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Finding Hope During the Holidays

We published this video on our website last year and are reposting it due to all of the positive comments and gratitude we received.  If you or a loved one are struggling with grief this holiday season, then please take the time to watch this brief video in which Dr. Jason Troyer shares how to deal with “grief bursts,” planning time for remembering, and adjusting your traditions.

 

Find Hope During the Holidays with Dr. Jason Troyer from Jason Troyer on Vimeo.

 

Dr. Troyer has a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas.  He is also certified in Thanatology and a member of the Association for Death and Education Counseling.  He is a professor in East Tennessee and teaches on death and dying, abnormal psychology, counseling, and related topics.

Celebration of Life and Funeral Catering Services

People generally think of catering for big life events such as weddings, anniversaries and graduations. These are typically events with set dates that can be planned well in advance. Celebrations of Life and Funerals rarely fall into this category as too often a loved one passes away unexpectedly.  Losing a loved one can be an arduous time for families and Hey Diddle Diddle Catering understands completely. We are collaborating with Putnam Funeral Home, Cremation Advocates by Putnam, and Bertram Funeral Home to support you in your needs for sensitive planning & catering in the Highland Lakes area.

Relieving the Burden of Planning

Whether you are celebrating a joyous occasion or saying farewell to a loved one, food is always a key component of social gatherings. The act of breaking bread and sharing fellowship has been an integral component of ceremonies for many years. However, preparing such a desirable meal for a life celebration and/or funeral can be a difficult, near impossible task for just yourself and immediate family.  In fact, providing food and drinks for guests at the memorial service isn’t likely to be at the top of your to do list. Our professional catering staff at Hey Diddle Diddle is adept at handling all of your hospitality needs in a dignified and efficient manner. This will help relieve the family of the burdens of planning for food and drinks at the funeral and/or memorial service. Our Celebration of Life caterers take care of everything from menu planning – with your input of course – to table settings to final clean up. This allows you to attend to your own needs and the needs of family and friends struggling with the loss of your loved one.

Flexible Food Menu and Beverage Service

We offer a variety of menu and beverage service options for you to choose from or we can customize a menu that suits the needs of your family. We’ll work with you and the Funeral Home to help decide the appropriate catering service for your family and friends and for your budget needs.

Our Celebration of Life menu will cater to whatever needs your family may have. If you don’t see something you’re interested in- just ask. We specialize in special requests and would be happy to accommodate whatever you’re looking for

For more information, please contact us at Hey Diddle Diddle Catering.   We would be honored to serve you in your family’s time of need.

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Guest blog by Michelle Devaney, Hey Diddle Diddle Catering in Burnet

10 children’s books on loss and grief

When a loved-one dies, a child may be full of questions it’s difficult to know how to answer, or full of feelings they find it hard to express. Reading aloud is a wonderful way to be close and share, drawing on words and pictures for comfort and to talk about things it’s not easy to understand.

These 10 beautiful children’s books on grief and loss have been written with younger kids in mind, but explore complicated emotions with a simplicity that can be a comfort for the bereaved, whatever age you are.

The Goodbye Book

by Todd Brown (Little Brown, $17.99)

This book uses uncomplicated words and colorful pictures to describe things we think and feel when someone we loved very much dies. Among the most warm and reassuring children’s books on death to read aloud and begin a conversation with a little one, it’s told from the perspective of a pet fish who has lost his companion.

Watch Todd read his book aloud:

Waterbugs and Dragonflies

by Doris Stickney (Pilgrim Press, $18)

This classic children’s book on death has been around since 1971 and has a spiritual take the subject. It compares the underwater lives of waterbugs to our time on Earth. Each time one swims to the surface of the water, it disappears. It emerges and flies into the sunshine as a beautiful dragonfly – even though the ones that are left behind cannot see this happen.

I Miss You: A First Look at Death

by Pat Thomas and Leslie Harker (Barron’s Educational, $7.99)

This children’s bereavement book helps act as a prompt to help younger ones to talk about death with a parent or teacher and express their feelings. Author Pat Thomas is a psychotherapist and counselor and her writing introduces boys and girls to the idea that grief and loss are normal feelings to have when someone dies.

When Someone Very Special Dies: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief

by Marge Eaton Heegaard (Woodland Press, $9.99)

Young readers can help draw the pictures for this book. It explores all about when someone dies and the questions and feelings we are left with. Besides children’s books on grief and loss, author and clinician Marge Eaton Heegaard’s other art therapy titles for kids include all about living with the first stage of a serious illness.

Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing with Loss

by Michaelene Mundy (Abbey Press, $7.95)

It’s okay to feel gloomy and it’s fine to cry, when someone’s died and you have all sorts of complicated feelings that you don’t know what to do with. Besides affirming that we can feel sad when we are missing people in all sorts of ways, this book for grieving children includes questions to ask and open up conversations.

The Heart and the Bottle

by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins, $10.50)

This story is about a little girl who begins to forget about the other things she loves, when someone special to her dies. Keeping her heart in a bottle will keep it safe from more hurt, she thinks, until she meets another little girl whose infectious curiosity reminds her about how she used to be. It’s among the children’s books on grief and loss with a touching and symbolic narrative.

The Scar

by Charlotte Moundlic, with illustrations by Olivier Tallec (Candlewick Books, $14.99)

When a little boy wakes up to find his mommy has died, he feels sad, cross and worried that he will forget her. He decides if the scratch on his knee doesn’t go away, it will keep his mom closer. When Grandma visits, she helps him find some different ways to hold onto his mom’s love. This moving story may be a comfort to grieving children finding it hard to accept a loved one’s death, but shows that moving on never means forgetting.

Missing Mommy

by Rebecca Cobb (Henry Holt & Co, $16.99)

When we say goodbye to mommy, where did she go? The author and illustrator of this children’s bereavement book welcomed the support of child bereavement experts when she created this highly-praised book for very young ones.

What Does Dead Mean?

by Caroline Jay, Jenni Thomas and Unity Joy Dale (Jessica Kingsley Publishing, $15.95)

Why do people have to die – and is being dead like sleeping? This children’s book on grief and loss addresses 17 big questions that children have about death, with simple, truthful answers and talking points of its own to prompt further thoughts and conversation.

Where Are You? A Child’s Book About Loss

by Laura Olivieri (Lulu.com, $13.94)

This book conveys in simple, yet thought-provoking ways the emotional and physical ways in which we react when someone dies, from not being able to see them anymore, to feeling sad. Comforting to listen to, as well as to read aloud, it could help you both talk about the loved one you have lost and miss.