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After Husband’s Death, Dreams Must be Reinvented

Posted on April 10, 2024 - by Christine Thiele

Dreams Die with Your Spouse One of the hardest struggles I’ve found about widowhood is that the life you had before pretty much dies with your spouse. Well, at least […]

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Soul and Grief Connection

Posted on April 8, 2024 - by Ilana Estelle

The soul and grief are deeply intertwined in many spiritual and philosophical traditions. It’s only natural that after someone dies, those they leave behind will start to question and want […]

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When a Child Dies of Drug Addiction

Posted on April 8, 2024 - by Joni Norby

A Child Dies of Drug Addiction Ben was an addict. That declaration is enormously painful and takes even more courage to write than Ben died at age nineteen. He was […]

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Entering a New Relationship after Death of a Life Partner

Posted on March 30, 2024 - by Vicki Panagotacos, PhD FT

Ready to Enter a New Relationship One of the most charming questions I ever received in one of my second-year spousal-loss classes came from a middle-aged man named Sam. He […]

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Do We Ever ‘Get Over’ the Death of a Child?

Posted on March 27, 2024 - by Anne Dionne

Getting Over a Child-Loss There was a time when I believed that people should “get over” their grief by the 12th month following a loss. After all, isn’t that what […]

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Loss of a Child: A Pain Like No Other

Posted on March 26, 2024 - by Louise Lagerman

A Pain Like No Other All loss is hard. All loss is lonely. But there is something about child-loss that puts it in a unique category. I have experienced other […]

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Poem Eases Sister’s Pain

Posted on March 25, 2024 - by Judy Lipson

After our sister Jane’s death, Margie and I, working long retail hours, did not communicate very often. Although we did not speak about our loss, Margie sent me a poem […]

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Unsolved Homicides May Destabilize Survivors

Posted on March 25, 2024 - by Lori Grande

Unsolved Homicides Destabilize Many Lives Homicide is a complicated loss, and its reflection resides in a constant state of metamorphosis with each new experience that follows in its wake.  In […]

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Grief and Joy Merge in Love

Posted on March 25, 2024 - by Judy Lipson

Grief is Love, Joy is Love What words come to mind when we think of love? I think of emotion, devotion, adoration, and respect. Each person may have their own […]

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Love is Stronger than Death

Posted on March 25, 2024 - by Harriet Hodgson

I was a member of the church choir for 20 years. A line from one of the songs we sang keeps rattling around in my mind: “Love is stronger than […]

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