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This Arbor Day, Plant a Tree in Memory of a Loved One

The United States was one of the first countries in the world to celebrate Arbor Day, a holiday dedicated to tree planting. Celebrated on the last Friday in April, this year we will recognize Arbor...
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Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Story of a Lifetime: How to Write an Obituary for a Loved One

In the aftermath of a loved one’s passing, writing the obituary may seem like one more daunting chore on your checklist during a sad and exhausting time. You may feel overwhelmed by the respon...
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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Coping with Lonliness After the Loss of a Spouse

The loss of a spouse often brings with it a special kind of bereavement. Whether the death was sudden or expected after a long illness, the emotions are typically intense and enormous lifestyle cha...
By VGFS
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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Five Things to Consider When Choosing an Assisted Living Facility

If you or someone you love is considering an assisted living facility, you already know that the decision isn’t an easy one. Aside from concerns about happiness, the financial impacts, and the ma...
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Sunday, March 24, 2019

How to Help a Friend Who’s Lost a Loved One to Suicide

“A person never truly gets ‘over’ a suicide loss. You get through it. Day by day. Sometimes it’s moment by moment.” — Holly Kohler Suicide is currently the tenth leading cause of de...
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Monday, March 11, 2019

Important Home Safety Tips for Seniors

It’s not surprising that most seniors say they would prefer to remain in their own homes as they grow older. While those familiar surrounding are comforting, they may not provide adequate safety. C...
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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Seven Ways to Ease the Burden on a Caregiver

Sometimes, being there for caregivers is the best way we can help. In the United States, an astonishing 59% of the population serves as an unpaid caregiver to a chronically ill family member or eld...
By VGFS
In News & Events
Sunday, February 17, 2019

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A Personal Journey: What to Expect In the Final Days of Life

Many people wonder if they will recognize that a loved one is dying. Each person’s journey to death is unique and nothing is set in stone. Some people fade quickly while others experience a gradu...

Writing a Memorable Eulogy: How to Capture the Essence of a Life in Words

Funerals are a difficult time for everyone, but they can be especially challenging for friends or relatives who have been asked to deliver a eulogy. In essence, the eulogy serves as a personal tr...

How to Talk with Your Loved Ones about Their Final Wishes

The end of life can be a traumatic time filled with difficult decisions. How does your loved one want to be cared for? What are their preferences for care if they become incapacitated? Where do t...

Busting the Myths: What Hospice Does and Doesn’t Do

Knowing what hospice care offers can help you make better decisions down the road. While many doctors fail to mention hospice services to patients in the final stages of their lives, millions of fa...

Scamming the Bereaved: It’s More Common Than You Think

For many of us, discussing death is off limits. As a result, a loved one’s finances and final wishes may only be revealed after his or her passing. Sadly, there are con artists who focus on sca...

Make Sure Estate Planning and Funeral Planning Are Among Your New Year’s Resolutions

It’s once again the time to start thinking about those new year’s resolutions. While most resolutions tend to focus on self-improvement, we‘re suggesting a more practical idea that’s actually achie...

Coping with Grief: Create a Joyful Holiday by Adding Fun New Traditions

When you’re mourning the loss of a loved one, the same holiday traditions that once brought joy can serve as difficult reminders. Whether your loss was very recent or some time ago, the holidays ar...