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Expert help and advice on hundreds of grief and funeral topics.

If you have lost a loved one or are thinking about your own end of life plan, Your Tribute’s grief and funeral resources can help you through this difficult process. Browse more than 300 funeral and grief articles, templates and help guides written by licensed funeral directors, grief counselors and other funeral and grief experts. Or, read our blogs for funeral and grief help and advice from our contributing authors.

Funeral Resources

Your Tribute’s funeral resources can walk you through end of life planning, teach you how to arrange a loved one’s funeral, or provide you with information on attending the funeral of a friend or relative. The resources include funeral information on publishing obituaries, composing sympathy messages, writing condolences and funeral eulogies. We also provide help with choosing funeral songs, funeral poems, funeral readings and memorial quotes to use in a speech or on a memorial. Or, learn about purchasing funeral products, including cremation urns, memorial monuments, as well as creating memorial websites and online obituaries.

Funeral resources can prove helpful when making plans for a memorial service and other aspects of end-of-life planning. There are a lot of important items to consider when arranging a funeral for yourself, or a loved one. A great deal of care should go into choosing what memorial services will be performed. From deciding on burial or cremation, whether you want an informal wake or large funeral, there is a lot to consider when planning a funeral.

If you are attending the funeral of a relative, friend or coworker, Your Tribute’s funeral resources can help you learn about funeral etiquette, how to offer condolences andgiving sympathy gifts. While here we recommend reading a few of our funeral planning articles and begin to think about your, and your families, end of life plan.

Grief Resources

Your Tribute’s grief resources can help you through your grief recovery, teach you about bereavement and provide you with information on helping a friend or family member with their grief. The resources include articles on death and dying, the grief process, and the steps towards grief recovery. We also provide articles on how to handle grief during holidays and special days, how to speak to children and teens about death, and how faith and spirituality relate to grief. Or, read articles related to a specific loss including pregnancy loss, death of a child, death of a parent, death of a sibling, death of a spouse, suicide loss, and other losses.

The loss of a loved one can affect our lives in many ways. Coping with the grief of losing a significant person in our life is difficult. Everyone grieves differently, but no matter how you deal with grief, it is important to have a good grief support system. Friends, family, books, online resource and trained professionals can all assist with grief recovery. Grief support is critical and it helps to have as many grief resources as possible to assist you in the process.

Reading articles about grief and loss, and working through the process on your own, may not be enough to help you cope with the pain you are feeling. If you would like to speak to someone about your grief, we recommend that you contact a grief counselor. Counselors are available to speak to you online, by telephone, or in-person.

10 Initial Tasks to Do After Someone Dies No Comments

When a loved one dies, you may find yourself with the responsibility of taking care of their estate. The days following the death of your loved one will be busy. It is natural to feel overwhelmed by the process of putting your loved one’s affairs in order. Typically, the following list will need to be completed within a week of your loved one’s death. You will need to obtain an original copy…

Documents Needed After a Loved One Passes No Comments

When a loved one passes, you may find yourself tasked with the duty of gathering all of the decedent’s important documents. These papers will give the family and the estate attorney the information that is necessary to put the decedent’s final affairs in order. If probate or trust settlement occurs, these documents will be required. Typically, copies of the documents…

How to Administer and Distribute an Estate No Comments

Your loved one has passed away and you have been named as an executor or administrator. Do you know your responsibilities? In general, you are responsible for ensuring that the debts and assets of the estate are distributed and managed. To do this, you will look to your loved one’s Last Will and Testament as well as local, state and federal laws…

Tax and Insurance Considerations After a Death No Comments

When you are tasked with settling someone else’s estate, you are in for a world of paperwork and bureaucracy. It should not be this way after death, and you should not have to handle such mundane tasks while you are grieving, but it is a matter of legalities. When you know the steps to follow, the process of settling someone’s estate because much less overwhelming…

Grief Triggers: Coping with Reminders After a Loss No Comments

It’s not uncommon for people to have bad days interspersed by good ones after a loss. Eventually, the scales tip and the good days outweigh the bad. There will come a time when you think that you have gotten over your loss, only to find that you are sitting on the couch crying like the loss occurred yesterday. Grief triggering is a term that describes the action of hearing a song…

Moving Forward After a Death No Comments

When you experience the death of a loved one, you feel as though a part of you is gone as well. You feel bereft and alone straight to your core. Trying to move on from such a staggering loss is never easy. The rate at which you are able to move on will differ from the length of time it takes another friend or family member. When you allow yourself to grieve in stages…

How to Choose a Grief Support Group No Comments

When you lose someone or something that you love, grief is the most natural response. Sharing your experiences, thoughts and feelings with a group of people who have also experienced a loss can be cathartic. There are a variety of grief support groups available to you; choosing the right one will make all the difference. Grief support can play a vital role in the mental health…

How Grief Counseling and Therapy Can Help the Bereaved No Comments

When you lose a loved one, be it friend, family member or pet, you move through stages of grief. Many people choose to deal with the process on their own, not completely understanding the stages that they are going through. This can lead to feelings of sadness, depression and even anger at a level greater than which would normally be felt. For others, dealing with grief…

How to Offer Grief Support Based on Age Group No Comments

Everyone grieves differently. People move through the stages of grief at their own pace. This is especially true among the different age groups. While adults and the elderly may have coping mechanisms in place, toddlers, children and teens do not have the same life experiences. When you have lost a loved one, you may have immediate family members surrounding…

The Five (or Seven) Stages of Grief No Comments

Many people refer to the five stages of grief. If you have lost someone or know someone who has, you will come across many articles about moving through these stages. What you do not often see is the seven stages of grief model. This model closely follows the five stages model, with two additional platforms: pain/guilt and the upward turn. In essence, these emotions or stages…