he New Year is a perfect time to plan for self-care and work on personal grief. I readily admit that making a commitment to deal with grief is a big commitment, which will take a lot of hard work. But … Continue reading
About Coralease Ruff
Dr. Coralease Ruff is a Bereavement Facilitator, A Registered Nurse, a University Professor and an International Nursing Consultant. She and her husband became bereaved parents in 1997, following the death of their 21-year old daughter in an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic. Since then, she has been involved in the Compassionate Friends Inc. in many roles.
Coralease is a frequent presenter on grief topics locally and nationally including The Compassionate Friends (TCF) National Conferences, the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association and The Society of Childhood Emergencies as well as local universities, churches and community centers.
She has held faculty positions at Catholic University, University of Washington, The Catholic University and is currently Professor Emeritus at Howard University. She is an end of life nursing educator and developed and currently teaches a university course on Grief and Loss to graduate and undergraduate nursing students.
She has published widely in professional nursing literature and the lay press. Her grief articles include Grieving through the Years; When the Nurse is Grieving and Finding Help and Hope in the Aftermath of the Virginia Tech Tragedy.
She combined a biography of her daughter with a grief handbook entitled; Her Light Still Shines which is published by iUniverse and will be available in bookstores soon.
Dr. Coralease Ruff appeared on the radio show “Healing the Grieving Heart” with Dr. Gloria & Dr. Heidi Horsley to discuss, Grief and Your Health: Taking Care of Yourself. To hear this interview, click on the following link: www.voiceamericapd.com/health/010157/horsley072706.mp3
Dr. Coralease Ruff appeared on the radio show “Healing the Grieving Heart” with Dr. Gloria & Dr. Heidi Horsley to discuss, Coping with the Sudden Death of a Child in a Foreign Country. To hear this interview, click on the following link: www.voiceamericapd.com/health/010157/horsley062509.mp3
Books by Coralease Ruff
Posts by Coralease Ruff
Yes, this is a great way to honor our children and it definitely gives more meaning to life.
Kristy, Thank you for sharing your story. I am so sorry for your loss of Ashton and your husband. As you know, It is always difficult to go through these experiences, and there are no easy answers. I hope that … Continue reading →
In ancient Hebrew Scriptures, Yahweh gave 10 Commandments to Moses, following the Israelites’ escape from slavery in Egypt. First recorded in the book of Exodus, these Commandments are moral statutes designed for the Israelites to enjoy fruitful and holy living. … Continue reading →
Hello Amanda, Thank you for sharing your story. I am so very sorry for your loss. You are correct–that often people who have not had a miscarriage, do not understand what you go through. I encourage you to read a … Continue reading →
Harriet, I hope you enjoyed the conference. Will you be attending TCF in Costa Mesa next weekend? If so I need to talk to you. email@example.com. Thanks
Hello Jennifer, Thank you for sharing your story. I wish you all the best in your pregnancy. May God bless you and your family.
Jill, In reading your letter, I have identified the following issues/themes that you wrote about in your experience during and following a pregnancy loss: On occasion, great effort has been expended in trying to get pregnant including expensive and invasive … Continue reading →
I am so sorry for your loss. I know the entire family feels the tremendous emptiness. One support group that I know of is Compassionate Friends, which is for the death of a child of any age from any cause. … Continue reading →
Jill, Wow! and Amen! First, thank you for sharing your story with us. You touched on so many important issues that we need to expand on. I’d like for us to take some of them and expand further. Over the … Continue reading →
Like many of you, I miss my loved one this holiday season and like many others of you, I am still missing my child, my 21-year-old daughter. When we are grieving, we tend to hold our breath or take rapid … Continue reading →
Mary Ellen, I am so sorry for your devastating loss. I am glad you are finding your journaling to be a source of support for you. You are indeed experiencing a double loss. There are a few articles written by … Continue reading →
Coralease Ruff’s book, Her Light Still Shines: A Beloved Daughter’s Story and Her Mother’s Grief Journey, is available at Amazon.com.
Holidays and other special days are times that we miss our loved ones more acutely. It is these family gatherings where everyone is joyful that make the void feel more enormous. After suffering through my first Easter, first Mother’s Day, … Continue reading →
Never in my wildest nightmare could I have imagined that my child, my only daughter, would die. Nor could I imagine living through it. The unthinkable did happen! My 21-year daughter was killed in a car accident in which some … Continue reading →
By Coralease Ruff – We react so strongly to the death of public figures like Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, and Princess Diana, whom we do not know personally, primarily because we feel as if we know them. On some level, … Continue reading →
Coralease Cox Ruff, a contributing writer for Open to Hope, has written a new book about her daughter, who died at the age of 21. A bereaved mother and grief educator, Ms. Ruff skillfully combines her daughter’s biography with a … Continue reading →
By Coralease Ruff – Many of us can exhale now that Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanzaa and other winter holidays have come and gone. Some have survived their first big holiday season since the death of their loved one. It is no surprise, however, … Continue reading →
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Dear “a grieving mother”, I am sorry to hear of the death of your precious daughter. The devastating experience of the death of a child is a life long experience that we all respond to and deal with differently. You … Continue reading →
Dr. Coralease Ruff: What I always say to people about those feelings of regret, sometimes if you write a letter to them expressing those feelings of regret, at least sometimes that can help, because they do wish they had gone … Continue reading →
Coralease Ruff is a registered nurse and a nursing professor.? She began working in the field of bereavement ten years ago following the untimely death of her beloved 21-year-old daughter, Kandy, in a car accident in the Dominican Republic where … Continue reading →