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Hospice care and end of life decisions with Kate Garza, a social worker at Moments Hospice

Listen to our latest Good Grief podcast where we talk to our guest Kate Garza, social worker at Moments Hospice, about the specifics regarding hospice care. Resources mentioned in this podcast: 12 questions for the holidays (free PDF): https://oconnellfuneralhomes.com/ocfh-holiday-promo/ 5-days of grief & the holidays (free meditation video series): https://oconnellfuneralhomes.com/holiday-grief/ Moments Hospice – (763)-205-3600 https://momentshospice.com […]

Are you thinking of cremation?

Let’s delve into some of the facts and unknown parts of the cremation process. Cremation is the process in which a body is reduced through the process of combustion and heat, leaving elements that are commonly called cremains or ashes. The cremation process typically takes about three hours from start to finish with optimal temperatures […]

Cemeteries

Cemeteries are a community’s landmark for so many reasons. The obvious need is for a permanent home for our loved ones. But outside of the obvious, a cemetery is so very vital to our well being than simply saying goodbye. Cemeteries are one of the most peaceful settings in a community. During the day, the […]

Honoring all lives lost to overdose

Losing a loved one to addiction and overdose hurts terribly. It leaves us with many questions, but not many answers. However, coming together with family and friends to honor the life of a loved one, share stories and support one another can help us begin the grief journey. O’Connell Family Funeral Homes can gently guide […]

Our grief just got way more complicated

Grief is deep and poignant distress caused by bereavement, something that we have lost or deprived of. Grief is consistent, relentless, unwavering, and unbiased.  It knows no boundaries. It is not afraid to get its grips on you whether you are male or female or young or old. It pays zero attention to race, economic […]

Should Children Attend Funerals?

Should Children Attend Funerals

Should kids be seen and not heard? Therese Rando, a well-known grief and loss expert, explains that rituals allow structure for important events that happen throughout our lives, including death. A funeral offers a controlled time where individuals can emotionally and physically ventilate their feelings. Funeral rituals generate social support and offer opportunities to find […]

What are your options for scattering cremains?

Scattering Ashes: What You Need to Know Scattering ashes, also called cremated remains, is a popular choice when a person or family chooses cremation. If you’re seeking answers on what you can do with the ashes, look no further than the O’Connell Family Funeral Home. Below you can find guidelines about what you can do with the […]

It’s time to rethink the stages of grief.

Five stages of grief?? I think not! The Kubler Ross stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance), also known as the 5 stages of grief, were first outlined in 1969, when Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s book “On Death and Dying” was published. Her work was a reflection of the grief process of patients who had been diagnosed with terminal illness. Her work would become the […]

Have The Talk Of A Lifetime

An individual’s story – memories made, principles and lessons learned – is a gift that should be shared with family and friends. O’Connell Family Funeral Homes, in conjunction with the Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC) has launched Have the Talk of a Lifetime, an awareness and education initiative to help families have important conversations […]

When the holiday’s aren’t merry and bright

Loss is a common everyday fact of life. Even more so, are the emotions and reactions that follow them. But with the holidays approaching, it seems our grief gets amplified and worse. TV commercials make it appear everyone is happy and cheery during the Holidays. Festive dinners, cocktail parties, shopping sprees, and holiday decorations focus […]

Sleep and grief don’t always get along!

The death of someone we love breaks our hearts, and grief sets in. Grief’s synonyms are sorrow, misery, sadness, pain, distress, agony, torment, heartache, desolation, dejection, and angst…. Ok, I think you get it! Grief is overwhelming and knows no boundaries. But besides emotional feelings, it causes a myriad of physical issues too. When we […]

Buy from your local flower shop.

local flower shop

Buy from your local flower shop. When it comes to getting flowers for your loved ones, it seems like ordering online will save you a few bucks. But in the end, you will be more satisfied with flowers purchased from a local flower shop. Time and time again, we see boxes of flowers left outside […]

Hospice care and end of life decisions with Kate Garza, a social worker at Moments Hospice

Listen to our latest Good Grief podcast where we talk to our guest Kate Garza, social worker at Moments Hospice, about the specifics regarding hospice care. Resources mentioned in

Are you thinking of cremation?

Let’s delve into some of the facts and unknown parts of the cremation process. Cremation is the process in which a body is reduced through the process of combustion

Cemeteries

Cemeteries are a community’s landmark for so many reasons. The obvious need is for a permanent home for our loved ones. But outside of the obvious, a cemetery is

What COVID has done to the ritual of saying goodbye.

Every year, Merriam-Webster comes out with the word of the year. This year, conversely, there would be a competition for words we never want to hear again. Words such

Honoring all lives lost to overdose

Losing a loved one to addiction and overdose hurts terribly. It leaves us with many questions, but not many answers. However, coming together with family and friends to honor

Funerals should celebrate the life of our loved ones and the best funeral directors make it happen!

When someone dies, we have a funeral because it helps us. It’s for those of us who are still here, who need to grieve. It doesn’t need to be

A Message to the Community During the COVID-19 Pandemic

For anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing has been more than just an inconvenience – it has limited your

Our grief just got way more complicated

Grief is deep and poignant distress caused by bereavement, something that we have lost or deprived of. Grief is consistent, relentless, unwavering, and unbiased.  It knows no boundaries. It

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