Helping You Manage Your Grief with Our Silver Linings Program

Our Silver Linings Program will help you and your family move from grief to acceptance and healing.

Easing the Grief of Loss...Together!

The funeral is over, your family has gone home, your friends are back to their normal lives and you're still reeling from the death of your loved one. It's difficult to imagine how your life will ever be normal again and you'll be able to smile once more.

How will you get through the day without the immense sadness that seems to envelop you? How will you ever manage to create a new normal and build a life without your loved one?

All the feelings and emotions you're feeling are normal and are part of the grieving process. You're actually experiencing the most difficult part of grieving, when it seems like everyone else is getting back to normal and you're just trying to get through the day without breaking down for the umpteenth time.

Helping You Cope with Your Feelings and Emotions

Part of our mission as Funeral Directors is to help you navigate the process of grieving to move towards acceptance and healing. And while we will do everything we can to make this easier for you, truthfully healing will take time to ease the pain you're experiencing. Each day should get a little bit better if you're taking care of yourself and focusing on ways to cope. 

As part of our Silver Linings Program, a Compassionate Care Coordinator will visit you after the funeral to see how you’re doing, to let you know that what you’re feeling is normal, and to point you in the right direction for additional resources to help you cope more effectively.

We’ll help you manage the emotional issues related to grief, provide practical self-care and home-care resources, and introduce you to others who have experienced your same type of loss. Our goal is to keep you connected with a community of people who will share your grief and help you get back to living a more normal life.

Resources to Help You Cope More Effectively

Compassionate Care Coordinator

Just a Phone Call Away

If you're experiencing a very difficult time, you can call our office and ask for your Compassionate Care Coordinator. Your individual coordinator will talk with you and try to offer help and assistance as needed. This is not intended to replace regular counseling if you or a family member is having a very difficult time. However, we're here when you need to talk to someone to share your feelings and issues, and we'll listen and help point you in the right direction.

Meet with You After the Funeral

Your Compassionate Care Coordinator will meet with you the day after the funeral to bring you any items you need from the funeral including death certificates, flowers you want to keep, prayer cards, items of remembrance, registered memorial and thank you cards, shared story cards, life story and panel, any keepsakes, urn (if cremated), and any personal pictures and other items. You'll also receive information about what resources are available to you depending on your needs.

Answer Any Questions You May Have

Your Compassionate Care Coordinator will answer any questions you may have and review the grief packet that offers various resources to help you cope with your feelings and concerns. In addition, you'll receive all the details about our Silver Linings Program, which is our ongoing aftercare program to help you cope with your loss and move on to acceptance and healing.

Attend Our Silver Linings Events

Periodically throughout the year we hold some special events that provide hope and healing for family members and friends who are going through the process of healing from the death of a loved one.

Below we have a list of events we've held throughout the year. They are very well attended and are truly enjoyed by those people who attend them.

Click here for a list of upcoming events. Once you become a member of our Silver Linings Program, you'll receive a formal invitation to each event once the registration opens.

Celebration Café Coffee Hours

Every week, alternating between locations, we hold a coffee hour from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon, and serve pastries, tea, and coffee. One of our staff members leads the group with a theme for the day and will invite open discussion. You'll be able to ask questions, share thoughts and experiences, offer help to others in need, and just enjoy the company of people who are going through the same experiences as you are.

Books to Help You Manage Your Grief

Sometimes a book can help provide the information or inspiration you need to help move you forward. That's why we send you a series of books at 3 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, and 11 months after the death of your loved one. These books will explain the peaks and valleys that occur during the grieving and recovery process.

In addition, we have an extensive lending library, which includes books, video, and audio. They are available to borrow and return at your convenience.

Here's what you'll receive from us:

The series by Doug Manning consists of four books designed to be sent/read during the first year of grief.

  • 3rd week - Book One: The Pain of Grief
  • 3rd month - Book Two: The Reality of Grief
  • 6th month - Book Three: The Dimensions of Grief
  • 11th month Book Four: The Journey of Grief

We hope that these books will help you as you work to normalizing your life and start creating new memories to fill the empty space from the passing of your loved one.

Silver Linings Events Throughout the Year

Be Our Valentine Luncheon

Valentine's Day can be especially difficult when you've lost a spouse or significant other. It can be a very sad day when you don't have your loved one by your side.

And for that reason, we've created a special Valentine's Day luncheon to show you that you're still in our hearts and minds and we really do care how well you're doing.

As a member of our Silver Linings Program, you'll be mailed an invitation to our special Valentine's Day luncheon and we hope you'll join us.

Click here for specific dates for our Silver Linings events.

Holistic Health Fair

Butterfly Release

In July we hold a "Butterfly Release" Remembrance Ceremony. Each family that has lost a loved one during the year releases a butterfly in memory of the special person they have lost.

Guest speakers provide practical ideas for dealing with grief, and each participant will receive a gift. Music and refreshments are included in this free event. We purposely acquire over 100 butterflies so that each child that attends will also receive a butterfly to let free.

Click here for specific dates for our Silver Linings events.

Holiday Event

Holidays can be difficult when you've lost a loved one. Each year we offer a special holiday event to culminate our Silver Linings program for the year.

Click here for specific dates for our Silver Linings events.

Click below to sign up for our Silver Linings Program. You'll be sent formal invitations for each of the upcoming events.