133 Center Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 207-942-8815
Fax: 207-942-1997
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Grief and the Holidays -

For some people, thinking of the holidays rapidly approaching can elicit warm and happy feelings while they prepare for another season with family and friends. For people who have experienced the loss of a loved one, those happy memories can be dulled by the sadness and pain of facing those holidays without their loved one. While others are anticipating the joy, the grief stricken cannot wait for these holidays to be over. How do you face the holidays when you are dreading being without someone you held so close?

Grief and the holidays can help you organize your thoughts for the upcoming days. This booklet is designed to help the bereaved tp prepare themselves for the flood of emotions they will feel, as well as suggest activities that can honor the memory of the deceased and encourge the enjoyment and support of others. If you or someone you know might benefit from this booklet, please contact us at Brookings-Smith, (207) 942-8815, or by email, info@BrookingsSmith.com

Bereavement Support Groups provide a very good way for people to work through the grieving process. They provide people the opportunity, in a safe and supportive environment, to share their feeling and stories with others that are going, or have gone, through the loss of a loved one. Some groups are very general and deal with a wide range of loss. Other groups are more targeted to a specific group (i.e. the loss of a child). There are several organizations which offer these groups; from hospitals and hospices to visiting nurse associations. We provide information for some of these organizations under the Grief & Healing tab on our website.

We are proud of our people, facilities, reputation, flexibility, creativity and value. Brookings-Smith is a family owned-and operated funeral home that provides the greater Bangor area with complete mortuary services. Local facilities in Bangor, Brewer, and Orono are maintained for the convenience of the people in these communities.

Depending on the size of your family and circle of friends, someone close may be expected to die every ten years or so. This infrequency leaves most people unprepared for the myriad of details which must be attended to when this eventually occurs.

Fortunately, there is an immediate resource available to assist you in this time of need. It is the Brookings- Smith Life Tribute Center whose people are confronted with the event of death on a continuing basis, and are prepared to guide our clients through the intricate details of preparation. Explore our website to learn about our presence in the area.

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Brookings-Smith Funeral Home

133 Center Street
Bangor, ME 04401
Phone: 207-942-8815
Fax: 207-942-1997
Email: info@brookingssmith.com
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Orono Chapel of Brookings-Smith
Brewer Chapel of Brookings-Smith
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Are you looking to add a personal touch to your loved one's funeral service? Would you like to browse through our catalog of viewing merchandise? Maybe you want to learn more about planning your own funeral. We've made all of this information — and more — available for you to explore in the comfort and privacy of your home.

Helping You Grieve

Our experience has taught us that when losing a loved one, those left behind feel lost and alone. Many do not know where to turn to or how to cope. Our grief support programs in place are dedicated to helping you during your difficult time and making each day a little easier for you when a loved one is lost.

52 Weeks of Support

It's hard to know what to say when someone experiences loss. Our free weekly newsletter provides insights, quotes and messages on how to help during the first year.

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