Collective Healing Through Understanding And Compassion

When a community experiences losses together, we call it “collective grief.” And we can move through collective grief together when we lean on each other for support. With the ongoing pandemic, climate crisis, and a recent increase in suicides and mass shootings, that “community experiencing loss” includes just about everyone in the world. This unity…

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How World Events Can Contribute To Individual Grief

Although we tend to think of “grief” as an isolated response to a single event, it may be more accurate to say that it’s a constant thread that weaves through the fabric of our lives.  There are seasons of life where the thread is more noticeable, such as after the death of a loved one. Yet…

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The Experience of Collective Grief

Lately, the act of turning on a T.V., opening a newspaper, or scrolling through a newsfeed has been stressful at best and day-ruining at worst. It seems like every day, we’re faced with more and more bad news that can sometimes result in feelings of sadness and hopelessness, causing a near-constant state of collective grief.…

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Coping With The Loss Of Your Best Friend

What happens when your best friend dies? Just like any other loss, the loss of your best friend is one that demands to be felt.You have to hold space for it, allow yourself to experience it, and move through the grief in the ways that feel right to you. Though all of that is the…

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When You’ve Lost A Loved One To Suicide

For the last 20 years or so, death by suicide has increased significantly in the United States. This inevitably means more loved ones are left behind, trying to navigate their grief and learn how to cope with their loss. The grieving process that follows the loss of a loved one is always tricky, but grieving…

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Navigating The Loss of Your Life Partner

Losing the person you share your life with is a life-changing event. Your most intimate relationship is more intertwined with your life than any other, so losing them can feel like losing a part of yourself. This loss touches every part of your life. It’s completely understandable to feel overwhelmed and like this is impossible…

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4 Must-Read Books While Grieving (This Summer)

One of the ways we mourn our losses in life is through community and connection with others. We gather for viewings, funerals, and memorials, and we honor our loved ones with shared family traditions. Sometimes, though—particularly in a peri-pandemic world—that connection and community can be a little bit harder to realize. We can feel alone,…

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What is Swedish Death Cleaning?

“Swedish Death Cleaning” is the act of cleaning, organizing, and decluttering your home before you die, to lessen the burden on your family and loved ones after you’re gone. Often, this is practiced by older people or people who have terminal illnesses. The History of Swedish Death Cleaning The term “Swedish Death Cleaning” was coined…

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10 Ways To Celebrate Father’s Day After He Has Died

Not just for fathers, Father’s Day is a day for us to honor and acknowledge all of the supportive men, fathers, and others in our lives. Planning to celebrate Father’s Day, after your father has died, can feel challenging at times. Thankfully, there isn’t one “right way” to celebrate and you get to decide what…

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What Happens To My Digital Footprint When I Die?

When you write or update your will, you’re telling your loved ones what you want to happen after you die. In general, you’ll cover these important questions: What should happen to my body? How should my death be observed? What should happen to my money? What should happen to my other possessions? What should happen…

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