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Understanding the Stages of Grief

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Grief is a complex emotion, and it isn't easy to determine how it affects everyone. Some people are very expressive about their grief, while others hold their pain close. Many psychologists have attempted to understand how grief works. One of the most popular studies published on this topic is by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, who described five stages of grief. Here’s a brief look at what they mean: 1. Denial
People's first reaction is to reject death. They immediately deny it happened, even after being warned about it. This denial can last for several days and linger for months in different forms. For example, it isn't common for people to 'hear' a deceased loved one's voice often or even 'feel' their presence. 2. Anger
Grieving individuals go through turbulent emotions like frustration, rage, helplessness, and anger shortly after the loss. Death is inevitable, and it can make humans feel powerless. Anger is a natural response to this. 3. Bargaining
This stage i…

Remembering And Honoring A Loved One Through Holidays

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When a close family member passes during the holidays, things change hugely. No matter where you look or what you do, you find that something or the other trigger your grief. It could be a song, the parties that you attend an event, or any traditions that you follow or even a movie that you watch that becomes a trigger for grief.
While many people try to cope with their grief in various ways, denial and avoidance are two tactics that most tend to use. However, this isn't always the best way to deal with the sorrow that you are feeling.
During the holidays, there are many different things that you can do to keep their memory alive so that they become part of your holiday traditions. Let's take a look at what these things are:
You can display some old photo albums in any area that is accessible to your holiday visitors. It's an excellent way to kick start conversations around that person and tell stories with friends and family.

If you have digital photographs, you can create a…

Meaningful Gift Ideas For Someone Who Has Recently Lost Someone

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When a friend or family member is grieving, your support and presence can mean a lot to them. In many ways, the companionship you provide the person during this difficult time can be one of the most significant gifts that you give them.However, there are other types of gifts that you can provide a grieving family as well, such as:
·If you aren't sure about what to give a grieving family, stick with traditional gifts.Comfort foods such as bread, fruits, cheese, etc. work well. These food items are easy to get and do not require any preparation.  When a family is grieving, they may not feel like preparing meals for themselves, and these simple foods can provide them some nutrition during this difficult time.
·When people are in mourning, they do not think of all the usual things that they would do, such as keeping their house clean and maintaining various features and elements.It doesn't take long for the house to start looking unkempt and uncared for.If you are planning to give s…

Remembering The Departed At Thanksgiving

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Holidays can be stressful if you have lost a family member. You want to spend time with family and enjoy the festive spirit, but you also don't want to forget about your dearly departed loved one. At Simply Cremations, we encourage people to find ways to honor their loved ones. This can help with the healing process and allow you to spend Thanksgiving without feeling guilty. Here are some tips that can help:
1. Take a Trip to the Loved One’s Resting Place
Visit the loved one's grave, and thank them for being a bright influence on your life. You can also decorate their grave with fresh flowers and some of their favorite items. Some people also pour wine on the ground as a symbolic act, like they're sharing a drink with the deceased person.
2. Prepare their Favorite Meal
Prepare your loved one’s favorite meal for Thanksgiving dinner. You can share the stories related to the dish with your guests and encourage people to share their memories as well. This is a great way to ensure …

Ways To Personalize Your Loved One's Gravesite

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If a family member has passed and has been buried, there are several ways in which you can honor that person's memory.Many people like to decorate their loved one's gravesite. We at Simply Cremations and Funeral Services find that there are different ways in which you can personalize it.  Here we take a look at some of them.
·You can create a bright spot near the gravesite by planting fresh flowers.  Every time you visit the place to pay homage, the flowers will remind you of your loved one.  Choose flowers that the person particularly liked and ones that will enhance the beauty of the gravesite.
·You have the option to place different photographs near the grave.  These images can bring back memories and give you some solace when you to visit the place to pay your respects.  You can frame these photographs in weather-resistant frames so that they last for a longer time.
·If your loved one was a veteran or served in the military, you can also position a few flags near the gravesit…

Care Essentials While Grieving The Loss Of A Loved One

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Grieving is a complicated process, and it affects people in many ways. It’s not uncommon for grieving individuals to lose track of their everyday life and health. At Simply Cremations, we believe that self-care is essential and can help you move past this challenging time. Here are some care essentials that you should have on hand while grieving the loss of a loved one:

1. Healthy And Nutritious Food
It’s not uncommon for grieving individuals to have problems with appetite. Some people don’t want to eat while others are in no position to cook and rely on unhealthy fast food. This can take a toll on the body and mind, making the grieving process more difficult. Make sure you have a good supply of healthy ingredients and simple meals. Eating healthy will have a positive impact on your mindset and help you recover.

2. Relaxing Activities
Grief causes a lot of stress, especially if you have to deal with responsibilities like taking care of the family after the loss. Relaxing activities l…

Pre-Planning Your Funeral

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The concept of funeral pre-planning is fast gaining acceptance, and many people are looking at it as an option. While some people are not very comfortable about discussing topics such as these, others are perfectly okay with making arrangements for their funeral, in advance.

Today, many credible funeral homes offer this service, and you can choose from different types of plans based on your requirements and budget. This entire process is straightforward, and the funeral home director will provide you the details you require about the services they offer and how they can create a custom package for you.
The Benefits of Pre-Planning Your FuneralWhen you pre-plan your funeral, you also pay for it in advance. This means your family members do not have to be burdened with the cost of your funeral, and they can organize everything in a stress-free manner.It becomes a cost-effective option for you because you pay for the funeral in advance, and the price would never escalate regardless of w…