Helping a Co-Worker Who is Grieving

We live in a death denying society. It is often difficult for us to talk about death, especially with a relative stranger. In the workplace, however, it is very important to address the issues of the person's loss. ... Read on »

Grieving Through The Holidays

For many, the holidays are a time of togetherness and excitement, but for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one, the holidays bring about feelings of grief and sadness. ... Read on »

How to Make a Shiva Call

Because a shiva call requires total sensitivity to the needs of the mourner, the tradition mandates appropriate behaviors for the visitor. ... Read on »

Tears in Heaven Lyrics

Eric Clapton wrote this about his 4-year-old son Conor, who died when he fell out of a 53rd floor window in his mother's apartment in New York City. Clapton had one other child at the time: His daughter Ruth was born in 1987, the year after Conor was born. ... Read on »

What the Bible says about Children going to Heaven

Understandably, people who lose a child want assurance that their little one is safe in the arms of God. The Bible is not explicit about what happens to those who are too young to make a proclamation of faith. ... Read on »


Postvention is psychological first aid, crisis intervention, and other support offered after a suicide to affected individuals or the workplace as a whole to alleviate possible negative effects of the event. ... Read on »

Catholic Prayers for a Deceased Relative or Friend

May you rest in the arms of the Lord who formed you from the dust of the earth. ... Read on »

Bible Verses On Eternity

Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life. ... Read on »

Prayer to Our Ultimate Source of Strength

I will lift up my eyes to the hills / From whence comes my help? ... Read on »

Dispelling the Misconceptions About Suicide and Grief and Mourning

Misconception: A misconception is a mistaken notion you might have about something in other words, something you believe to be true but that is not true. Misconceptions about grief are common in our society because we tend not to openly mourn or talk about grief and mourning. You can see how we'd have misconceptions about something as "in the closet" as suicide grief. ... Read on »

Before you say No Funeral You should Know about Funerals

Is there a value to a funeral or is it all an unneccesary expense and event?  Clergy and pastoral care has stated that one of the most changed functions they have experienced is the change in the funeral. ... Read on »

Bible Verses On Loneliness

For the LORD will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the LORD has been pleased to make you a people for Himself ... Read on »

In Flanders Field

McCrae's "In Flanders Fields" remains to this day one of the most memorable war poems ever written. It is a lasting legacy of the terrible battle in the Ypres salient in the spring of 1915. ... Read on »

Military Surviving Benefits

This web site is dedicated to the surviving spouses and dependents of military personnel who died while in active military service and to the survivors of veterans who died after active service. ... Read on »

Wedding Invitation - Honoring a Deceased Parent

Can I still honor my father in the wording on my invitations even though he is deceased? (My mother is not remarried). ... Read on »

The Meaning of the Flag at a Military Funeral

Do you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the year 1776 ... Read on »

Social Security Benefits for the Surviving Family

Definition of survivors benefits When a person who has worked and paid Social Security taxes dies, certain members of the family may be eligible for survivors benefits. Up to ten years of work is needed to be eligible for benefits, depending on the person's age at the time of death. ... Read on »

What Do I Say? - Sympathy Card Etiquette

At some point and time in all our lives we will have to write a Sympathy Card. Unlike the other more joyous occasions like congratulating a couple on the new arrival of their baby, the Sympathy Card can be very difficult to compose. ... Read on »

Anne Morrow Lindbergh: The first days of grief are not the worst

Contrary to the general assumption, the first days of grief are not the worst. The immediate reaction is usually shock and numbing disbelief. One has undergone an amputation. After shock comes acute early grief which is a kind of "condensed presence" -- almost a form of possession. One still feels the lost limb down to the nerve endings. It is as if the intensity of grief fused the distance between you and the dead. ... Read on »

When Families Grieve - Spanish Edition

When Families Grieve - Spanish Edition ... Read on »

Prayer for a Pet Memorial Service

O Lord our God, we come before You this day in sadness. (Pet’s name), who brought us so much joy in life, has now died. (His/Her) happy times in our family’s embrace have come to an end. We miss (pet’s name) already. ... Read on »

What Color is Death Daddy?

What Color is Death Daddy? ... Read on »

Christian Butterfly

Christian Butterfly symbolism has been talked about throughout the ages. The butterfly emerging from the chrysalis has traditionally been a symbolism of Christ rising from the tomb. ... Read on »

Kaleidoscope of Grief

This book is for children (& adults) of all ages who have experienced the death of a loved one. It is an interactive book to help children explore their feelings, accept and embrace the grief, and help them work through the plethora of emotions that face them in the years ahead. ... Read on »

Roman Catholic Rite for commending a departing soul

Whenever a pastor goes to carry out the ceremony of commending a departing soul, he should if possible be assisted by at least another cleric. The latter will carry the vessel with holy water, a surplice, and a purple stole. ... Read on »

Weary in Grief Bible Verses

Weariness comes from bearing too heavy a burden for too long a time. Find refreshment in God's word... ... Read on »

Community Loss Ceremonial Prayers

What are we to say, except that it is not our own wisdom which will make sense of all that has happened today, but a wisdom which knows the hearts of us all. ... Read on »

A Few Suggestions for Regulating Fear and Anger in Grief

"Emotional regulation" is a fancy psychological term that refers to any method that you might try, consciously or not, to change the otherwise spontaneous flow of your emotions. By this definition, you might want to increase, prolong, or decrease a feeling. Because the human brain is designed to do this quite well, and the HSP's brain even more so, you already know quite a bit about emotional regulation, just by having lived awhile. But it never hurts to make it more conscious. ... Read on »

My Life is in Your Hands

Joy comes in the morning, troubles they don't last always, For there's a friend in Jesus who will wipe your tears away, And if your heart is broken just lift your hands and say ... Read on »

The Role of Spirituality in the Healing Process

The Role of Spirituality in the Healing Process ... Read on »

Candlelight Vigil Speech after 9/11

This candlelight vigil is, by its own definition and by our intention, a remembrance of others - so many others. Our candles soon to be lit — bright and flaming, yet small and all too extinguishable — will burn this wonderful early autumn evening, with many emotions: There is sadness and grief at the loss we feel - so shocking in its horror, so great in its numbers, and so gripping in its connection to each of us. The numbness we felt first at the sight of flaming towers and crashing aircraft now assumes the reality of names and faces, human tears and family dreams forever torn asunder. ... Read on »



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