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The Last Lonely Ride Death Comes in Its Own Time, in Its Own Way

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 Jeff Fitzgerald (July 29, 2008)  My experience with my father's death started with a phone call. You might know the kind. It's the one I dreaded picking up the most. The voice on the other end of the line was very matter of fact and the conversation was brief. I got up. My bag was already packed. It had been for weeks. The airport was close. My parents lived four hours away and I still remember the sound of the .. (Death Dying)

Condolence Flowers Tips For Selecting the Best Blossoms

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 Ben Anton (July 27, 2008)  Science as well as experts agree that people find comfort and meaning in memorial or condolence flower arrangements. The bereaving often find condolence flowers and sympathy cards to the most meaningful gifts they can receive when sadness and pain seem to surround them. Beautiful flowers have long been representative of the cycle of life and death. Because they can also symbolize hope, . (Death Dying)

Death The Next Logical Step

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 Kathy Kirk (July 27, 2008)  I have had the honor and opportunity to be present with several people in death, as well as in their life. This past week as I sought to soothe and comfort a friend of mine whose husband is making his transition, I took some time to reflect on the similarities that I have observed over the years when people make their transitions and move on. The application, or focus, of their spirit .. (Death Dying)

Sympathy Flowers That Last Longer

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 Amy Nutt (July 25, 2008)  When it comes to a funeral, there`s nothing worse than flowers that are wilting around the casket during the ceremony. You want to purchase floral arrangements that are going to last long after the service and that will brighten the gravesite for days to come. However, it can be difficult to find the appropriate floral arrangement for this purpose . . . flowers that look good and last a . (Death Dying)

Death of a Father

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 Bernadette Santiago (July 24, 2008)  It was a typical Sunday morning. I woke up quite late that day. I did my usual chores. I was excited because later that day, I would get to visit my parents and siblings. Visiting my folks is something that I always look forward to. Since I got married sixteen years ago, being with them is something that I enjoy doing. I really miss them a lot especially when we moved to Cavite. It is . (Death Dying)

Guilt and Isolation Are Emotional Saboteurs of Home Caring in End of Life Situations

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 Susan Burgess (July 22, 2008)  Isolation and guilt are two terms that are often associated with caring for a loved one at home, who is terminally ill. This role is described as being an extremely difficult task. Carers face both physical and emotional demands that indeed can make them feel as if they are totally isolated from the rest of the world. Having had contact with wives, husbands, sisters, aunts and children . (Death Dying)

When a Child Loses a Loved One

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 Kathleen Whitlow (July 22, 2008)  When a child loses a loved one, their behavior is often indicative of their feelings. Children grieve similarly to the way adults do, they simply express their grief in a different manner. While children experience loss, their expression of it may depend and vary based on their age and maturity. A younger child who has yet to understand the full impact and meaning of death may express .. (Death Dying)

How to Convey What You Really Want to in a Condolence Card in Three Steps

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 Juan Muino (July 18, 2008)  By reading this article you'll learn that there is a proper way to structure a condolence letter, note or card. All of us dread having to write any form of condolence letter or card. They can be the hardest and saddest things you'll ever have to write. It is always difficult to know what to write in a condolence letter; what should be said and what thoughts should be conveyed. By .. (Death Dying)

Helpful Packing and Storage Tips For After a Funeral

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 Rainey Rochelle (July 17, 2008)  In fact for the few days you don't even like to move out of bed or any other place for that matter. Then slowly this routine starts playing a big role in making a mess of the whole house where the person used to live. Questions arise like: -How should one go about cleaning the house in such a situation? -Can you possibly dispose of the belongings of a person you adored so much? Well, .. (Death Dying)

Bereavement Cards and Sympathy Thank You Cards

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 Sarah Porter (July 15, 2008)  Different cultures have different ways of dealing with death. When it comes time to mourn the loss of a loved one, what will matter the most to you is the support you receive from those around you. There is almost nothing that can prepare you for someone's death, but regardless of the form or amount of sympathy that another expresses to you over a death or a loss, most experts agree .. (Death Dying)

Funeral Thank You Notes

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 Sabrina Lawton (July 10, 2008)  Writing funeral thank you notes, especially when writing a thank you note after a funeral can seem like a source of stress to many. But writing can be a valuable and healing experience, even though it seems tough. Here are some tips on how to write them while you're grieving, along with some sample thank you note wording to get you started. Thank you notes need not be entirely .. (Death Dying)

