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ALS Assoc. 7 Lincoln St. Wakefield 01880
Alzheimer's AssociationMassachusetts Chapter 311 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Alzheimers Support Group of the South Shore, P.O. Box 109 Hingham 02043
American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701
American Civil Liberties Union of Mass 99 Chauncey St. Suite 310, Boston 02111
American Diabetes Assoc., PO Box 31160, Hartford, CT. 06150
American Kidney Fund 6110 Executive Blvd. Rockville Md. 20852
American Liver Foundation 88 Winchester St. Newton 02461
American Lung Assoc., 480 Totten Pond Road, Waltham, MA 02451
American Diabetes Association, 1 Bromfield St., Boston, MA 02108
American Heart Assoc., 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701
American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund, American Red Cross 285 Columbus Avenue Boston, MA 02116
Arthritis Foundation 29 Crafts St. Newton 02458
Beacon Hospice, 45 North Main Street, Fall River, MA 02722
Boston Catholic Television, 55 Chapel St. P.O. Box 9109, Newtonville, MA 02460
Boston Catholic TV Center 55 Chapel St. Box 56 Newton 02160
Boston EMS Relief Association PO Box 365695 Hyde Park 02136
Boston Police Memorial Fund c/o Dist 13, Capt. Robert Flaherty, 3347 Washington St. Boston , MA 02130 (JP)
Boston Shriners Hospital 51 Blossom St. Boston, MA 02114, 617-722-3000 Fax 617-523-1684
Brain Tumor Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, 100 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114
Cancer Center of Boston, 125 Parker Hill Ave., Boston, 02120
Cancer Research, c/o American Cancer Society, 1115 West Chestnut St., Brockton MA 02130
Caritas Good Samaritan Hospice, 3 Edgewater Dr., Norwood, MA 02062
Carroll Center for the Blind 770 Centre St. Newton 02158
Catholic Charities 75 Kneeland St Boston 02111
Catholic Charities 55 Lynn Shore Dr. Lynn MA 01902
Children's Hospital, 300 Longwood Ave, Boston MA 02115
Chrones & Colitis Foundation NE Chapter 280 Hillside Ave Needham 02494
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 220 N. Main St. Natick 01760
Dana/Farber's Jimmy Fund Tribute Program, 1 Harvard St., Brookline MA 02146-9795
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Place West, 6th Floor, Brookline, MA 02445
Dedham Visiting Nurses Assoc. 1100 High St. Dedham MA 02026
Dept. of Nursing, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, 736 Cambridge St., Brighton, MA 02135
Deutsches Altenheim Nursing Home 2222 Centre St. West Roxbury, MA 02132
Dialysis Dept, Beth Israel Deaconess Med. Ctr. 330 Brookline Ave. Boston 02215
Epilepsy Foundation, 4351 Garden City Drive, Landover MD 20785
Faulkner Hospital Oncology Dept. 1153 Centre St. Boston, (JP) 02130
Good Samaritan Hospice, 310 Allston St., Brighton, MA 02146
Home for Little Wanderers, 161 South Huntington Ave., Boston 02130
Hospice & Pallitave Care of Cape Cod, 923 Rt. 6A Yarmouthport, MA 02675
Hospice-Healthcare Dimensions, 764 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451-0603
Joslin Diabetes Center One Joslin Place Boston, MA 02215
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, MASS Chapter 495 Old Connecticut Path, Suite 220, Framingham 01701-4567
MA Lions Eye Research Fund Inc., P.O. Box 6050, New Bedford, MA 02742-6050
MA SIDS Center , Boston Medical Center , 1 BMC Place, Boston 02118
Make a Wish Foundation, 1 Bulfinch Place, 2nd Floor, Boston, 02114
March of Dimes 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue White Plains, NY 10605
Mass Brain Injury Assoc. 484 Main St. #325 Worcester, MA 01608
Mass General Hospital Development Office, 100 Charles River Plaza, Suite 600 Boston 02114
N.E. Home for Little Wanderers, 271 Huntington Ave, Boston MA 02115.
National Breast Cancer Foundation, One Hanover Park 16633 N. Dallas Pkwy, Suite 600 Addison TX 75001
New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans 17 Court St. Boston, MA 02108
Pine Street Inn Development Office 444 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA 02118 (617) 521-7629 www.pinestreetinn.org
Port Authority Police's World Trade Disaster Survivors' Fund 611 Palisade AvenueEngelwood Cliffs, NJ 07632
Ronald MacDonald House, 229 Kent St. Brookline MA 02446
Rosies Place 889 Harrison Ave Boston 02118
Salvation Army 6 Baxter St. Quincy, MA 02169-6900
Shriners Hospital for Children, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114
South Shore Visiting Nurse Association 100 Bay State Drive Braintree, MA 02184
South Shore Visiting Nurses Association, 100 Bay State Dr., Braintree, MA 02185.
Special Olympics, 450 Maple St., Danvers, MA 01923
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-1905.
