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Do You Want a Funeral or a Memorial Service?

  For some, the thought of preplanning a funeral or memorial service is utterly morbid. It’s not. There are many reasons to consider doing so. To begin with, immediately following a loved one’s death, the family is quite emotional. If this was a sudden death, they are likely to be in shock and completely overwhelmed […]

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Three Ways Rituals Help Us Heal

Rituals are not scary practices. We all have our morning rituals (e.g. shower, brush our teeth, coffee etc.) and our nighttime rituals (e.g. work out, watch TV, journal, read etc.) that we carry out faithfully. In fact, if we didn’t do them something would feel off. We also use rituals and ceremonies to mark milestones […]

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Pocket Angels ( are for Children & Adults)

When my husband died, my daughters and I went to stay with family. Within a few months, I put our house up for sale and purchased another home. As we made plans to move from my brother’s home into our new house, I realized it would be important for us to go back to the […]

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Children Understand Grief in a Way Adults Don’t

Children may not fully grasp the grief process; however, they understand it in a way that adults don’t. I learned more from watching my children and nieces and nephews grieve than I did from watching adults. We are often afraid for children to experience the pain of loss. As parents and adults, we understand how […]

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A Change of Mind – An Important Documentary

A Change of Mind – A Documentary on the Societal Impact of Brain Injury The Cridge Centre for the Family hosted the World Premiere of filmmaker, Hilary Pryor’s documentary, A Change of Mind. This documentary, featuring several survivors served by the Cridge including Derrick Forsyth who narrated the film, depicted the devastating impact of brain […]

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A Person's Faith May Change After Loss

A PERSON’S FAITH MAY CHANGE AFTER LOSS

Don’t assume that a person’s faith will get them through a loss. Don’t judge if they express anger towards God. Don’t try to fix it or make it better. Instead, help them to explore their feelings. They will come to their own answers that make sense to them and it is imperative that he is […]

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Unique Grief of Police, Military & First-Responders

THE UNIQUE GRIEF OF POLICE, MILITARY & FIRST-RESPONDERS

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” ~Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the Unite States (1872-1933) To Live a Life of Service We choose to live a life of service. For some this means living a life of devotion in a religious or spiritual […]

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