Burial at Sea A Peaceful Way to Say Goodbye

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 Dana Parks (July 03, 2008)  Burial at sea - Ash Scattering - is an increasingly popular option for families when saying goodbye to loved ones. Not only is it an environmental friendly alternative to traditional burial and rich in nautical tradition, it is also a much less expensive alternative to traditional burial. It is often chosen when the loved one had a special connection to the water (boating, swimming, .. (Death Dying)

Death of a Baby A Fathers Love and Grief

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 Kevin McNamara (July 03, 2008)  On Sunday 15th January, 1989, I was rostered on for a week of night shifts at the Cranbourne police station. Members rostered to work night shift would commence on the Sunday night and work 7 nights straight. Duty would commence at 11pm and finish at 7am the next morning unless of course you were forced to work overtime due to some incident occurring during your shift. The 2 other .. (Death Dying)

Helping Kids Cope With the Death of a Loved One

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 Sarah Freeland (June 30, 2008)  It is an unfortunate thing, that death is apart of everyone's life. Death doesn't seem to keep track of age, or health of someone who is young. As parents, we try to shield our children from the grief of loss. However this cannot always be done, when someone close to the child passes. Whether it be the death of a grandparent, parent, sibling, or friend the child will have learn this .. (Death Dying)

Making Memories - How to Live Forever in the Hearts of Those Who Love You

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 Carol Knopf (June 29, 2008)  For a growing number of baby boomers, end of life issues are something we have to deal with now. And if not now, then in the near future. The shock of being told you're going to die cannot be underestimated. We all know it's going to happen one day; but couldn't we just fall over from a heart attack or stroke instead of being told we have six months, a year, whatever. In fact, having .. (Death Dying)

How To Handle A Death

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 Jacqueline Wolven (June 25, 2008)  Most people do not understand the death process until they are faced with the death of a loved one or they decide to plan their own estate. Decisions for death care have personal and financial impact and should be made with as much information as possible. This article summarizes the primary steps and decisions in the death care process. Death Certificate The death care process is .. (Death Dying)

Unnecessary Deaths Due to Not Doing Your Homework

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 Eshwarya Patel (June 22, 2008)  After speaking with some residents of Los Angeles, it became apparent that there was a significant number of folks that were not even aware of where the nearest hospital was. They were also unaware of ambulance services by both the hospital and private companies available in their area. In cases of life and death, nobody wants to be spending their time surfing the internet or looking .. (Death Dying)

Funeral Insurance Find the Option For You, Low Cost, Benefits

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 Bryan Burbank (June 20, 2008)  Dying is big business in the USA. Most funeral homes and there directors are nice people but as in any business you will find those who will take advantage. Let us ask ourselves who is more vulnerable than someone who has just lost a loved one. There are many misconceptions about funerals and burials and we will attempt to make things easy for you to understand so that you can find .. (Death Dying)

Funeral Poems The History of the Eulogy and Elegy

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 Ben Anton (June 19, 2008)  People almost exclusively associate a funeral eulogy or elegy with the passing of a friend or loved one. While it is true that the modern versions are indeed most often used to lament someone's death, the two distinct literary styles have a long and surprising history. A Eulogy is used to describe nearly any speech or writing that pays tribute to a person or people that have recently .. (Death Dying)

Fixing The Headstone

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 Jj Smith (May 23, 2008)  One of the most important aspects of installing the headstone is the fixing within the ground. There has been much publicity about the hazards of falling or unsecured headstones and recent health and safety legislations have been put in place, many unsafe headstones being laid down to prevent accidents. It is the responsibility of the mason to assess the ground conditions and decide .. (Death Dying)

Cremation - A Dignified Way to Honor Your Loved One

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 Kathleen Whitlow (April 28, 2008)  When choosing the manner in which to honor a loved one that has passed away the choice can sometimes be a difficult one. Usually the decision will be between whether or not to bury the loved one or have them cremated. In some cases cremation may be the best choice for you family to help you prepare you loved ones physical remains for departure and help keep them close to your heart. .. (Death Dying)

Death and Dying

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 Chin Pang Wong (April 09, 2008)  From a clinical point of view, “death" means the organism ceases to function, that is, the person who has died has lost the capacity to breathe and to sustain a spontaneous heartbeat. Death is an unwanted event for most people; however, it is also an inevitable event. Some people will die at a sudden and tragic accident, like those terrorist attack victims in the U. S. World Trade . (Death Dying)

