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Kauai Hospice Helps in Memorializing Lost Loved Ones

Coping with the death of a loved one can be painful and challenging especially during holiday season. Now in the hopes of providing support to those who have recently lost their loved ones, Kauai Hospice is offering a chance to memorialize their memories. This year, two trees of Remembrance evergreens were set up at Kukui Grove Center and The Shops at Kukuiula. People can purchase ornaments that they can either put on the trees or take home. According to the organizer, all the proceeds will be used to support the Kuaui Hospice. To learn more, visit thegardenisland.com.

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Free Grief Support During Holidays

Community Home Health & Hospice is offering free grief support to everyone in the community who has just lost their loved ones this holiday season. A nonprofit agency, Community aims to provide free resources that will help support not only bereaved adults but also children and teens. Since 1977, Community Home Health & Hospice has cared for local individuals by providing healthcare needs to Washington and Oregon families. In addition, the agency also supports independent living goals of both the patient and their loved ones. To learn more, click here.

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What Grieving Online Really Is

As online technologies continue to progress, people’s behavior about death takes a whole new space. Others call it the age of digital mourning. On Facebook, for instance, pages are memorialized wherein users can visit the memorial page of the deceased individual and leave RIP’s such offerings and birthday visits. Players as well of online multiplayer games can build tombstones for people who already passed away. These scenarios clearly explain how mourning and grief have moved into a digital space. Simply put, digital mourning has made social media a natural extension not only of daily life but also all its rituals. To learn more, click here.

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Compassionate Friends of Ottawa Help Grieving Parents

Last August 14, the Compassionate Friends of Ottawa hosted a “Walk to Remember” at the Lakeview Park. The event was designed to give grieving families the opportunity to celebrate the life of their child who died. The “Walk to Remember” event was a one-mile walk and was attended by parents who have lost their child. The funds that were raised through the walk went to outreach projects which included sending flowers to funerals of local children, maintain lending library of bereavement books and distributing monthly newsletters. To learn more, click here.

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Garden of Angels Help People Deal with Grief

The Garden of Angels is visited frequently not only by butterflies and honeybees but also by people who have just lost their loved ones and are trying to heal. The garden, which sits on quarter-acre of land next to Highway 33, is a mix of color. It includes not only different flowers but also a variety of small statues of angels. People who visit the place are welcome to pick the flowers and take them home. The creator of the Garden of Angels only asks for a donation if visitors can make one. To learn more, visit channel3000.com.

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Crowdfunding to Help Cover Funeral Costs

For many people, coming up with enough money to cover the funeral costs has been a big struggle. As a matter of fact, the financial burden has been particularly heavy on the indigenous community. Good thing the funeral crowdfunding has become more and more popular today. Organizations like Crombie Foundation help not only with the travel but also with other related costs for Indigenous families dealing with the death of a family member. To learn more, visit abc.net.au.

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Camp Hope Helps Children Cope with Loss of a Loved One

Camp Hope, which is sponsored by the Bereavement Department of Niagara Hospice, is a summer camp for children that will give them the opportunity to recognize their grief and learn positive ways on how to cope with such loss. According to camp coordinator Leann McConchie, the camp will include activities where children are encouraged to talk together about their losses, share their thoughts as well as feelings with other campers and professional counselors. It is intended to help children who experience major life change including death of a loved one and other tragedies. To learn more, visit buffalonews.com.

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Home Safety Tips for Seniors

Accidents are very common at home, especially for seniors who are left on their own. To help keep your senior loved ones safe, below are some home safety tips. –          Install lights in stairwells and in dark places. –          Keep those commonly used items between shoulder height and knee height. –          Go for couches in your living room that are firm and have armrests. –          Install grab bars in your bathroom. –          Have your vision checked and update all your medicines in your cabinet. For more tips, click here.

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Support Groups Widows Can Turn To

Losing a husband can be extremely devastating to a woman, and while concerned relatives and friends will surely be there for the earlier part of the experience, there’s a high chance that they will get over the event much sooner than the former does. Fortunately, widows now have various support circles to turn to, from local groups to online resources. Support groups, such as Soaring Spirits, GriefNet.org, Meetup.com and The Widdahood, may be lead by healthcare professionals, clergy and even other women who have gone through a similar experience. To know more, click here.

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Tea Party Held to Raise Awareness Among Young People

No one is immune to the grief that the passing of a loved one brings, and when tragedy strikes, children may be the most affected casualties as they may not know how to cope with such a painful loss. Fortunately, there are organizations out there, like Child Bereavement UK, whose goal is to help out youngsters get better at handling someone’s passing. They offer free bereavement support for kids and young people aged up to 25 years of age. Just recently, the charity held a Tea Party at Simms Cross Primary School on Kingsway aimed at helping young individuals tackle bereavement in a manner that’s fitting for their young age and raise funds for awareness. The event had a cake sale, disco, and even the special participation of Hetty the elephant, the organization’s mascot. “I think having the Elephant’s Tea Party

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