Good Grief - Our Blog

Turkey dinners, cranberries, candied yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and family gatherings - Thanksgiving Day!  We understand that the holidays can be a time of happiness and joy for people but are often difficult for ayone who has experienced the death of someone that you have loved.  Holidays can bring feelings of sadness, loss and emptiness.  Since love does not end with death, holidays can bring a renewed sense of grief - the sounds, sights and smells bring memories of those...

A gentlemen recently stopped by our office to make his pre-need arrangements.  We enjoyed his visit and he shared this poem with us.  His information said the poem was written by Cardinal Cushing - we did a little internet research.  The internet says that the poem was written around 1953 by Constance O Neon.  Anyway, whoever wrote it -  we thought we would share this poem which preaches the practical benefit of positive thinking as we grow old!   And when you are ready, stop by our office...

There’s no easy way to say it, facing the end of life can be really hard. It’s a difficult transition for everybody. The whole purpose of end of life coaching is to make sure that this sacred transition is done with peace and love for everyone, including those left behind. This is about leaving no unfinished business.  Sure, when someone dies they no longer have to deal with the details. However, others do. Here’s something that will make things a lot clearer. 

Aging with Dignity has...

September 2016 is also known as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month which helps promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide prevention, how you can help others and how to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm.

Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people and is often the result of mental health conditions that effect people when they are most...

You downloaded Pokémon Go and you’re ready to “catch ‘em all”. The question is- where are the best spots to find unique Pokémon and battle other trainers?

There are plenty of prime game spots in major downtown areas that are filled with landmarks. But many of these spots can be busy and crowded, and the competition can be stiff. On the other hand, you’ll be surprised to see that your local cemetery has plenty of Pokéstops and gyms for you to explore.  There are 17 cemeteries in Colma...

Is there a more painful experience than losing a child? Parents who've lived this heartbreak know the answer to that question. In honor of Bereaved Parents Awareness Month, we offer you some support and guidance to those who've lost a child, with resources that help parents face the grief of this unique hurt with heart and hope.

4 Steps for Handling the Heartbreak of a Child's Death

Find help; wait for healing. When a child dies, usually both a mother and a...

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It happened more than 40 years ago in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, a small city near the center of Westmoreland County and about 25 miles east of Pittsburgh. 14-year-old Joe Stinson and his two buddies from junior high school, left school at 1 p.m. to go up to the Catholic church for their weekly instruction. "I was running a little ahead of them and we had to cross the four big tracks that went through town," Stinson said. His friends decided they were going to play hooky but Joe couldn't and...

For 75 years, Colma, Calif., has been steadily collecting bodies and it's constantly getting deader. As of 2009, the city had 1,500 living residents and 1.5 million marked graves. Seventy-three percent of Colma's land belongs to the dead with the rest occupied by people who have a great sense of humor. The town's motto: "It's Great To Be Alive In Colma."  Colma Cremation & Funeral Services is fortunate to be located in this beautiful historic city right in the middle of the cemeteries.  ...

We rightly wish each other "happy New Year," but we also know that a new year does not start happily for everyone. Our lives lie between sorrow and joy, as Zora Neale Hurston eloquently wrote, "I have been in Sorrow's kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and a sword in my hands." Perhaps you find yourself now "in Sorrow's kitchen." Or perhaps you work with those who are grieving, or someone close to you has experienced...