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Domestic violence has become a terrifying epidemic. Women are the usual victims of domestic violence although men can endure modicums of abuse by their partner as well.  I’m going to talk about women because of the atrociously high mortality rate. In fact over 4 million women just last year were killed as a result of […]

Since attending a funeral for the first time when I was thirteen, I have decided that funerals are morbid ritual to be practiced. While I have been argued with continually that funerals being for the living and not the deceased, I say “Why can’t the living respect the wishes of the deceased?” Sometimes this does […]

I work with death on one level or another every day. As a hospice RN I am often privileged to be at the bedside of those who die and I generally remain for some time with the family members following the death. As a priest, I have officiated for many funerals and internments and as […]

One of the hardest cards to send has to be the sympathy card. Sympathy cards are sent during times of sorrow, tragedy, and loss. It is during these times that the right words seem to elude us or even escape us altogether. So what do we write in the sympathy cards that we send? Here […]

Anyone who has had a loved one pass away will know how distressing it is. With the grief you’re feeling it can be an unbearable time. You’re tired through lack of sleep and stress, you may be trying to comfort others, and you just feel like hiding away but you can’t. You feel at your […]

Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager, was shot in the face in 2012 by extremists for publicly declaring her intention to get an education. In June 2013 two more Pakistani teenaged girls were shot to death along with their mother for making a video of themselves dancing in the rain. In India in December 2012, a […]

Our understanding of domestic violence can only be complicated by the many myths surrounding these tragic events. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence outlines some of the domestic violence myths and it is important to understand the truth. Myth: Domestic violence only occurs in poor, uneducated and minority families. Truth: Studies conducted by the Centers […]

Despite the many advancements that have raised living standards in recent years, an increasing number of people are succumbing to anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. With each social and technological innovation that raises the importance of the individual and offers opportunities for amusement and success, there are people who suffer feelings of isolation, failure and inadequacy. Too […]

Is suicide ever justified? It depends who you ask and who you consider to be an authority. Most people appear to have the capacity to kill themselves. However, many of us are raised with strong directives not to take one’s life. These directives come from our parents, authority figures, religious training, public service announcements, or from […]

Rape is a crime of violence and opportunity. According to RAINN (Rape Abuse & Incest National Network), there are about 238,000 victims of sexual assault each year. About two-thirds of assaults are committed by someone that the victim knows. Both women and men can be victims of rape, but the crime is more likely to […]

Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenager, was shot in the face in 2012 by extremists for publicly declaring her intention to get an education. In June 2013 two more Pakistani teenaged girls were shot to death along with their mother for making a video of themselves dancing in the rain. In India in December 2012, a […]

There are a variety of questions that any person can have through their journey of grief. Depending on the person grieving and their state of being at the time, the relationship with whom they have lost, the cause of death, events leading to the death, and many other factors; there can be numerous questions and […]

Despite the many advancements that have raised living standards in recent years, an increasing number of people are succumbing to anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. With each social and technological innovation that raises the importance of the individual and offers opportunities for amusement and success, there are people who suffer feelings of isolation, failure and inadequacy. Too […]

There are benefits to bereavement counselling that may be crucial to the bereaved in helping them accept their loss and find closure. Counselling is the point of contact that helps them to overcome their emotional trauma and get the release or closure that they need to move on in life. Many people are devastated and […]

Every child deserves to be raised in a healthy environment, with parents that will be able to provide a safe shelter . No child deserves to be abused in any way, shape or form. Unfortunately, far too many children are abused in more ways than one on a daily basis. Especially sad is the fact […]

When someone enters the world of grief, their outlook becomes bleak and gray.  During this time, they may need some extra support that friends and family can’t give.  Depending on the relationship to the deceased, the grieving person may need someone who has lost someone with the same type of relationship.  Being able to express […]

People cope in different ways when a loved one dies. While most people will move through their grieving process without incident, others can experience severe grief and require treatment. The National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health notes that people’s different ways of grieving depend upon individual personalities, how close a relationship they had […]

Grieving, at its best, can be a very long and arduous process. There are a lot of emotions and thoughts to process. There are some that find comfort just talking among friends. There are those that seek counseling from religious advisers. Those who suffer from complicated grieving have to take more progressive actions. It is […]

If you know someone who is struggling through a period of emotional grief, or if you yourself are suffering from it, then you should try talking about it.  Talking is a great way for everyone to get over grief, and it helps in more ways than many people expect.  There are three main ways that […]

There are many myths affiliated with domestic violence, and these myths continue to grow due to a lack of understanding by society. A high majority of citizens today fail to see domestic violence as an important issue. One popular myth is that domestic violence only effects a slight percentage of people and that it is […]

Everyone experiences grief in their life at some point, and they cope with it differently. There really is not right or wrong way to cope with grief as long as you are not harming yourself and other people. Since no two people are exactly the same, no two people process grief in exactly the same […]

More and more people are choosing to be cremated after their death. Some cite the difference in price from a regular burial and others simply have no interest in a memorial service or space at the cemetery. For those who may have been disfigured in an accident or by an illness, cremation is often the […]

Grief is an inevitable emotion that everyone may experience sometime in life. This is commonly felt whenever a person loses someone or something emotionally attached to him or her. This is a natural unpleasant response of a human to a negative situation. This is also a process a human being has to undergo in order […]

Writing a message of condolence on a sympathy card can be a heartrending task. You might ponder longer, with pen poised over paper, than with any other type of correspondence. It is not easy to know what to say, even when you are motivated with heartfelt thoughts of love accompanied by the desire to offer sincere words […]

When a loved one dies,  there will naturally be a period of grieving for their loss. However, the grief experienced following the suicide of a close family member or friend is something even more intense. Not only is there the sense of loss, there’s the shock of realising that, for that person, life was so […]

How to Plan for a Funeral Many people suggest that you should plan for your funeral or your loved one’s funeral as soon as possible. Life insurance can come pretty handy when it comes to this. Unfortunately, many Americans can’t afford funeral costs especially if it costs thousands of dollars. As a result, these families […]

When a parent is sent to prison, it leaves children with a ton of unanswered questions. This burden is put sometimes on the other parent, grandparents, other relatives, and sometimes even foster parents depending on the circumstances of the situation. Depending on the child’s age, it may be easier for some than for others to […]

People are never intentionally thoughtless, though thoughtlessness comes into play when a loss occurs simply because they are stumped for what to say. It’s difficult to approach someone who has lost someone near and dear to them, though many do, and make the mistake of believing their words to be of comfort, when in fact […]

When you lose a friend or a loved one, you don’t always have the frame of mind to say the words that you want to say, nor write a poem in time for the funeral service. There are a variety of poems that you can use, and which are well established for this use. That […]