• How to Explain Death and Loss to Children

    Although tragic events are often challenging for adults to cope with, children can experience even more difficulty. Young children may not fully understand what has happened and older children may not have the emotional tools to experience their grief in a healthy manner. The most important step parents can take is to help their children feel safe and secure.

    Watch this video for more helpful advice on guiding children through difficult times. It recommends turning off the TV if the events depicted on the news are traumatic; young children may mistakenly believe that the tragedy continues to recur.

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  • How to Help Children Faced with Loss

    Loss can be a confusing and frightening thing for a child. While many parents wish to shield their child from loss, it is important to be open and honest about death. Trying to lighten the blow by telling a child that their loved one is “lost,” “sleeping,” or “has gone away” can incite fear rather than bringing comfort. Encourage your child to ask questions if he has them. Offer an ear and a shoulder as needed, and remember that grief is a process that affects everyone in a different way. Don’t be afraid to seek outside help if you feel that you cannot help your child to handle his loss on your own.

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  • Comforting a Friend Who Has Lost a Loved One

    If you have a friend who has lost a loved one, you may be unsure as to how to offer comfort. The grieving process cannot be shortened or circumvented, but providing support and comfort will let your friend know you care.

    This video explains that the best way to comfort a friend who has lost a loved one is to listen. Allow them to experience grief at their own pace, rather than trying to guide it or to “make things better.” Provide companionship by taking walks or spending time at home with your friend.

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  • Unique Ways to Memorialize a Loved One: Cremation Jewelry

    Cremation is an alternative to burial that uses heat to reduce your loved one’s body to its essential elements. These elements, or ashes, are returned to you so that you can memorialize your loved one in a way that fits with your family’s needs and desires. You can choose to place your loved one’s remains in an urn, scatter them in a special place, or even have these ashes incorporated into jewelry to keep their memory close to your heart.

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    What Is Cremation Jewelry?

    Cremation jewelry incorporates your loved one’s remains into a piece of dichroic glass. This glass is made into a pendant that can be worn or displayed as you wish for a unique and personalized way to keep your loved one’s memory close. The jewelry is completely customizable to suit your style and desires. The ashes of more than one loved one can be combined in a single piece, and many pendants can be made to share among your family.

    Why Choose Cremation Jewelry?

    The choice to create cremation jewelry is a personal one. There are many reasons you or a family member might wish to choose a pendant made from the remains of a loved one. Some people do not wish to keep ashes in an urn in the home, but feel as though they might lose their loved one if the ashes were scattered or buried. Cremation jewelry offers a subtle way to keep your loved one in your life after they have passed on. Opting to carry a loved one’s memory in a special pendant is also an ecologically responsible alternative to a traditional burial.

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