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30 04, 2020

Ten Freedoms for Using Ceremony During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By | 2020-04-30T15:32:47-04:00 April 30th, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. If someone you love has died during the novel coronavirus pandemic, you have come to grief in an exceptionally challenging moment in history. You may have been separated from your loved one as they were dying. You may have been unable to view or spend time with the body after the death. You may have been prevented from having the full funeral you wanted because of gathering and travel restrictions. And people who care about you may not have been able to be near you to support you in your grief. These and other pandemic-related [...]

17 02, 2020

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

By | 2020-02-17T11:10:21-05:00 February 17th, 2020|Grief Support|2 Comments

What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD)? SAD is a form of depression also known as winter or seasonal depression. However, SAD is more than just “winter blues.” People with SAD experience symptoms similar to depression. The symptoms people experience can be very distressing and can interfere with daily functioning. Some of these symptoms include sleeping more, feelings of sadness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities which are usually enjoyed, decreased energy, decreased libido and irritability. Appetite may change too, with people tending to eat more. SAD can also be experienced in the spring or summer but it is less [...]

3 09, 2019

3 Tips for Helping Children and Youth Understand Funeral Services and Death

By | 2019-09-03T10:30:14-04:00 September 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

As a parent, you have a natural instinct to protect your child from harm. Some wish to spare their children the pain and sorrow of a funeral. However, excluding your child from a ceremony or ritual could do more harm than good, denying them the opportunity to grieve and be with others who are mourning. In this article, we will explain how best help your child to understand the service and rituals following the loss of a loved one. 1. Answer questions before the ceremony. This will give your child the opportunity to ask any questions they might have [...]