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possible from new writer, Mike Russell

June 22, 2017

The Three Points   When life is framed within the confines of grief, it can be limiting in choices for the survivor.  I think that the rest of the world thinks that choices are easy, or they want that for you as the survivor.  My experience tells me otherwise.  While grief is different for everyone, […]

What Grief Teaches Us

June 22, 2017

In the depths of our grief, something new is being born in us. Grief is the dark mother delivering from her womb of sorrow an unfolding version of ourselves. This new version experiences dimensions of emotion that the old version could not. The new version has collapsed and stretched and suffered and learned in ways […]

Why Summer is a Bittersweet Time

June 21, 2017

I’m originally from Long Island, New York. When I was growing up, most of the towns along the shore were boat towns. Residents had small fishing boats, motor boats, and a variety of sailboats. Ever since he was little, my brother was interested in sailing. When he was a teenager, my parents bought him a […]

Fingerprints: Losing a Husband, Living with Grief

June 15, 2017

When he used to take off his socks next to our bed and throw them ceremoniously to the cork floor, he would spread the fingers of his chubby peasant hands on the wall of our bedroom to keep his balance before rocketing into bed beside me. It took at least three years to have a finished […]

Five Signs You May Be Carrying Hidden Grief

June 13, 2017

  When my son Justin died in 1993 at the age of 16, I was emotionally crippled for at least a year, unable to return to my former life in advertising or relate to people in familiar ways. Over time, I reassembled the tattered scraps of my life into a new tapestry, and I took […]

The Restlessness of Grief: Taking Back Control

June 11, 2017

It’s early morning and the sun has just come up.  I open my eyes and am hit with a wave of grief as I remember that my loved one is gone.  My mind begins to remember the events of the last few days and I replay the reality that now is my life again and […]

Finding the Strength You Need

June 8, 2017

The death of a loved one is such a shock to the body and mind, you may wonder if you’re going crazy. You aren’t going crazy; you are grieving. In 2007, after four family members died in succession, I wondered if I were going crazy. More worrisome, I wondered if I could survive such sorrow. […]

The Stages of Grief, according to Winnie the Pooh

June 6, 2017

Mitch Carmody of Heartlight Studios spoke with Dr. Heidi Horsley during the 2015 Association of Death Education and Counseling 2015 about the death of a child. He lost his own son when his child was just nine, and he says the biggest help in addressing your grief is not to forget. It’s common in American […]

Spring: Memories of Love, a Chance for New Growth

June 5, 2017

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.” ― Pablo Neruda   Spring rain brings May flowers This was my partner Kim’s favorite time of year. I watch her child-like actions as the flowers bloom and the trees bud. She knew the names of them all, closing her eyes while […]