holiday Season
December 2, 2021
Did your loved one lose someone special to them this year? Or even if it’s been several years since their passing, the holiday season may still be difficult without their loved one’s presence. To make...[Read More]
Good Grief! It Has a Purpose (Other Than Causing You Pain)
November 29, 2021
Grief is often discussed as a negative emotion that's comparable to sorrow, depression, and anguish. But did you know grief is a healthy and important part of losing someone? Grief is actually a good ...[Read More]
Five Volunteer Ideas to Honor Your Loved One This Thanksgiving
November 4, 2021
Grief is year-round when you lose someone special, but it’s especially difficult during the holidays, like Thanksgiving. One meaningful way to honor their memory while making a positive difference in ...[Read More]
31 Ways to Remember Your Loved One This Halloween
October 7, 2021
Coping with the loss of a loved one is difficult during any time of the year, but especially difficult over the holidays. One holiday that’s coming up is Halloween. If your loved one enjoyed this time...[Read More]
The Do's and Don'ts of Writing a Sympathy Note
September 21, 2021
Writing a sympathy note is a thoughtful way to express your condolences when someone you know has suffered a recent loss. However, it is essential to strike the right tone and offer your sympathy with...[Read More]
Helping Children Triumph Over Grief
August 18, 2021
Children are amazingly perceptive. They sense when adults around them are stressed, sad, or keeping a secret. While you may be inclined to shield children from grief, this can actually lead to confusi...[Read More]
Three Tips for Returning to School After Experiencing a Loss
August 5, 2021
Going back to school after experiencing the loss of a loved one can be a difficult and uncomfortable experience for students of any age. To help make grieving while navigating returning to school a li...[Read More]
15 Ways to Continue Your Loved One's Legacy Even After They're Gone
July 29, 2021
A loved one’s legacy is about more than just the objects they leave behind for others. But rather, it’s about the positive impact they made in the world and how they will be remembered by their family...[Read More]
Caring for an Ailing Parent with Confidence
July 20, 2021
Reversing the roles of caregiver and dependent is complicated and emotional. Adult children can become caregivers of their parents in the blink of an eye, and it can lead to doubt and anxiety for all....[Read More]
10 Things to Do If You Have to Miss a Funeral
July 9, 2021
Q: One of the neighbors from my parent’s house recently passed away. A service is planned for later this week but I can’t attend the funeral because I have an important presentation at work. My parent...[Read More]
Cope with Grief Through Art Therapy
July 9, 2021
When coping with the loss of a loved one, many people turn to art as a meaningful outlet to express their feelings. Plus, it’s also a way to create something special to remember a loved one.Art therap...[Read More]
How to Grieve the Loss of a Pet
July 9, 2021
Until you have a pet of your own, you don’t understand the unconditional love and the bond. To many, they weren’t just a pet; they were an important member of the family. That’s why the loss...[Read More]
Defining Disenfranchised Grief and How to Cope with It
July 9, 2021
Grieving the loss of a loved one comes in many different forms, as there are many different types of grief. One type of grief that’s often forgotten about is disenfranchised grief.Keep reading to lear...[Read More]
Memorial Trees Honor Lives While Helping the Environment
July 9, 2021
If you’re looking for a unique tribute that honors a loved one’s life while also making a positive difference in the world, then a memorial tree may be right for you! Memorial trees are greener, more ...[Read More]
How to Write an Obituary
July 9, 2021
When funeral planning and grieving a loss, one of the most important and daunting tasks is writing the obituary. How do you tell a life story in just a few paragraph...[Read More]
10 Summer-Inspired Ideas for Grieving the Loss of a Loved One
July 9, 2021
Whether you lost your loved one during the summer, or summer was their birthday or another significant date, these ideas can help you grieve your loss. They also can help you honor thei...[Read More]
Five Creative Ideas for Recognizing Grief Anniversaries
July 9, 2021
The anniversary of a loved one’s death isn’t easy, especially the first year after their passing. To cope with mixed feelings and emotions, families can grieve together and find creative ways to honor...[Read More]
Comfort Food: Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe for Mourners
July 9, 2021
Today, we have a tasty chicken noodle soup recipe to comfort the grievers in your life who need some delicious home cooking.Cooking TimeApproximately 1 ½ hours.What You'll NeedLarge soup potSaucepanCh...[Read More]
How to Help a Grieving Coworker
July 9, 2021
If one of your coworkers recently experienced the loss of a loved one, it can be difficult to know what to say to them. While you want to be there for them, you also don’t want to say something that o...[Read More]
Summer-Inspired Funeral Personalization Ideas
July 8, 2021
A summer-inspired funeral service doesn’t have to just be for funerals during the summertime. If your loved one’s birthday was during the summertime or if summer was their favorite season, y...[Read More]
Four Meaningful Ways to Help a Grieving Loved One While Social Distancing
July 8, 2021
When grieving the loss of a loved one, the support of family and friends means more than you’ll ever know. With social distancing being the new normal, this can make receiving that support more d...[Read More]
How (and Who) to Ask for Practical Help During Bereavement
July 8, 2021
How do you ask for practical support with things like chores, transportation, and funeral arrangements during emotional times around the death of a loved one? Though emotional support is extremely imp...[Read More]
Five Self-Care Tips While Grieving a Loss of a Loved One
July 8, 2021
When grieving a loss, it’s important to take care of your physical and mental health. Self-care isn’t selfish, and your loved one would want you to take care of yourself.Many activities also double as...[Read More]