Spring Self-Care for the Grieving

You’ve probably heard the term “Self-Care” a lot lately. While we might say it’s a trend, we hope it’s a concept that’s here to say. While everyone can benefit from practicing self-care, it seems to be particularly important for those grieving the loss of a loved one. When someone you cared about passes away life…

Spring Cleaning In Mourning

Spring is considered a season of renewal, which is probably where the concept of spring cleaning came from. We’re told to purge our closets, shake the cobwebs out and start over. That said, if you’ve recently lost a loved one whom you shared a home with – a partner, child, roommate, or relative – it’s…

The first 5 Things to Do when a Death has Occured

Whether expected or sudden, when someone close to you dies it can be extremely upsetting. Often in the moments after are a blur, as emotions run high – which can be paralyzing. This is why it’s important to know what to do immediately after the death has occurred. Have the death pronounced If your loved…

Talking About Your Wishes with Your Family

As you reach retirement, there are a lot of decisions to be made. Where will you live? How will you budget your savings? And so on. One decision you might be avoiding is what happens to you when you die. It’s an unpleasant thought, of course, but it’s a very important one. In addition to…

New Year’s Resolutions for the Bereaved

If you lost someone close to you this year – be it a friend, family member, colleague, or classmate – you are probably entering 2018 with a very different mind set. New Year’s Resolutions might seem silly or trivial, and life feels unpredictable. While it may not work for everyone, some find planning and working…

Experience the Joy of the Season

One thing we must all remember this holiday season is that we must treat every day like a gift. Be kind, grateful, and spend time with loved ones. The holiday season is also a great time to participate in community events. So, whether you’re catching a performance of A Christmas Carol at The Flato Markam…

First Christmas Without Your Loved One

As we wrote in our previous post, losing a loved one is never easy – and the holiday season can amplify those emotions. While skipping the month of December might sound tempting, avoidance is not that answer. There things you can do to make it easier. Accept one invitationĀ  While saying no to every invitation…

Coping During the Holidays: Charitable Giving

If you’ve lost a loved one this year – especially so close to the holidays – it can be tough. As much as you wish for the return to normalcy, there will always be something missing. While you may not be able to fill the void, there are ways you can honour your departed loved…

Day of the Dead

While we see our neighbours and friends getting ready for Halloween with spooky ghosts and pumpkins on their porches, we forget the origins of this now mostly secular holiday. While today we celebrate October 31st by dressing up in costumes, trick-or-treating, attending parties, carving pumpkins, and watching scary movies, but it wasn’t always like that….

Giving Thanks

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are reminded of the many things we are thankful for this year. Many of us will share a splendid feast with loved ones this coming weekend – where we will laugh, share stories, and recall fond memories. For those who lost a loved one this past year, you might be noticing…

Why You Need an Updated Will

Just as you can pre-plan your funeral, you can pre-plan what happens to your estate after you die. That is the purpose of a will. Without a will your loved ones may not receive what you would have liked them to. It can also take a long time for the estate to be settled. You…

Do You Remember Where You Were?

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana. Even though it’s been so long, that day remains fresh in a lot of people’s memories. Many of us can recall where were were, and who we were with when we heard the news. The same goes for other significant deaths of public figures…