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An exclusive group of experts on end-of-life brought together by Your Tribute to share their knowledge in online discussions and articles on important topics. These experts blog about their expertise related to caring for an elderly person, funeral planning, the loss of a loved one, bereavement, and more. Our experts are currently, or previously, employed as grief counselors, funeral directors, doctors, caregivers, or in another grief or funeral profession. Many of our experts have experienced a loss and write or speak on the subject.

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Anticipatory Grief: What is it? No Comments

This winter I took my annual winter vacation. I actually began to plan this vacation last summer. It seemed odd planning a winter vacation while I was still basking in the sun and heat, but in anticipation of how much I dislike winter, I made my reservation and mailed a deposit for my accommodation. I booked my flight. It was still a long time before departure day, but I began to think about the places…

Better than Chicken Pie (how to help a grieving friend) No Comments

If you’re like me, it’s hard to know exactly what to do when a friend is grieving deeply. I’ve tried sending flowers, even an occasional chicken pie. Is it “starve a fever, feed a cold? or the other way around?” After a funeral, especially here in the South- the answer is to feed the family…whether they are hungry or not!Recently I’ve heard some creative ideas that will far outlast a chicken pie…

One Day at a Time No Comments

It is so easy to feel overwhelmed after the loss of a loved one. Routines have changed. Responsibilities have changed. Everything seems so different, and while it is true that nothing will ever be the same again, life does continue.Working through grief teaches us great lessons and broadens our vision as we discover not only that life does not end, love does not end either…

Grieving for a Spouse Who is Not Yet a Spouse No Comments

Recently my twenty-six-year-old niece Kate lost her fiancé in a car accident just two days before their wedding. In addition to her deep grief, Kate also had to face many issues because they were not yet married.First I believe she was robbed of memories. When I lost my husband, at least I had almost forty years of memories to help sustain me. Kate and her fiancé did not even have the chance…

What to Consider When Planning Your Own Funeral No Comments

Death is quite possibly one of the most difficult things any of us will ever have to face. Naturally, when the time comes for us, we want the process of funeral planning to be as easy as possible for our grieving loved ones. This is exactly why so many people are beginning to consider the benefits that come with planning their own funeral in advance. Deciding this is the right decision for you and your loved ones is one thing, but making sure all the bases are properly covered is another…

It’s OK to Remember No Comments

July 15, 1993 is the day that my mother, at the age of 35, unexpectedly took her last breath. She was the individual who tucked me into bed each night, made sure I was bathed and fed, and played with me. She was the woman who loved me unconditionally and who taught me how to pray. She was the person who held me for the first time and heard my first words. She was the person I trusted…

Absence of Touch No Comments

Six weeks after my father died, I lost my fifty-six-year-old husband very suddenly. My mother and I have often discussed how sad and strange it was to be widowed at about the same time. Because of factors like our ages, some issues we faced were obviously very different. But Mother and I also found many similarities in our journeys through grief…

Are the “What Ifs” Making You Crazy? No Comments

What’s the worst possible thing you can imagine happening? You probably don’t have to think very hard. Most of us have something in mind that would be the unimaginable, impossible-to-survive scenario. Is it: *a terrorist attack? *something catastrophic happening to someone you love? *an IRS audit? *a frightening medical diagnosis? *losing your iPhone?…

8 Alternatives to a Traditional Burial No Comments

When most of think about funerals, we think of traditional caskets, church and graveside services and a sprinkling of earth into an open grave. This, of course, is the traditional western funeral that we have either been too or seen countless times on TV and in movies. Whilst there is absolutely nothing wrong with this type of funeral, there are alternatives that may be considered slightly less rigid and even have a lighter more convivial feel. An End-of-life plan is something that is purely down to an individual and should be respected according the their beliefs, wishes and choice…

Grief Survivor 28 Steps Toward Hope and Healing (Featured Book) No Comments

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by grief? You’re not alone! This beautiful hardcover book, Grief Survivor will help you: write about your loved one, understand that you’re not losing your mind- you’re grieving!, know they will not be forgotten, begin to embrace life again after loss. Beth Marshall is the author of two grief-related journals- Grief Survivor, and A Time to Heal, a grief journal. After losing close family members, Marshall found comfort through saving photographs and writing…