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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...
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Sunday, February 17, 2019

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...
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Sunday, February 10, 2019

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...
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

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...
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Friday, January 18, 2019

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...
By VGFS
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Monday, January 7, 2019

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

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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...

Helpful Tips for Hosting a Memorable Repast

There are so many decisions to make as you plan the homegoing celebration for a loved one. Aside from the many details of the funeral or memorial service itself, it’s also customary (but not requ...

When Thanksgiving Feels Empty: Handling Loss and Grief at the Holidays

Thanksgiving can feel particularly harsh to those who are dealing with the loss of a loved one. Memories of happier holidays surface, and at this annual time of giving thanks, it may seem hard to...

A Final Salute: Funeral Arrangements to Honor Veterans

Our military veterans have made tremendous sacrifices for our country and deserve to be honored, especially during their funeral services. A military service offers an important way to pay respects...

How to Help Children Cope with the Loss of a Loved One

Losing a loved one is never easy. It’s a time filled with sadness, emotional turmoil, and change. For adults and children alike, grieving is an important part of accepting the loss of a loved one, ...