Where are You Now? Three to Six Months After the Death of a Spouse

Posted on June 2, 2022 by Reynolds-Jonkhoff | Leave a comment
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Grief is individual. Everyone experiences the sorrow over the loss of a loved one in their own way and at their own pace. That said, there is enough common ground for scientists, behaviorists and psychologists to describe steps or stages of grief. These scales for grief are useful. They can be helpful to see your […]

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Get Your Family Involved in Funeral Planning

Posted on May 5, 2022 by Reynolds-Jonkhoff | Leave a comment
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When death is near or has just occurred, there are so many things to do and yet there is nothing you can do. You feel helpless. You can’t make the person well or bring them back.  But you know you will, very soon, need to make many decisions about the service, the final resting place, […]

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It’s a Funeral … Go Ahead and CRY

Posted on April 7, 2022 by Reynolds-Jonkhoff | Leave a comment
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Should Americans get more comfortable with tears? When it comes to funerals Americans can sometimes feel uncomfortable both shedding tears or observing their flow from a fellow mourner. Perhaps you have attended a funeral and noticed those who need to weep often leave the room? They retire to the restroom or go outside for a […]

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Too Little Too Late – A Memorial Gone Wrong

Posted on March 12, 2022 by Reynolds-Jonkhoff | Leave a comment
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Yesterday, Jane was on duty as a tour guide at a lovely little pre-revolutionary war church in rural Virginia. It was late in the afternoon when a youngish woman wearing shorts and a Cubs ball hat stepped into the visitor’s center looking lost. Thinking that she might need directions, Jane quietly approached to offer her […]

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Trouble Sleeping After A Loss

Posted on February 11, 2022 by Reynolds-Jonkhoff | Leave a comment
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“The darkest hour is just before dawn,” or “Things will look better in the morning,” both are old sayings that could be interpreted in different ways. One theory holds those sayings refer to “night dreads”. Night dreads are when sleep is interrupted abruptly with anxious feelings of dread. You wake after just a few hours […]

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