Funeral & Cremation Care
Grief is not an illness, but rather a natural and necessary journey that follows the death of someone we love. As such, it deserves our attention and respect, as well as the support of others, if we are to heal.
If someone you love has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death and the person who died. It is an essential part of healing.
Express your grief openly. By sharing your grief outside yourself, healing occurs. Ignoring your grief won't make it go away; talking about it often makes you feel better. Find caring friends and relatives who will listen without judging. Avoid people who are critical or who try to steal your grief from you. You have a right to express your grief; no one has the right to take it away. You are beginning a journey that is often frightening, painful, overwhelming and sometimes lonely.
If a friend has experienced the death of someone loved. How can you help? To begin with, you can be an active listener. Your physical presence and desire to listen without judging are your critical helping tools. Don't worry so much about what you will say. Just concentrate on listening to the words being shared with you.
You should strive to be compassionate. Give your friend permission to express his or her feelings without fear of criticism. Allow him or her to experience all the hurt, sorrow and pain that he or she is feeling at the time. Enter into your friend's feelings, but never try to take them away.
Funeral & Cremation Care Locations
Bellevue Branch, 1400 112th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98004
Simple Cremation of Washington & Oregon Locations
Simple Cremation of Portland, 650 NE Holladay St., Ste 1600, Portland, OR 97232
Simple Cremation of Spokane, 1312 N. Monroe St., Spokane, WA 99201
Simple Cremation of Seattle Tacoma, 2101 Pacific Ave #600, Tacoma, WA 98402
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Books for Children (to read to or with them)
General Grief Resources
Badger’s Parting Gifts
Where is Grandpa?
Where is Heaven? Lifetimes –The beautiful way to explain death to young children
Books for Parents, Grandparents, and Teachers: Helping Children and Teens to Cope with Loss and Grief:
Death of a Spouse
Talking About Death –A dialog between parent and child –A dialog between parent and child
Guiding Your Child Through Grief
For Those Who Live –Helping children cope with the death of a brother or sister
Death of a Child
When a Friend Dies –A book for teens about grieving and healing
Books on Death and Dying
To Live Until We Say Goodbye
Grief Books and Resources