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Grief

Creating a Memorial Garden Helps in Healing After a Loss

There’s an old Chinese proverb that says, “If you want to be happy for a lifetime, be a gardener.” Our Allen Memorial Home staff wants to give this sentiment a new twist by saying, “If you want help healing after a loss, be a gardener.” In our own… Read More

What Happens to Social Media Accounts When a Loved One Dies?

It’s a question our staff is hearing more and more often these days at Allen Memorial Home: “My sister/aunt/friend has died, but their social media is still active. What can I do to turn it off?” Others have asked us what will happen to their own posts, photos,… Read More

10 Ideas to Help Children Remember a Loved One

Saying goodbye to a special person who has died is one of the most painful and confusing experiences a child can go through. One way to support them through it is to think of ways to honor and remember the loved one in years to come. These activities or… Read More

The Physical Effects of Grief

When Diane’s mother died after a long battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s, Diane felt both grieved and relieved. For years, she had juggled caregiving for her mother, a demanding job as a nurse, and parenting two teenagers. It was an exhausting combination. Diane figured that after her mother’s… Read More

A Letter to Grieving Mothers 

Dear grieving mothers, It’s not supposed to be this way. This is not the life you dreamed of, hoped for, expected. Parents aren’t supposed to bury their children; parents are supposed to die first. That’s the natural order of things. What you’ve experienced is unnatural. It feels wrong because it… Read More

Why More People are Writing Light-Hearted Obituaries

When you think of writing a meaningful obituary for a loved one who has died, adding light-hearted stories or details may not occur to you. Yet more families in Tioga and Broome counties and beyond are featuring funny, optimistic, and even playful content in an attempt to express… Read More

How To Embrace Life During a Season Of Uncertainty

Families in Broome and Tioga counties know that life changes are around every corner. With all the uncertainty we’re consistently exposed to, especially under the ongoing COVID-19 circumstances, it’s possible you may be feeling a bit unsure of what happens next. While no one really knows the answer, we… Read More

Why Gratitude is Important for the New Year

The new year is upon us, and we know many of our neighbors in Broome and Tioga County are likely still thinking about their New Year’s resolutions. This is the time for not only a refresh, but it’s a chance to consciously do something different in the coming year. Read More

5 Ways to Honor Your Loved One in the Years After Their Death

In talking to families from Endicott over the years, many have described how grief has a tendency to “sneak in” after losing a loved one. Our staff at Allen Memorial Home  can relate. Something as simple as hearing a particular song on the radio or… Read More

Managing Grief During the Holidays

The holidays are supposed to be a time of great joy. Despite all of the family togetherness and holiday cheer though, this time of year can be very painful for those who have lost a loved one. Even the most wonderful traditions – the annual family Christmas party, a friendly… Read More