The Outstretched Hand Publications

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Arranging a funeral

This booklet includes information on:

  • Being with someone who is dying
  • When death comes
  • Arranging a Funeral
  • Selecting a Funeral Director
  • The Role of the Funeral Director
  • How much should a funeral cost?
  • After the funeral

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Dealing with grief amidst the joy of the festive season

This leaflet includes:

  • Understanding your grief
  • Dealing with grief
  • Children and grief
  • Forever changed
  • To live with love is to live with loss

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Dying is a family affair

  • About Dying
  • Personal Needs
  • Emotions
  • Should the dying person be told?
  • Loss of Identity
  • Anticipatory Grief
  • What to say
  • A dying child
  • What is a Hospice / Palliative Care?

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Grief after suicide

  • Why Suicide?
  • Initial Shock – This isn’t happening!
  • Anger – Why am I so angry?
  • Guilt – If only I’d done something more.
  • Relief – I’m almost glad it’s over.
  • Stigma – What do I tell people?
  • Talking to Children
  • Suicide is Not Inherited
  • Looking ahead

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Grief is for sharing

  • The first few weeks
  • Left alone
  • Talk about feelings
  • Understanding your grief
  • Dealing with grief
  • Children and grief
  • How to deal with your grief

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Helping Yourself Heal When a Baby Dies

Helping yourself heal when a baby dies

 

  • Embrace Your Loss
  • Allow Yourself to Mourn
  • Expect to Feel a Multitude of Emotions
  • Allow for Numbness
  • Slow Down Important Decisions

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It's time for a Nursing Home

A family support leaflet for families facing this crisis.

  • Why admission is necessary
  • Grief when moving to a nursing home
  • When 'going home' is no longer possible
  • Sometimes families feel they are to blame
  • Resolution of grief
  • The dementing process
  • Loss of material possessions

 

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Talking to children about death

If you are concerned about discussing death with your children, you are not alone...

 

 

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Tell me all about it

Some Thoughts on Helping a Bereaved Friend

 

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Understanding the experience of grief

This leaflet has been designed to help you and your family through this difficult time and covers many aspects of the grieving process.

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Coping when a Pet Dies

Coping when a Pet Dies

With your capacity to love your pet comes the necessity to grieve when that “best friend” dies. The death of a pet is without a doubt, a traumatic experience. This is intended to help you and your family acknowledge the need to grieve at this time and to do so in a healthy way..

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Dealing with family grief

Dealing with Family Grief

Grief is both universal and uniquely personal. Family members bring to their grief all that they are, all their past experiences, their personality, their past losses and their unique ways of coping with loss. In addition, we must remember that each family member had a different relationship with the deceased. That relationship will help to shape each individual’s grief.

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