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My Father’s Conscious Dying

Posted on June 10, 2024 - by Julie Nierenberg

My Father’s Conscious Living As Father’s Day approaches, memories bubble up of my beloved dad. I grew up feeling valued by him, and as a kid, I was always willing […]

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Self-Care in Grief: Woman in a Blue Padded Folding Chair

Posted on June 10, 2024 - by Anne Abel

Woman In A Blue Padded Folding Chair Stop. Breathe. Be. Inhale. Exhale. Wait. I’m sitting in a blue padded folding chair in the basement of a church trying to learn […]

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Grief During Chronic Illness

Posted on June 4, 2024 - by Melanie Pensak

Grief During Chronic Illness I remember when I started to hear the word “chronic” from the mouths of people that were involved in my health. I recall the acupuncturist who […]

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When God Leads You to a Parent’s Deathbed

Posted on May 27, 2024 - by Anne Peterson

I got used to living a fatherless life, even before he died. When I thought about him, it was always followed by guilt, and then I would actually stutter. It […]

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When One Loss Follows Another

Posted on May 27, 2024 - by Anne Peterson

I’m 12 years old and our family is living in a 3rd floor apartment. The phone rings on this summer day. Mom answers. I watch the color leave her face. […]

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Finding God’s Comfort Through Loss

Posted on May 27, 2024 - by Anne Peterson

Finding God’s Comfort Through Loss “Just go downstairs and wait for your aunt, she’ll be here soon,” my mom said. I can hardly wait. Our aunt is taking us to […]

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A Writer’s Attempt to Outrun Grief

Posted on May 20, 2024 - by Robin Finn

A Writer’s Attempt to Outrun Grief I set my timer for twenty minutes and vow to write without stopping. I tell myself not to judge, not to edit, not to […]

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Handling Your Own End-of-Life Planning: A Thoughtful Goodbye

Posted on May 20, 2024 - by Kathleen Rehl

Handling Your Own End-of-Life Planning Each of us will eventually have to confront death. My late husband, Tom, died in my arms several years ago. Less than two months later, […]

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Space to Heal: Finding Meaning after Loss

Posted on May 20, 2024 - by Ilana Estelle

Coping with the death of my twin has been an incredibly challenging and personal experience. Finding meaning and purpose in the aftermath has and continues to be a deeply personal […]

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The Magic of a Child’s Grief

Posted on May 14, 2024 - by Anne Abel

Son’s Grief Opens a Door I got a belated birthday card from my mother for my 41st birthday. “To Our Wonderful Daughter,” was scripted on the front, in gold, above […]

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