St. Vincent DePaul Society 18 Canton St. Stoughton MA 02072
Stanley R. Tippett Hospice House, 920 South St., Needham, MA 02492
The Hospice Care Inc. 41 Montvale Ave., Stoneham 02180
The Leary Firefighters Foundation 1697 Broadway, Suite 906 New York, NY 10019
The Hebrew Rehabilitation Ctr., 1200 Centre St., Roslindale MA 02131
The New York City Police Foundation, Inc. Heroes Fund 345 Park Avenue New York, NY 10154 Tel: (212) 751-8170 Fax: (212) 750-7616
Walpole Area VNA, PO Box 252, Walpole, MA 02081.
Contact the Veterans Service Officer for G.I. Insurance, 1-800-669-8477.
Here is a link which gives suggestions for locating insurance policies as well as a referral to a company, which will locate policies for a charge. American Council Of Life Insurers
Here are some of the items that may affect probate procedures in settling the estate of the deceased:
During The Funeral Services
Although funeral ceremonies are designed to honor the life of the deceased, they are also a means of helping survivors begin to deal with the reality of the loss. During the days and events which constitute the formal funeral services, you may want to consider the following suggestions:
Etiquette of Acknowledgments
The following suggestions are provided to help you in acknowledging those who participated in the funeral and expressed their sympathy. Within two weeks of the funeral . . .
After The Funeral
The process of grieving and adjusting to life without the deceased does not end when the ceremonies are concluded. The days and weeks ahead will bring new challenges and adjustments. Here are some of the things you will want to consider as you move on with your own life:
The Funeral Service
Encourage the bereaved to express their feelings and thoughts, but don't overwhelm them.
"Thank you for the beautiful roses. The arrangement was lovely."
In some communities it is a practice to insert a public thank you in the newspaper. The funeral director can assist you with this.
Children at Funerals
Help a Grieving Friend
Grieving people often find they need to talk about what's happened and how they feel about it. You don't have to fix their grief or cheer them up, but you can share the load just by being there to listen.
It's all right to cry.
There's no need to say "be brave" or "be strong." Crying helps emotions to be released so they won't get bottled up. To give permission for tears, anger or any other emotions will let your friend know you aren't uncomfortable with their grief.
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Things to Consider
When a loved one dies, it can be a very disturbing time for the survivors. They are faced with a myriad of tasks before, during, and after the funeral service. We at Grondin’s are trained to provide thoughtful assistance during these challenging times. In an effort to be of greater help, we have developed the following checklist of important things you may wish to consider in preparing for the tasks that lie ahead.
When A Death Occurs
The very first thing you will want to do is contact us at (978) 372-1534. If this is long distance, please call us collect. We will immediately go to work to care for the deceased and help you arrange funeral services. At your convenience, we will want to discuss the following information. Filling out the accompanying Individual Service Profile form will help facilitate this discussion:
When A Loved One Dies
Preparing yourself for the inevitable
Grief is a normal response to any loss and affects the grieving person physically, emotionally, and spiritually often causing the person to think and act in ways different from their previous "normal" behavior.
You may have heard something to the effect of "just give it time and you will eventually feel better. Time is necessary to the healing process, but it is only one aspect of effective grieving.
In addition to taking time, grief requires intentional "work" by the bereaved in order to achieve a healthy outcome from the process. Similar to someone taking action to seek medical help to set a broken leg so that it might heal properly, the bereaved must take action to move through grief.
The intentional "work" of grief can be summarized in five basic tasks, which involve specific behaviors (things to do to help yourself work through grief). These five basic tasks facing a bereaved person are:
The grieving process usually takes at least one year in order to experience all the "firsts". The grief process may take as long as two or three years, but the intensity of the emotional pain should decrease during that period of time. It is important not to make important decisions too quickly because you will feel differently about things as you move through the grief process.
A sudden or unexpected death may cause significant initial shock or numbness and may also lengthen the grieving process.
Knowing in some way that a person is going to die (anticipating the death) does not reduce the intensity of the grief or pain. Anticipating the death may help motivate you to engage in some planning (e.g., concerning financial, funeral, and relationships matters) which might make the grief process less cumbersome.
The grieving process is also affected by many other factors, including the personalities of the people involved, the type of relationship someone had with the deceased, and the present circumstances of one s life (e.g., age, family structures, finances, health, employment, children, etc.).
A person can "resolve" their grief and move again into a happy, healthy and satisfying life. "Resolution" means that the emotional pain of the death no longer controls your day to day activities and that you are once again able to develop a perspective on your life which is positive and future-oriented. Moments may arise which trigger a temporary emotional response to the death in the same way that emotions are associated with other past events in our lives, but resolved grief means that you have been able to (re)construct a new "normal" lifestyle which is fulfilling and purposeful without holding on to the deceased person.
©Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge and Robert C. DeVries, 2000. Authors of Getting to the Other Side of Grief: Overcoming the Loss of a Spouse (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House Company, 1998) ISBN: 0-8010-5821-X