Grieving children Comfort Zone CampIn recent weeks we looked at resources for the grieving and bereaved. One of the most impressive projects we found during our research was Comfort Zone Camp. They provide help for a group that is among the the most vulnerable when it comes to grief – children. In the camps young people who have experienced the death of a loved one can find support, understanding and be among themselves. We liked the idea so much that we wanted to introduce CZC and the work they do in detail. Read the rest of this entry »

“Life is really just beautiful moments, one right after the other. . . . I want to be remembered as a kid who went down fighting—and didn’t really lose “ – Zach Sobiech

Zach Sobiech

One of the videos that went viral on Youtube in 2013 was the single “Clouds” by an until then unknown singer/songwriter from Stillwater, Minnesota of the name Zach Sobiech. His song deals with a battle he had been fighting for years and which, sadly, he was about to lose. On 20 May 2013, Zach Sobiech died of bone cancer. What he leaves behind is the incredible story of a person who turned his own passing into something life-affirming.

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Dealing with loss and grief is painful and never easy. However, it can be made even harder if you don’t know where to turn to. Luckily, with the internet it is now easier than before to find help and connections. In order to help people in need we have curated a number of resources that offer support on your journey. Read the rest of this entry »

Preparing for deathMany times through our lives, we touch her invisible hand. Sometimes knowingly, sometimes without our knowledge. Until the day she finally grabs our arm and pulls us firmly in her direction. You cannot say no to her. For those who believe in the Bigger Plan, she can be a destination in herself. For those who don’t, she marks an abrupt end to our dreams. Read the rest of this entry »

How to support a grieving friendWhen the loved one of somebody close to us has passed away, it can be hard to know how to react. Of course we want to help our friend, partner, or colleague, be there for them and comfort them during this time, but we often don’t know what is the right thing to do or say.

We are afraid we might intrude or do something wrong that will just make matters worse or put additional strain on the grieving person. And that is the last thing we want to do. Therefore things quickly get awkward. In this blog post we want to address the question of how to deal with another person’s grief and provide some guidance on how to support them in their trying time. Read the rest of this entry »

One year ago today the world of photography lost one of her great members. Martine Franck was a Grand Dame of photography. For her anniversary (and because we have at least one fan among the MemoValley team), today we want to honor Madame Franck with a more detailed portrait of her life.

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How to build a legacy-take action“Let your life be your message.” – Mahatma Gandhi

After taking a look at your life priorities in the last post, you should have more clarity on the direction you would like to see yourself going. You can now use this perspective to determine where you currently stand and where your course is taking you.

Evaluate yourself against the backdrop of what you determined in the funeral exercise. Go through the different parts of your life – family, friends, business, community – and notice where you make out holes and incongruities in the light of your findings.

The idea is not to judge yourself and give yourself a hard time but to discover what is important to you and where you are not pursuing or living up to your purpose. Make an honest assessment whether the course of your life matches what you would like your legacy to be.

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how to build a legacyLife is a continuous cycle of creation and demise. We are born and we die. Those who came before us leave us a world to live in. Those who will be here after us will have only what we leave them. It will be our legacy.

Few people ever stop and think about what their legacy will look like. We are too busy living our lives – day-to-day affairs, working, planning, doing things. Besides that, it is an uncomfortable question because it forces us to think about a time when we are no longer here, and who wants to do that? Yet it is a question worth asking. Read the rest of this entry »

Ways to deal with grief and bereavementLosing someone you love is a painful experience. One moment the person is there, the next moment they are gone. It’s traumatic and something we wish for nobody to experience. But death is a part of life and sooner or later we all have to go through losing someone we love. And while the person is gone, we are left with the sadness, grief, and pain.

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