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Stories I Do Not Tell: Grief & Spirituality

November 16, 2017

Einstein said, “Energy cannot be created or destroyed. It can only be changed from one form into another.” Strange that a scientist’s quote brought me comfort in dealing with the death of my husband, Gary. It also became the means by which I convinced myself I was crazy when seemingly inexplicable, spiritual experiences happened. These are stories […]

I Became a 26-Year-Old Widow

November 15, 2017

Life throws everybody curve balls. They can be minimal, or heartbreaking, but they are unexpected. On the morning of December 31st, 2016, I would never imagine that it would be the last time I would wake up next to my husband, James.  I would never believe that our last kiss was when the clock struck […]

Finding a Way From Christmas Sorrow to Christmas Joy

November 15, 2017

Giving gifts to others has always been for me so meaningful, special.  And Christmas seems to  symbolize this more than any other time of year. But my first Christmas three months after our son’s death found me drained and wrung out.  I didn’t feel like a “gifter”, only an  empty-handed “griever”.  Sorrow hurts, but it […]

Saying ‘No’ to Holiday Traditions is OK After a Loss

November 14, 2017

For many of us, for much of the time, it is hard to say “no.” Even when we’re busy, even when we’re tired, even when it’s something we really don’t want to do. It’s especially hard when it’s something that we’ve done before, when it’s been our routine, our habit, or our tradition. We get […]

Elsa Aguilera: Grief and Culture

November 10, 2017

Dr. Gloria Horsley of The Open to Hope Foundation spoke with Elsa Aguilera during the Association for Death Education and Counseling conference. Aguilera’s mother is an immigrant, and she considers herself a first generation American. She noticed some big differences in grief between both sides of her family. On her mother’s side, grieving is very […]

Mateo Gomez: Grief (en espanol)

November 8, 2017

John Rampton, de Open to Hope, habla con Mateo Gomez en este segmento acerca de cómo se le puede ayudar a los dolientes después de una pérdida de un ser querido. Esta entrevista esa enfocada a aquellos de cultura Hispana, ya que ellos enfrentan diferentes obstáculos en lo que es el duelo. Gomez tiene experiencia […]

Natural Disasters Leave Grief Among the Ruins

November 5, 2017

The havoc wrought by recent natural disasters  – hurricanes in Houston and Florida,  the US Virgin Islands  and Puerto Rico, wild fires in Northern California, the earthquakes in Mexico — remind me of how destructive natural disasters can be to those affected by them.  Not only have many lives been lost – wives, husbands, children, […]

Grief of a Miscarriage is Real

November 3, 2017

For me, the loss of my child due to miscarriage was just as painful as the loss of my living infant.  It’s a fact that 1 in 4 pregnancies end in miscarriage or loss.   Miscarriage often happens early in pregnancy, so we tend to discount that the pregnancy was “real”.  I assure you that the […]

Charlotte Manges: Prenatal Loss

October 29, 2017

Charlotte Manges was an OB maternity nurse for 20 years, in charge of the pregnancy loss program where mothers were cared for in instances where babies did not survive. Today, she works with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and A Walk to Remember. Many of these mothers experienced stillborns and/or premature births. “I […]