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The Acute Loss Period

The Acute Loss Period

If you have experienced a loss, your most important decision isn't whether to choose burial or cremation. Your most important decision will be to fully understand how your choices impact the emotional, relational, and spiritual well-being of those who cared for, loved, and shared life with your loved one.

In his book, When We Must Say Farewell, Karl Jennings writes "In the end, your death doesn't belong to you, it belongs to anyone who has ever cared for, loved, or shared life with you."

Our focus is to help you successfully navigate the Acute Loss Period, which is the crucial time between the event of death and the onset of grief. Our goal is to lead you through the seven phases of the Acute Loss Period in ways that will foster healing for you and the community- at the time of loss and in the days, weeks, and months that follow.

Our purpose is to ensure every family has an intentional plan to begin healing at the time of loss and to help them establish the vital habits and behaviors they will need for a healthy grief experience.

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