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Pass It On


By Sarah Gill-Northcutt It had been a year since my 18 month-old granddaughter Katie died of a birth defect, and I could still feel the grief.  “Maybe putting up Christmas decorations will make you feel better,” my husband said, handing me the box where we kept the ornament. “Christmas won’t be the same without Katie,” I […]

Kim’s Promising Box


Editor’s Note: One of the most caring things you can do is to prepare meals when a friend has an extended illness. We’ve always thought the website Take Them a Meal is a brilliant way to coordinate that act of caring with friends from across your community. We found the story below on the Take […]

Shared Memories

Christmas is an especially difficult holiday when there is an empty chair at the table following the death of a loved one.  The first Christmas after my lovely mother died we felt a deep sadness seeing that empty chair. Instead of jumping right into the festivities and ignoring that a special person was not present, […]

I Remember


When there is a death in a family, Christmas can be so painful because everyone else seems so happy.  One mother told me, “Watching their joy is bad enough, but the real pain is when our child’s name is not even mentioned; when no one recalls Christmases past, when my son was there with them, […]

What should you say on the anniversary date of a loved one’s death?


The fact that you are asking the question is so wonderful. The people who are grieving will be so pleased and touched in their hearts that someone else remembers their ongoing grief and the one who has died.

Now, back to your question: What should one say on the anniversary date of a loved one’s death?

Funeral Home Etiquette


I became very agitated as I stood in line at a funeral home visitation.  I could not believe it!  The person at the front of the line occupied the bereaved woman’s attention for 30 minutes—or maybe it was only 5 minutes, but it seemed like 30! The man must have told her all his life’s […]

One Hour to Live


Author Stephen Levine asks the question, “If you had an hour to live and could make only one phone call—who would you call, what would you say, and why are you waiting?” Stephen continues, “Who knows what we are waiting for? Perhaps we want to believe we will live forever, or that “someday” we will get around to telling the people we love, just how much we love them. Whatever the reasons, most of us simply wait too long. “