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There is no way around it. When a loved one is suddenly not around anymore, it’s hard.

That’s when you must come to grips with this new reality. We know how difficult it is, and we encourage you to accept the reality of the loss of your loved one. And recently with the added stress of planning within the safety guidelines established by the CDC and the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), the reality has created additional challenges. We have added streaming services due to COVID-19, to offset the rule of ten family members or less at a live service.

That being said, our advice, based on serving families for many years, is to strive to find new meaning and purpose in your own life. Allow some time to pass, then try to focus on realistic goals for yourself.

This is difficult for some people, who may feel that “moving on” means you are “forgetting” the loved one who is not around anymore.

He or she will never be forgotten. Dedicate small things in your life to memorialize them and they will remain in your heart forever.

If you don’t feel you can do this on your own, professional grief counseling is available. If you don’t have contacts, we can refer you to an appropriate resource.

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