We Will Meet Again

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 Kelly Ballard (April 08, 2008)  Recently several clients and some dear friends have come to me struggling with the deaths of loved ones. Death is often a topic each of us would like to avoid - like a dirty, little secret that if we just ignore it long enough, maybe it will go away. However it doesn't. . . It just waits for each of us. I have an easy relationship with death. I believe in a Christian model, however, I .. (Death Dying)

A Child's Concept of Death And A Parent's Role in Making Them Cope

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 Elena Shella Villamor (March 21, 2008)  Parents, when faced with the sudden concern of explaining a subject that children have a hard time groping, often retract or just altogether ignore the idea of talking to their children about it. There are many topics that children on different age levels have a hard time understanding: sex, careers, and death. As a parent, your role is to be there when they present the inevitable .. (Death Dying)

In Memory of Adam Joseph Dunn - To The Friends and Family - Always Remember

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 Margaret Dunn (March 21, 2008)  In Memory of Adam J Dunn. Faith, hope and love. Without these, life is worth nothing. There is a poem circulating in the emails that is to remind us of 911, but when I read it, I thought immediately of all of those that I love that I perhaps didn't have time to tell this day. Adam Dunn, so young, was snatched from our lives on December 23, 2007. He had his whole future ahead of him. .. (Death Dying)

Types of Memorial and Funeral Floral Arrangements

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 Budda Oliver (March 17, 2008)  When a loved one has been lost, it may feel like there is not much one can do to comfort a grieving family. Perhaps you yourself are experiencing intense emotions and may feel a bit overwhelmed. Throughout history, flowers have been used as a gesture of love and compassion and to this day, the offering of sympathy arrangements for the memorial services remain one of the best ways to .. (Death Dying)

Military Funeral and Memorial Services

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 Budda Oliver (March 14, 2008)  Funeral and memorial services can be considered a beautiful and memorable experience by all those who attend. Memorial and funeral services can be a celebration of one's life and accomplishments. Military funeral honors are one great example of this. Military honors are used to acknowledge and commend one's service to his or her country. Military honors are available to all servicemen .. (Death Dying)

Sympathy Cards - What Do I Say?

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 Karen Miller (March 12, 2008)  One of the most difficult cards to send to a family or friend is a sympathy card. Why? Because if you are like me, you have many mixed feeling on what is truly appropriate for the situation. But never underestimate the powerful message you convey by just sending a card at a time of grief. While many ask that donations be given in lieu of flowers, it is always appropriate to send a card .. (Death Dying)

Donating After Death

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 Tarang Bhargava (February 18, 2008)  A way of being of help even when you're dead is to donate your organs. After you no longer need them, someone else can benefit. Your loved ones would otherwise just burn or bury your body. Everyone knows the fact that ultimately one day they will die, and yet we want to live our life in such a way that people remember us. No one ponders on the fact “what is the use if people .. (Death Dying)

7 Tips for Buying Urns Online

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 Joseph Mccabe (February 13, 2008)  In the past, purchasing an urn involved going to the funeral home, which handled the funeral arrangements of your beloved family member, and picking one from their display selection. Now, since the advent of the Internet, one can simply type in the search term “urns" in any search engine and find literally hundreds of companies selling a wide variety of cremation urns online. .. (Death Dying)

Death, the Phenomena

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 Tarang Bhargava (February 10, 2008)  Death is a phenomenon that captures all living beings. It can be synonymized by “end of life. " Life can end because of various reasons but in layman terms it can be said that death is said to have occurred when malfunction of one or more parts of the body leads to collapse of the internal biological system. After death the body is either consumed by predators or is decomposed. .. (Death Dying)

Death And Dying - What To Do At The End

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 Sveinung Skoglund (February 07, 2008)  Death and dying are two of the most debated topics in matters of personal choice. You can't choose when or where you are born, but many think that one should be able to choose the time and method of one's own death, especially if one is very sick and suffering. Frequently, this argument is not contested by loved ones or close friends, but rather members of the legislative, legal and .. (Death Dying)

Dealing With The Loss Of A Loved One

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 Chad Wiley (January 31, 2008)  The loss of a dear and loved one is often quite difficult to deal with. The trauma of such a loss can sometimes be overpowering when psychological obstacles develop and prevent the pained soul from accepting the loss with peace in mind. Specialists in the field or psychology, term this phase as the “denial phase", when the bereaved soul refuses to accept whatever has happened. .. (Death Dying)

