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Avoiding Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

Posted on December 7, 2023 - by Harriet Hodgson

Burnout and Compassion Fatigue My husband John’s illness progressed, and self-care became harder. I felt like I was playing a bad game of catch-up. No matter how hard I tried, […]

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In Search of Healthy Grieving

Posted on December 6, 2023 - by Harriet Hodgson

In Search of Healthy Grieving I wanted to experience “healthy grieving.” These words often appear in grief articles and books. Did healthy grieving mean sobbing like crazy, being confused, or […]

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The Comfort of Linking Objects 

Posted on December 5, 2023 - by Harriet Hodgson

The Comfort of Linking Objects Giving away linking objects is part of my story. Linking objects are things that belong to the deceased person, such as a watch, a bread […]

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Are You Making Progress in Your Grief?

Posted on November 21, 2023 - by Beth Marshall

So how do you know if you’re making progress on this messy journey called grief? I remember going through seasons where a trigger would wipe me out or tears would […]

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Holding On, Letting Go After Husband’s Death

Posted on November 20, 2023 - by Harriet Hodgson

What I Let Go Of After my husband died, I had to decide what to let go of and what to hold onto. I let go of John’s companionship. John […]

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Funeral Provides Children with Full Picture of Dad

Posted on November 20, 2023 - by Ken Lefkowitz

Funeral Provides Children with Full Picture of Dad During the day of my father Leo’s funeral, his sons were treated to much praise and tributes from members of the Factory […]

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Widower Honors Both Deceased Wives

Posted on November 20, 2023 - by Peter Lichtenberg

Peter A. Lichtenberg, PhD was inducted into the Radnor High School Hall of Fame on Friday, November 10, in Radnor, Penn. Peter was honored for his work and impact on the […]

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Don’t Shield Your Children from Grief

Posted on November 19, 2023 - by Beth Marshall

In our predominantly fun childhood, the one thing kids were never allowed to do was to participate in the funeral-related activities when someone passed away. Grief and sadness were simply […]

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Questions You May Ask in Your Pain

Posted on November 17, 2023 - by Beth Marshall

During the intense period after the loss of my favorite people, many questions ran through my mind. These are questions you might ask in your pain. Will the tsunami of […]

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One Step at a Time: Through the ‘Dark Valley,’

Posted on November 15, 2023 - by Beth Marshall

After months of trying to outrun the ache and sprint toward some imaginary silver lining, I realized that running from the pain can leave you crushed, lonely, and confused. In […]

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