Losing a Sibling: A Different Kind of Grief

A child’s loss of a parent or a parent’s loss of a child leads to immeasurable grief over generational loss. Loss of a sibling creates a particular kind of “horizontal” grief in which shared histories and futures are fractured, creating uncertainties and insecurities that are often unacknowledged or misunderstood. As a result, surviving siblings may suffer from of long-term depression. Because of this, surviving siblings are often called “forgotten mourners.”

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Free Cremation in California

Let’s face it…cost is a factor when considering final arrangements.  Between rising costs of living, health care costs, long term care expenses and reducing retirment savings…there are many folks in California that are considering cremation as a practical and lower cost option to traditional funerals with burial.  The rate of cremation in the state is already over 50% and by 2020 the entire country is expected to exceed that rate.

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Organ and Whole Body Donation – How Do I Choose?

Good news! You don’t have to choose.

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You can register to be both an organ donor and a whole body donor. There is great need for both kinds of donation for different reasons.

The choice to register as an organ donor is inspired by the knowledge that an individual’s life can be saved through the transplant of a single organ.  Each day, about 79 people receive organ transplants. But 18 people die each day waiting for transplants due to the shortage of donated organs.

Organ donation can save up to 8 lives and change the lives of more than 50 people on several long waiting lists.

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