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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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No Outsourcing the ‘Why’ in Grief

Posted on October 31, 2019 - by Greg Adams

We are possessed by words. We are wordy creatures. We talk, write, text, sing, shout, and whisper words…all the time. We ponder what we said, what they said, and what […]

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Life is NOT About Rainbows and Unicorns

Posted on October 31, 2019 - by Danita Ogandaga

Do you remember your life as a child in elementary school? The times when you would run on the playground with a kite in your hand and just run, with […]

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Give Yourself a G.I.F.T. This Holiday Season

Posted on October 31, 2019 - by Kerry Phillips

The holidays are a time of togetherness and family traditions. It’s even been dubbed the “most wonderful time of the year.” But for many in the widowed community, it can […]

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