What do we tell the kids? Helping children cope with grief

What do we tell the kids? Helping children cope with grief

Just as many adults struggle with grief, so too do children. However the way they experience grief can be quite different. For many children the concept of death may be unclear, so the feelings of grief they experience will likely be foreign. Some may assume that the...

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Funeral FAQ: What do I need to do when someone dies?

Funeral FAQ: What do I need to do when someone dies?

Death will touch all of us at some point in our lives. It may come when a family member dies or a close friend passes. But despite this inevitability, death is something we rarely discuss and its consequences are often not fully understood. Having an understanding of...

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Funerals matter: A ritual to honour and remember a life lived

Funerals matter: A ritual to honour and remember a life lived

Rituals are symbolic. They help us express our deepest thoughts and feelings about important events in our lives. Baptism celebrates the birth of child and their acceptance into the church family. Birthday parties honour the passing of another year in the life of...

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Funeral FAQ: What is embalming?

Funeral FAQ: What is embalming?

Put simply, embalming is similar to a surgical process and achieves three things: sanitisation, preservation and presentation of the body. This is achieved by treating all parts of the body with various chemicals. The process uses the vascular system of the body as...

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Busting the top 10 myths about grief

Busting the top 10 myths about grief

Myth #1 – Grief has a timeline The truth is, there is no timeline. The grief process is a personal experience and is influenced by so many factors. You can’t check grief off like a scorecard.   Myth #2 – Grief and mourning are the same thing They’re not the same...

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Missing Mum: Managing grief on Mother’s Day

Missing Mum: Managing grief on Mother’s Day

Mothers have a significant impact on all of our lives, so Mother’s Day can bring up many feelings. Whether you’re young or old, single or married, a parent or not, losing your mother is one of the most emotional experiences you will ever go through. So Mother’s Day...

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What’s next: Grief and fear of letting go

What’s next: Grief and fear of letting go

In the beginning, grief is like a fog – thick and dense. It’s a barrier between you and the world as you once knew it. You desperately want to feel better. You want to feel normal. Yet the idea of ‘normal’ seems impossible. Then one day you look up and realise that...

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Funeral FAQ: What is a eulogy?

Funeral FAQ: What is a eulogy?

A eulogy is a speech or presentation given at a funeral or memorial service. It celebrates and pays tribute to the life of the deceased, and can be delivered by a family member, a friend or the priest, minister or celebrant. “Eulogy” comes from the ancient Greek word...

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