Sympathy Gifts

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The tradition of offering gifts to the bereaved goes back centuries. When we are at a loss for words, often this is the way in which we can express our feelings of love and support to the family. There are many traditional gifts to offer; however, giving some thought to the personality of the deceased […]

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Sleep Disturbances

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It is not uncommon to experience sleep disturbances following the death of a loved one or suffering a significant loss. Often people will tell you that the nights are the hardest. I certainly found this to be true after my husband died. My daughters would be in bed and the house was just so quiet […]

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Disorganization after Loss

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The roller coaster ride after loss is like none other! People experience a myriad of responses which includes feeling an overwhelming sense of loss, being confused and just unable to pull your day together. The bereaved often wonder if they are ‘going crazy!’ It’s an incredibly confusing, exhausting and frustrating time. It’s not uncommon to […]

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Shock after Loss

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When we hear of a global tragedy, like the earthquakes in Japan or the Oslo bombing, we experience a sense of shock and numbness. This is also a common response when learning that a loved one has died. Shock has a purpose – it acts like an insulation to protect us from fully taking in […]

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