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.
Sagittarius November 22- December 21
Sagittarius is the ninth sign of the Zodiac and is the most independent and confident. Sagittarius are also very deeply rooted in their spiritual beliefs. Their beliefs make them feel as if they know the answers to life’s questions. Trust is very important to the Sagittarius. The more information and insight they have the more confidently they are able to maneuver through life’s highs and lows.
Sagittarius are the researchers and seek to do things by rules and the book. Unfortunately; grief does not play by the rules nor is there a book that can tell the Sagittarius how to experience grief. Because of this the Sagittarius feels the least confident and capable when they are grieving.
Grief challenges the Sagittarius belief. It forces them to realize that they can’t possibly know all of the answers and dispels the myth that life is fair if you do the right thing. Sagittarius interpret their lack of understanding and inability to gain the blueprint for “feeling better” or “making things right” as personal failure. This makes them prone to much guilt and depression.
The best way to support a Sagittarius who is grieving is to give them as much information as you can without overwhelming them. Articles, excepts and hard statistical data are important and will give the Sagittarius comfort. Avoid asking open ended questions that the Sagittarius can’t answer but encourage them to challenge their perspective own their own.
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