What is Shiva

What is Shiva

Shiva is the first structured period of mourning in the Judaism religion.  In Hebrew, the word ‘shiva’ means ‘seven’.  Therefore, shiva, in terms of Jewish mourning, is a seven-day mourning period observed by close family members of the...
End of Life Social Media Etiquette

End of Life Social Media Etiquette

Whether we like it or not, we live in the world of social media.  Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter have become major methods of communication across generations and cultures.  It is only natural, then, that social media is now involved in...
How to Support a Grieving Loved One

How to Support a Grieving Loved One

When someone we love is grieving it’s hard to know how to comfort them or what to say. Our hearts break as we watch them grieve and yet we’re often at a loss as to what we should do to provide comfort. We want to help but we’re scared we’ll say or do the wrong thing...
How to Select Pallbearers

How to Select Pallbearers

When planning a funeral, you will be faced with many decisions you need to make. One of those decisions revolves around deciding who will carry the casket if there is one.  If there is not a casket (i.e. the deceased has already been buried or cremated), you may want...
Is Entertainment Appropriate at a Funeral

Is Entertainment Appropriate at a Funeral

Including entertainment in some form is becoming more and more common as we move away from the traditional style of funerals.  Families are moving towards a memorial service or celebration of life, which tend to be more informal.  Today, many families decide to...
What are the Seven Stages of Grief

What are the Seven Stages of Grief

Grief, unfortunately, is an inevitable stage in everyone’s life.  It’s not easy and each person experiences grief in their own unique way.  The process varies for each individual.  However, most grief follows a typical 7-stage process.  Keep in mind that the...