Social Distancing, Weddings and Funerals

Posted on April 3rd, 2020
Posted by Allen McMullen under General
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Does it take losing something to make us see its real value? Suddenly we find ourselves in a world where weddings and funerals may not happen. Just a few weeks ago people might have questioned the need for these kinds of gatherings. Now, we begin to feel what we have lost. Albeit a temporary loss, […]

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Moving after a spouse dies?

Posted on March 27th, 2020
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One of the realities of losing a spouse or a parent is the impact that event has on living arrangements. Are we living in the “right” place? Is the house too big? Is it too far away from family? Will my surviving parent be safe where they live? Should I move to be closer to […]

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We all love in very different ways: Preserving the family relationship while planning a funeral

Posted on March 20th, 2020
Posted by Allen McMullen under Funeral service
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You are with someone with whom you share some history. Maybe it’s a brother, sister, or a childhood friend. You are talking about an event from the “old days” and you suddenly realize you all remember the event a little differently. Most of us have had this experience. Our relationships work in a similar fashion. […]

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Do I really need to attend the funeral?

Posted on March 13th, 2020
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Your presence is important. If there is any way possible, please, just be there. When a child is born it is a life changing event for the parents, siblings and grandparents at the very least. It may also be a life changing event for the kindergarten teacher five years in the future. Bottom line, life […]

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Where should I send my condolences?

Posted on March 6th, 2020
Posted by Allen McMullen under What to say at a funeral
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Condolences do matter and timing is important.   Do not put off contacting your friend to express your sympathy. Options and opportunities may have changes over the decades, but the importance of reaching out to those suffering a loss has not. A call or a written note is always just right. Social media is just […]

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