Throughout our journey we have been living life in “bubbles". These “bubbles “happened without us even realizing, but they soon became the norm and part of our everyday life. The first unexpected bubble was the “hospital bubble". Little did we know what was facing us as a family on the day our Dad was rushed and admitted to hospital on 5th September 2016.
As bad as our Dad was when he was found at home, as he had regained consciousness before getting into the ambulance, and because once we arrived, despite the pain he said he was experiencing he was as normal as could be considering the circumstances, we were not prepared for what was to come. He was talking, responding normally, telling us stories. He was hungry, so we had gone to get him something to eat. So as far as we were aware, things were OK as could be.
That all changed in what felt like the blink of an eye. Our Dad needed various tests done. We were told he would be admitted to a short stay ward after this and we would be able to visit him there. (He had been in the A&E upon his admission). Once we went to see our Dad on the short stay ward EVERYTHING had changed. Our Dad was not the same person and we could not work out why, and what could have caused this drastic change in such a short space of time.
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We are Tara and Tanya Greene, founders of Grief Probate Journey. We are sharing our story along our journey of Grief, the Probate Process and feelings emotions we are dealing with since our Dad passed away in 2017. Our Dad was hospitalized in September 2016, sadly passing away in March 2017. Since 2016 to this very day it has been a continuous learning experience. We wanted to find a way to share our story in the hope of helping people who might be going through something similar or might know of someone going through something similar.
When someone passes away there are so many details and decisions that must be made in a very short period of time. In this video, I share 4 things you should NEVER do when someone dies.
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Father’s Day is a beautiful day of celebration for most fathers. However, many times we tend to overlook fathers who have lost their children. These fathers are not only forgotten on special occasions but also many in conversations about grief. In order to pay honor to and give special recognize, I have compiled the following list of 5 phrases of love you can use instead of Happy Father’s Day to celebrate a Dad who has lost a child.
1. I am thinking of you this Father’s Day.
2. You are not forgotten this weekend.
3. In honor of (insert deceased child’s name) we continue to celebrate you.
4. I am here to listen in case your need a break from this weekend’s festivities.
5. You give your all and have inspired me to be the best person I can be every day. I want to take the time to say thank you.
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Pisces February 21- March 19
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Pisces is the twelfth and final sign of the zodiac sign. This makes the Pisces and a unique sometimes confusing creature to interpret especially when grieving. Pisces are extremely spiritual and are the most intuitive of all the signs. Because of their dreamy and mystical nature, Pisces are the most prone to have supernatural or paranormal experiences when someone passes away. Because of their intuitiveness, Pisces may even sense death and loss before it occurs.
Pisces are the feelers of the Zodiac. They feel EVERYTHING deeply. Pisces are also very emphatic and can and will absorb the emotions of grief and sadness from those who are sharing in loss. They will do their best to take care of and try and make others feel better in any way that they can often forgetting to care for themselves. This leads to feelings of overwhelmed and forgotten. Pisces encompass all of the positive and negative attributes of all the signs, and exert so much energy caring for others. Pisces are often misunderstood as moody. This is not the case. They instead are trying to process all of the energy and feelings that belong to themselves and others.
The best way to support a Pisces who is grieving is to nurture and let nurture. Pisces desire, respond well to and welcome physical touch and words of affirmation. Encouraging and reminding Pisces to engage in self care will be well received. Because of their mystical nature material gifts do not mean as much as shared experiences and one on one connection. Calling to check in and spending quality time with a grieving Pisces offers healing and will be GREATLY appreciated.
Aquarius January 21- February 20
Aquarius, the eleventh sign of the zodiac is an air sign. Because of their selective nature in connecting with others and need for deep and intellectual conversation, Aquarius are less likely to openly discuss their feelings when experiencing a loss.
Aquarius are extremely free spirited. In most cases this will lead them to seek unconventional outlets for expressing their grief. Aquarians are also very independent. This independence leads others to interpret their sovereignty as distance, unmoved, and unaffected by loss. This could not be further from the truth. Aquarius feel VERY deeply and unlike the other signs will process their feelings own their own as opposed to seeking comfort from others. Instead, Aquarius many seek to make major or minor changes of some sort in their personal lives.
The best way to support an Aquarius who is grieving is to give them their space. When they are ready, they will come to you. Aquarius must feel strongly connected to you in order to open themselves up and express their true thoughts and feelings. DO NOT try and force this connection. Instead, simply express your thoughts in a non-invasive way. YOU CANNOT FORCE CONVERSATION WITH AN AQUARIUS. When and only when they are ready will they talk. Give them space, give them time and let them take the lead.
Capricorn December 22- January 19
Capricorn is the 10th sign of the zodiac. Capricorns are the most dedicated, intelligent and, hardworking of the signs. Capricorns achieve and excel at whatever they put their minds to. Capricorns invest their all into everything that they do. They are the most personable and work very hard at making others happy.
When the Capricorn experiences grief it is a very internally painful experience for them. Capricorns have a deep understanding of life and death. Though they have this understanding, Capricorns feel extremely defeated and hopeless when relationships of all kinds come to an end (work, personal, romantic, etc.). Their pride and sensitivity cause Capricorn to retreat into their grief and reach for the familiar pressure to fix everything for everyone else.
The best way to support a Capricorn who is experiencing grief is to allow them to express themselves once they open up to you. Listen attentively and don’t try to force them to expose their feelings, this will only make them go deeper into themselves and possibly break communication all together. Do what you can do show Capricorns the love that they show others. Reciprocity is key with Capricorns.
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