The natural order: Dealing with the loss of a parent

The natural order: Dealing with the loss of a parent

When a parent dies, we’re supposed to be prepared for this normal life passage – or at least be more ready to accept it when it happens. We’re supposed to pick ourselves up, close the wound quickly and move on. After all, the death of a parent is the natural order of...

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Family fights: When death brings out the worst

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

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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Soundtrack of a lifetime: Choosing music for a funeral service

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?

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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Small screen grief: Our top 10 memorable TV episodes

Small screen grief: Our top 10 memorable TV episodes

With the ability to beam action, adventure and romance directly into our homes, television has become an undeniable part of our cultural psyche. As we settle in to watch our favourite TV shows, we become invested in the characters and what’s going on in their lives –...

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A gift to the living: How to write a memorable eulogy

A gift to the living: How to write a memorable eulogy

Most of us have heard about one study or another that claims public speaking is our number one fear. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld even made a joke about it in one of his stand-up routines noting that: “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking....

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