Funeral Memorial Tribute Videos - A Great Way to Honor Your Loved One

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 Chad Wiley (January 31, 2008)  "Long, long be my heart with such memories fill'd!" ~ Thomas Moore. When a loved one passes away, those left behind feel like honoring the deceased soul and cherishing the moments spent together. Funeral memorial video tribute serves as an apt and special way of doing so. These videos are generally showed during the principal funeral ceremony and sometimes at a visitation or the .. (Death Dying)

Caskets - General Information on Funeral Caskets

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 Chad Wiley (January 31, 2008)  Casket, according to the Chambers Dictionary, means chest, case, box, coffer or jewel-box. It is a noun or a name that can be used to call each of these things. But more than often, in today's world, a casket means a box that is used for the burial of a deceased human. Caskets are generally of different types, namely cloth-cushioned, pure and solid wood, metal, keepsake boxes or urns .. (Death Dying)

Cremation Services - Traditions At Military Funerals

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 Mike Selvon (January 07, 2008)  Even if you've been to dozens of funerals before, military funerals of young servicemen killed in action are some of the most difficult. Not only are you mourning the loss of life, but you're also reflecting upon the notion that they sacrificed their lives for your freedom, and at such a young age. They gave up their family, their friends, their comfortable existence for a cause greater . (Death Dying)

The Christian Mass Funeral Planning Is Important

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 Mike Selvon (January 04, 2008)  Funeral planning is often difficult when your mind is swimming with so much grief and emotion. However, keeping busy is the best thing you can do. Taking a meaningful role in the funeral proceedings can be great consolation to remaining friends and family members, whether it's reading, reciting a memorial, leading the prayers, carrying the casket, bringing up gifts, planning the .. (Death Dying)

A How-To Guide For Personalizing Caskets

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 Anne Clarke (January 03, 2008)  Whether you have a funeral to plan, or if you have decided to purchase a burial casket for yourself, there are many different styles of caskets to choose from on the market today. Many people choose wood caskets, which can be as simple or as elaborate as you can afford or desire. These are options such as beautiful maple, oak, pecan, pine, mahogany, walnut, cherry, and poplar. With a .. (Death Dying)

Battle Beneath the Grave - Resting in Peace or War!

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 Basil C. Hill (December 31, 2007)  I accidentally discovered the “key" to understanding the roots of legal and social hassles over people supposedly “resting in peace. " People who die financially poor do not have relatives fighting over their legacies after they die. I made the amazing discovery, quite accidentally one day while doing hospital rounds. I noticed one patient in a community ward staring at the . (Death Dying)

Bravely Facing Death

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 Melvin Polatnick (December 30, 2007)  The belief that levitation is possible is held by only a certain type of person. I meet that type of person in all walks of life. What they all have in common is a self denial which is stronger than the facts of their experiences. They close their eyes to what they know to be true and dream about a heavenly paradise. The belief in levitation is only a symbol of a defiant mind that .. (Death Dying)

Think About Prearranging Your Funeral

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 Jeffrey Meier (December 27, 2007)  It is the one thing we don't want to think about and it is the one thing that is evitable, our funeral. No matter how healthy we are, someday we will die. It is a sad but truthful fact of life. Once we face it, the better our life can be and once we face it, we should also consider how nice it would be for our loved ones, if we begin planning for that day now, by planning some or all .. (Death Dying)

How to Write "Thank You" Notes For a Funeral

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 Lisa T (December 15, 2007)  Writing thank you notes can be difficult for many people, since it is something that is not usually done everyday. Most thank you notes are written to acknowledge a gift given for a happy occasions like weddings, baby showers, birthday parties and such, however when it comes to showing gratitude for sympathy sentiments, the right words may be hard to find. You may think, “This is . (Death Dying)

Headstone Inscriptions

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 Jj Smith (December 07, 2007)  Writing an inscription for a headstone is a very personal process allowing loved ones to share there memories with the world. The following information has been collated as a useful guide to those writing inscriptions. Although there are no specific rules inscriptions normally contain a minimum for name, date of birth and date of death. Many memorial and gravestone inscriptions follow . (Death Dying)

Poems and Verses For Scattering a Loved One at Sea

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 Mary Hickey (September 10, 2007)  As you fulfill your loved one's wishes to be cremated and scattered at sea, you may want to have close friends and family who are attending the scattering each read a poem or verse. Perhaps you may want to open the ceremony with something like, “The ceremony at sea for our beloved Mother is the perfect place for setting her free, we are comforted to know that she is finally home .. (Death Dying)




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