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Why Do I Feel So Guilty?

Posted on July 20, 2020 - by Catherine McNulty

In my humble opinion, western society drastically underestimates the magnitude of grief.  Losing someone you love can be one of the most traumatic events many people will face.  Death and […]

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‘Put Your Feet on the Floor’: After a Child-Loss

Posted on July 14, 2020 - by Mary Jane Hurley Brant

From When Every Day Matters: A Mother’s Memoir on Love, Loss and Life (Simple Abundance Press) on Amazon December 2, 1999 Dear Katie, Your dad and I are beginning again.  […]

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Anticipatory Grief: As the End Nears

Posted on July 11, 2020 - by Harriet Hodgson

Anticipatory grief—a feeling of loss before a death or dreaded event—is a powerful mix of emotions. It is also a unique form of grief. Perhaps the most unusual aspect is […]

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Fear at the Door, Rest Inside

Posted on July 8, 2020 - by Nathan Peterson

In the spring of 2012, I heard this word: “Rest.” I knew this word was important. I knew it held something of great value — something good for me. But […]

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A Grieving Mother’s Bill of Rights

Posted on July 8, 2020 - by Harriet Hodgson

  I have the right to lose track of conversations. I have the right to thank others for bad advice and ignore it. I have the right to put things […]

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The Gravity of Black Grief

Posted on July 8, 2020 - by Greg Adams

Let’s be clear right up front. For so many things in the grief and loss world, I just don’t get it. I have never been pregnant, felt the movement of […]

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When Nothing Seems to Matter: Surviving the Death of Your Child

Posted on July 2, 2020 - by Basia Mosinski

This is an excerpt from LOST to FOUND: Surviving the Death of Your Child by Basia Mosinski, which is available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720222657 We cried and cried and cried. We were in […]

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What Kind of Courage Does Grief Require?

Posted on June 25, 2020 - by Elaine Voci

This is an excerpt from The Five Most Harmful Myths About Grief by Elaine Voci, Ph.D. which is available on Amazon.com In writing this booklet, my purpose is to contribute […]

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Who is the Lost Loved One? Us.

Posted on June 16, 2020 - by Basia Mosinski

This is an excerpt of LOST to FOUND: Surviving the Death of Your Child by Basia Mosinski, available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720222657 Often in grief circles we hear the term ‘loss’, as if […]

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‘Crazy’ Grief Dreams Often the Most Profound

Posted on June 9, 2020 - by Lois Schaffer

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life without them is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. — Langston Hughes.   I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge […]

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