How Filipinos Pay their Respect to the Dead

A special day is set aside each year by Filipinos to remember their dead. The day is popularly known as undas, a term which perhaps originated from the Spanish phrase honras de funebre or “to honor the funeral.” The Catholic Church has designated November 1 All Saints’ day, for the faithful to pay homage to the saints in … Read moreHow Filipinos Pay their Respect to the Dead

Helping a Suicide Survivor Heal

Historian Arnold Toynbee once wrote, “There are always two parties to a death; the person who dies and the survivors who are bereaved.” Unfortunately, many survivors of suicide suffer alone and in silence. The silence that surrounds them often complicates the healing that comes from being encouraged to mourn. Because of the social stigma surrounding … Read moreHelping a Suicide Survivor Heal

Helping Teenagers Cope with Grief

Each year thousands of teenagers experience the death of someone they love. When a parent, sibling, friend or relative dies, teens feel the overwhelming loss of a someone who helped shape their fragile self-identities. And these feelings about the death become a part of their lives forever. Caring adults, whether parents, teachers, counselors or friends, … Read moreHelping Teenagers Cope with Grief