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Do’s and Don’ts of Self-Care After the Loss of a Child

Posted on May 25, 2020 - by Fran Gerstein

This is an excerpt from Grief From the Inside Out: Creating Meaning Around the Loss of a Child from Substance Abuse or Suicide, By Fran Gerstein, MSW, LCSW. It is […]

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No One Knows When Coronavirus Goes Away, But Don’t Lose Hope!

Posted on May 25, 2020 - by Jackie Keibler

As you know, the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has now spread to every continent. Watching a video clip of people in Wuhan where the epidemic vented, shouting “Wuhan fighting” together through […]

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The Survival Instinct vs. Grief

Posted on May 25, 2020 - by Basia Mosinski

This excerpt is from LOST to FOUND: Surviving the Death of Your Child by Basia Mosinski. It is available at The survival instinct is strong but not stronger than grief. Many […]

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Widowing and Social Distancing: Tips for Staying Connected

Posted on May 25, 2020 - by Kerry Phillips

Widowhood is already isolating, and now with social distancing, it can be an even lonelier existence. Here are a few tips to stay active, engaged, and connected: Remember this too […]

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‘Speaking Grief’

Posted on May 25, 2020 - by Elizabeth Brady

On Tuesday, May 5, Speaking Grief aired on WPSU and other public television stations across the country. The aim of the documentary is to “create a more grief-aware society by […]

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Bereavement Struggles During COVID-19

Posted on May 22, 2020 - by Gloria Horsley

As we know, we are experiencing life and death during unprecedented times. That means that all the things we did do to address bereavement and loss aren’t possible right now. […]

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My Loved One Died and the Grief Hurts

Posted on May 13, 2020 - by Larry Patten

This is an excerpt from Larry Patten’s A Companion for the Hospice Journey which is available on Amazon or though his website Hospice Matters.   He has died. She has […]

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Happiness After Loss is a Choice

Posted on May 11, 2020 - by Gloria Horsley

Are you afraid you will never be happy again after experiencing a loss? Many people feel that way after losing a loved one or they feel guilty at the thought […]

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What’s in a Name?

Posted on May 9, 2020 - by Judy Lipson

Being pregnant with my first child several years after losing my sister Jane, there was no question in my mind of wanting to name the child for my late sister. […]

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Sacred ‘Force’ Brings Contact Between Mother and Deceased Daughter

Posted on May 8, 2020 - by Lois Schaffer

I have always appreciated connections, family and friends alike.  After the death of my daughter, those connections became even more important. Sharing stories about her are cathartic and a means […]

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