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Help with Grief

Grief can be thought of as normal, natural and necessary. It is hard and often painful work, and has a timetable of its own. The role of support during this time in your life cannot be underestimated. Bill Cress, President of Cress Funeral & Cremation views this part of his job as priority #1. In a recent interview Bill stated, “The funeral is the first step in the healing process as it allows us an outlet to share our feelings”, Cress continues, “In our industry we want to concentrate on the “celebration”. However, if we concentrate on just “celebrating” we cheat ourselves out of the grieving side which is natural and necessary”.

The grieving work often involves dealing with feelings of sadness, anger, guilt and unfinished business. Often times, we attempt to shelve these feelings or play the “avoidance” game only to find that grief is very strong and patient and will outwait our avoidance tactics until we face the reality that we must tackle “grief” head-on.

Finding grief support or a supportive individual can be an life changing moment in your journey as you meet the demands of your grief and let go of what was and move towards living again.

We encourage you to reflect upon the grief resources and material offered on our website. At Cress Funeral and Cremation Services, we would be happy to help you locate a support group or counseling organization that may be right for you. Please feel free to email or call us anytime:

We have also partnered with Beyond Indigo to bring you online resources to help you deal with grief. You will find answers to many of your questions about grieving along with helpful suggestions.

Grief: General

These thoughtful articles provide guidance and direction for anyone touched by grief.

Helping Yourself with Grief

Someone you love has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death and the person who died. It is an essential part of healing. The following articles provide many practical suggestions to help you move toward healing in your unique grief journey.


Helping Others with Grief

A friend has experienced the death of someone loved. How can you help? The following articles provide many practical suggestions for helping others with grief:


For and About Grieving Children and Teenagers

Children and teenagers have special needs following the death of a friend or family member. The following articles provide wonderful insight in helping children and teens understand and express their grief.


Funerals, Memorials, Cremation and Related Topics

The days following the death of a loved one can be filled with sadness and confusion. The following articles can help you understand the importance of the rituals surrounding death.


For Funeral Directors

Effectively meeting the grief needs of customers in an increasingly impersonal world takes special effort on the part of professionals in the grief industry. The following articles are designed to help funeral directors gauge their own effectiveness and meet the challenges of serving customer needs.


For Hospices and Other Caregivers

Caregivers have special needs of their own. The following articles are designed to help caregivers take care of themselves as well as those who are suffering from loss.

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