Nothing can heal the hurt left over after someone you love passes, but finding something symbolic that can honor the person lost can bring comfort.
Memorial benches are one of the most popular choices when it comes to commemorating a death and remembering the person you loved. They come in all different shapes and sizes, allowing you to find what works best for you.
Reaching out to offer love, support, and sympathy gifts to someone you care about following a loss of their parent can play an important role in their healing. In this post, we're going to take a look at what to give someone who lost a parent, including sympathy gifts specific to the loss of a mother, loss of a father, and loss of a young parent of a child.
Processing the death of someone we cared about can rock us to our core. It can cause us to face our own mortality, adjust our lives, and even question our fate. In some cases, the loss may even cause a lack of stability in your life, either emotional or financial.
Here in the United States, the process of mourning following a death typically involves sending a sympathy gift and attending a funeral. People often bring food and send flowers or donations to charities supporting research for medical conditions that led to the passing of the individual.
Cultures all over the world grieve a loss and honor lost loved ones in a number of different ways, however.
Most people live with the hope of retiring and living their best lives after they’ve exited their career. Unfortunately, not everyone gets that chance. Some individuals pass away before their time, leaving family, friends, managers, and coworkers grieving in the aftermath.
Anyone who has experienced a loss knows that the anniversary of the passing of a loved one can be extremely painful. This is always true, though the first anniversary may be particularly challenging to face.
The realization that it's been a whole year and having all the memories (both good and bad) can be almost traumatic to our systems as the loss.
Even if several years or even decades have passed, the anniversary of death is never easy.
When we think of the holiday season, we're supposed to be flooded with those warm, fuzzy feelings that you typically experience growing up. You think about the glittering of Christmas lights, crispy latkes, or even just a warm glass of cider after Thanksgiving dinner.
A time that's so centered around family and togetherness, however, can be particularly painful for those who are coping with grief and a loss. This is particularly true if it's your first holiday season missing a loved one.
It's not uncommon to find yourself at a loss for what to do or how to express sympathy when someone you care about has lost someone they loved. This is true whether it's a friend, a family member, a coworker, or even a client of your business.
You don't want to be overwhelming, but a sympathy card also just doesn't seem to cut it. You want to do something, but finding the right gesture is difficult.
Memorials, funerals, and wakes are somber events, and it's common for people to find themselves uncomfortable and unsure of what's expected of them.
This isn't overwhelmingly surprising, especially since many avoid talking about death whenever possible. Because of this, however, sometimes accidental missteps are made during a time that should be treated with sensitivity and care.
Losing a loved one is amongst many people's deepest fears. The passing of someone we care about, whether it's a family member or a friend, can be unbearably painful. The one glimmer of positivity during a loss, however, is that the bereaved are typically surrounded by their support system. People show up with homemade dishes, attend memorials, and lend an patient ear.
Now, however, that isn't always an option with social distancing still a necessity in many areas due to COVID-19.
Losing someone we love-- whether it's a family member, a spouse, or even a pet-- is never easy. It's a hard transition, and it can be easy to become consumed from the loss and the trauma itself. While we're processing, it's so easy to find yourself fixating on the pain or the hard times leading up to the loss that it's difficult to remember the good times that came before.