Dealing with the Loss of a Spouse

There is a scene in the movie The Notebook where an old, married couple – played by James Garner and Gena Rowlands – die at nearly the same time. Thus, both are spared the pain and anguish that comes with surviving a spouse that has passed away. Unfortunately, this is...

How to Deal with the Loss of a Pet

“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened” ~ Anatole France They give us unconditional love. They are our friends, confidantes, companions, etc. They are often there for us when our human contacts fail or abandon us. So it is no wonder...

5 Funeral Planning Tips

No one likes to think about let alone plan for the inevitable – death. However, at some point all of us will have to plan a funeral either for a loved one. The important thing to remember is that planning ahead saves stress, anxiety and yes even money when the...

The Symbolism of Trees

“To dwellers in a wood, almost every species of tree has its voice as well as its feature.” ~ Thomas Hardy, Under the Greenwood Tree To most people a tree, is a tree. Sure they provide shade, are lovely to look at, provide a home for many animals and bear fruit for us...

Tips for Writing a Eulogy

Writing and delivering a eulogy is possibly one of the most daunting public speaking occasions a person will ever face. This is why people who are asked to deliver a eulogy often feel both honored and apprehensive about the feat that lies ahead of them. How do you...

5 Ways to Help Loved Ones Handle Grief

One of the life’s greatest challenges comes in knowing how to comfort someone who is grieving due to the death of a loved one. It is challenging because most people are at a loss for words or actions as to what to say or do to console the person who is grieving....

The Meaning of a Birthday

Since we have an important Birthday coming up this Christmas…. did you know that your Birth is reflected by a particular type of Tree! So if your Birthday is February 16, you are a Cedar Tree and there are certain characteristics that make up you and that Cedar...