Family fights: When death brings out the worst

“Death brings out the best and worst in families.” We’ve all heard it before. If you’ve been through a personal loss, you’ve probably experienced it first hand. Sometimes we see the good. The reconciliation of a relationship that was long estranged. Family supporting...

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Valentine’s Day: The slings and arrows of grief

Valentine’s Day is a favourite day for those in love. But if you’re grieving the loss of a spouse, fiancé or partner, coping with the day can be emotionally taxing. Cupid’s arrow can pierce your heart in a very different way on Valentine’s Day. Everywhere you look,...

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Star struck: It’s not crazy to grieve a celebrity death

The world has experienced its fair share of loss over the last few years with the deaths of so many celebrities. The stars of stage and screen, who made us laugh and cry in equal measure. Carrie Fisher, Alan Rickman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Williams, Roger...

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Kids grieve too: Helping children deal with death at Xmas

Dealing with death is hard for children. And it can be especially hard at Christmas time when they feel the absence of their loved one more acutely. Here are some ways you can help children cope with grief over the festive season.   1. Communicate Talk openly...

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When there’s one less cracker at the table this year

Have you even noticed that Christmas crackers tend to come in packs of six or 12? Even numbers seem to work. But what if this year you have an odd number of people at your table? One of your nearest and dearest is gone this year, never again to don the absurd tissue...

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Tongue tied: How to say you’re sorry for someone’s loss

Expressing condolences to someone who’s grieving can leave even the most articulate among us feeling tongue tied. What should I say? Should I send a card? Flowers? Maybe I should pop around to see them? Is an email or Facebook message OK? It’s hard to know what...

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Soundtrack of a lifetime: Choosing music for a funeral service

When cultural icon and TV host Dick Clark enthused on American Bandstand that “music is the soundtrack of our lives”, his words struck a note with people around the world. Why? Because it’s so true. Music is one of the most powerful forces in how we experience the...

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Fragrant florals: What do different funeral flowers mean?

Unsure about what flowers to send to a funeral? If so, you’re not alone. There are so many choices, particularly these days as there are far more varieties on offer and flowers that were once only seasonally available are now on hand all year round. Before you tell...

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