The death of an ex-spouse is a very common type of loss that creates several issues to consider. Whether the relationship ended amicably or not, the passing of an ex-spouse brings a myriad of feelings, from relief to sadness and pain. The death provides an unsettling closure to a relationship that did not turn out according to hopes and dreams and plans. There may be unresolved issues that no longer stand a chance of healing or forgiveness.
When a sibling dies, the entire world changes immediately for the siblings who remain. Each family has its own history and the bonds that are shared by siblings are shattered when one dies. The surviving sibling faces emotional battles on several fronts and levels that often go ignored by counselors and psychologists.
When a neighbor experiences a personal loss, others can do several little things to offer encouragement. Check with neighbors who are close to them, or look in the local newspaper for an obituary or death notice for details surrounding the burial. If the time and location of the funeral and/or visitation is listed, it would mean that it would be appropriate to attend or send a gift.