Why More Families are Choosing to Prearrange Than Ever Before The “New Normal.” This sure is a phrase that we have all heard a lot of lately. Reality seems to look different nearly every day, and changes are just a part of life. When things are uncertain, we inherently do what we can to prepare [...]
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Preparing the Gardens for Fall and Winter We are very busy at St. Charles Memorial Gardens preparing the gardens for the winter. There is a lot we do now to set the cemetery up for success through the winter and into the spring. We will be placing green flags in the cemetery. These are [...]
Creating Community During a Time of Mourning: You Are Not Alone 2020 has been a difficult and unique year for everyone, but if you are someone that has encountered a loss during this unprecedented time, it may seem that the upcoming holidays will be too much to bear. Dealing with toxic relatives, a busier schedule [...]
Helping Yourself Heal During the Holiday Season by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. Holidays are often difficult for anyone who has experienced the death of someone loved. Rather than being times of family togetherness, sharing and thanksgiving, holidays can bring feelings of sadness, loss and emptiness. Love Does Not End With Death Since love does not [...]
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COVID-19, Grief Overload, and Secondary Trauma: Coping with Too Much Loss by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. For many funeral directors, COVID-19 has been a nonstop wrecking ball. It has swung back and forth across the globe, decimating families and communities. And who’s there in the midst of the ongoing crisis, providing care to the [...]
A Message from USN Submariner, Colby Hitchcock, Director of Baue Funeral Service Operations Spring is here and the weather is warming up. May is a time of year when we typically gather to remember our veterans on Memorial Day. This year will be different in many ways. We are in the midst of a pandemic [...]
Ten Freedoms for Using Ceremony During the COVID-19 Pandemic by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. If someone you love has died during the novel coronavirus pandemic, you have come to grief in an exceptionally challenging moment in history. You may have been separated from your loved one as they were dying. You may have been unable [...]
Condolences in the Time of COVID-19 Guidance for Conveying Your Love and Support by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. When someone dies—of COVID-19 or any cause—during this pandemic, their loved ones are being left to grieve in especially harrowing circumstances. They may not have been able to be by the dying person’s side in the hospital [...]
Caring for Caregivers During Crisis by Kristen Ernst, LPC, Director of Grief Services Self-care has become a buzzword among the helping profession for quite some time. People are almost shamed into doing it. Many times, we are told, “It should be a part of your everyday routine, and without it, you cannot care for others [...]
How to Talk to Children About the Coronavirus Pandemic by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D. As the coronavirus spreads across North America and our daily lives are transformed, we all must be aware of the need for good mental-health care. Obviously, it’s a stressful time. Families are confined to their homes. School is canceled. Many businesses [...]
Kristen Ernst is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. With all the recent news and chaos, it seems appropriate to address how this social distancing can affect your grief. When you are grieving a lost loved one, isolation and depression are a direct correlation of sorrow. As a grief counselor, I usually implore those [...]