STEP TWO When Someone You Love Dies

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Who do you call? What do you need to do? This section will try to answer all your questions at this stressful and often, confusing time. It's the place to come to when you need somewhere to turn and someone to provide you the answers.

Unex_Death Sometimes death comes without warning. The most common causes are heart attacks, and accidents. But sometimes, people just die without warning—in their sleep. We are going about our lives and suddenly, with the unexpected loss of a loved one, everything has changed for us. Our first reactions may be a mix of shock, anger, fear, sadness, confusion, and disbelief. As the reality of the situation sinks in, we wonder what to do next. Here is a step by step guide to follow during those first difficult hours.

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3mythsthumb Because death and end of life have traditionally been difficult subjects for us to talk about, there are many misconceptions that add stress as families plan funerals and end of life services. Here are some of the most common.

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One of the greatest causes of stress around planning and arranging a funeral—especially an unexpected one, is that you have to do it in a very short time. Trying to plan a funeral in just a couple of days can be extremely stressful, and frustrating. But the reality is that you have more time than you may think.

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funeral-etiquitte-thumb Many of us feel uncomfortable about attending visitations and funeral services because we just don’t know what to say to the bereaved. We want to comfort the family, to offer our help, to show our support, but we are afraid of saying the wrong thing, and afraid of saying nothing at all.

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helping-children-cope-thumb For a child, experiencing a death can be even more devastating than for an adult. Therefore, it is essential that children be guided carefully and thoughtfully through their experiences with death and funerals.

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I'll Remember You

Why do people carve their initials in trees? Or place their hands in cement? They want to leave their mark, and to be remembered. But the real marks they leave are the ones they've made on us. A hug. A smile. A kind word. We want to remember them. This touching video helps families see how remembering can help them deal with loss.

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Inspirational Quotations

“A smile of encouragement at the right moment may act like sunlight on a closed-up flower; it may be the turning point for a struggling life.”  -Unknown

“Cry out for insight and understanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure.”  -Proverbs 2:3-4

Remembrance Process in the News

What To Do When Someone Dies Suddenly

Sometimes death comes without warning. Here is a step by step guide to follow during those first difficult hours.
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