LegacyConnect's Blog – April 2012 Archive (7)

The pain of losing a pet

Girl with her cat (Flickr Creative Commons/Roy Montgomery) For many of us, our circle of loved ones is not limited to humans. Often, we love our cats, dogs or rabbits as intensely as we do our dearest human companions. Our beloved animals are fast friends, part of the family. When my four-year-old tallies who's in our family, her list always includes 4 girls and 2 boys. That two of the girls use the litter box rather than the potty is…


Added by LegacyConnect on April 23, 2012 at 4:00pm — 6 Comments

Living green, dying green

Green living doesn't have to end with death. For the eco-conscious, there are an increasing number of options that allow you to continue helping the environment from beyond the grave. As Earth Day 2012 approaches on April 22, we look at a few of the trends in green burial and funerals. 

PBS Newshour recently looked at the documentary "Dying Green" and…


Added by LegacyConnect on April 20, 2012 at 2:00pm — 5 Comments

Virginia Tech tragedy, five years later

It seems like just yesterday that we heard the news of a terrible mass shooting at Virginia Tech. The recent, unrelated shooting of a security officer on campus served as yet another reminder of the earlier shootings. The tragedy remains fresh in our minds. 

Incredibly, it's been five years. On this anniversary, …


Added by LegacyConnect on April 16, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Grief at the Holidays

Living without a loved one can be heartbreaking any day of the year. But this is especially true on special occasions and holidays. When the ones we love are no longer with us, we may not feel much like celebrating. 

"We [grieve] for our beloved dead every single day," Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, board certified in bereavement trauma told…


Added by LegacyConnect on April 10, 2012 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

Funeral home bridges the racial divide

In some ways, society has become a lot more integrated over the past few decades, with blacks and whites, Asians and Latinos, Jews and Muslims mingling more in school, at work, and in social settings. But when it comes to death, we tend to remain segregated, according to an article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The way it plays out, white…


Added by LegacyConnect on April 9, 2012 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

When does grief become depression?

Grieving the death of a loved one and feeling depressed would seem to go hand in hand. Thus, the American Psychiatric Association has long warned against diagnosing depression in those who are recently bereaved. In fact, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders lists grief as an exception to the diagnosis of clinical depression. Now the APA is considering eliminating that exception. If they do,…


Added by LegacyConnect on April 5, 2012 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Grief takes time

Lately, we've come across a lot of interesting and helpful articles on grief, and we wanted to share a few of them with you.


Grief Is Good

An article in the Utne Reader highlights reasons why grief is good. Funeral and mourning rituals are becoming more abbreviated, and the focus is…


Added by LegacyConnect on April 3, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

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