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Unanswered Emails

Posted on December 8, 2019 - by Carol Henderson

In the poem, “Note,” Ellie Schoenfeld writes that she is still sometimes surprised and angry that she receives no calls or emails from the dead. Death should be a place […]

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Is Suffering Necessary?

Posted on November 26, 2019 - by Nina Impala

I have been thinking a lot about suffering, how much we suffer in a lifetime. There seems to be no way of escaping it. The short version for this? We […]

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How to Handle Grief When You Return to Work

Posted on November 26, 2019 - by Ralph Macey

  “So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.” – E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly, One of the most difficult […]

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What Is Broken Heart Syndrome?

Posted on November 15, 2019 - by Peggy Bell

Research tells us that grief is one of the most stressful events we will ever experience in our lifetime. If you have ever lost a spouse, you understand the pain […]

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Rejoice Even in Times of Sorrow

Posted on November 15, 2019 - by Jill Smoot

Some years ago  I was given a candle for Christmas called, “ Fallen Snow.” When I lit it, the scent was nothing like the clean, crisp smell of real snow, […]

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Advent: A Visit in the Darkest Hours

Posted on November 12, 2019 - by Elizabeth Brady

During the season of Advent 2003, I was eight months pregnant with Mack. Iz had just turned six and was dressed as an angel having participated in the Christmas Eve […]

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‘Because of You’: Letter to a Daughter Who Has Died

Posted on November 10, 2019 - by Lisa Boehm

Dear Katie, Losing you was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. It broke me into a million pieces, but I knew you didn’t want me to stay […]

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There’s a Kind of Crying You Do…

Posted on November 10, 2019 - by Susan Troccolo

There’s a kind of crying you do just once in awhile. It leaves your ribs aching, your eyes burning, and your heart so bruised that you realize you can’t live […]

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This is Your Life, Your Pain, and Your Story

Posted on November 10, 2019 - by Catherine McNulty

Hope.  When I ask those who are grieving what they need most, they say “hope”.  They want confidence that they can get through the process, that they won’t be miserable […]

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Choosing a Retirement Community is about Living and Dying

Posted on November 8, 2019 - by Harriet Hodgson

My husband and I have faced many health challenges. In May, I was in acute heart failure and had open heart surgery. Now I have a pig valve in my […]

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