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Communicating Your Needs When Grieving

Posted on February 4, 2023 - by Beth Marshall

“Call if you need anything.” You may have heard this well-intended offer, but chances are you never called back. Here’s a straightforward way to communicate your needs when grieving. As you […]

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Writing When Life Hurts

Posted on February 1, 2023 - by Beth Marshall

After losing three close family members in five years, I remember feeling overwhelmed as waves of unanticipated emotions would roll in like a storm. How long would this intense sorrow […]

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Feeling Sad or Being Sad?

Posted on January 30, 2023 - by Greg Adams

Are We Feeling Sad or Being Sad? Do you ever hear a story or a comment that really stays with you? It hangs out in the back of your mind […]

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Why Some Widows Choose Not to Date Again

Posted on January 28, 2023 - by Samantha Ruth

Being a widow is hard. Anywhere! Starting over in a new area adds more layers of adjustment. I’ve been meeting people and attending events, but it’s a lot of couples. […]

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Finding Purpose and Meaning in Our Older Years

Posted on January 26, 2023 - by Jacqui Coombe

Enrich Your Life with Meaning There’s a common myth that life happens in three stages. That life is linear and that there is a clear path that moves from education […]

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Father Writes a Musical for Deceased Son

Posted on January 23, 2023 - by Larry Hirschhorn

A Shocking Loss My son Aaron Hirschhorn died in a boating accident in Miami bay on March 28, 2022. He was a month shy of 43 years old. He left […]

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Conscious Grieving

Posted on January 23, 2023 - by Lisa Irish

Note: Lisa Irish is offering an online workshop on Jan. 28, 2023. For more information,  https://www.lisairish.com/event/attending-to-grief-hope-in-a-changing-world/ What is Conscious Grieving? Most people think grief is something to be endured or […]

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Bleak Midwinter after Loss

Posted on January 18, 2023 - by Gail Norwood

A bleak midwinter silently advanced and settled in, both seasonally and in my soul. Gray, dreary January days reflected my dismal mood. Like a tomb, it was cold in the […]

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Grief Loves Company: After a Sibling-Loss

Posted on January 15, 2023 - by Sue Trace Lawrence

Losing a Sibling is Unique Losing a sibling is different from other losses. At times I find myself becoming extremely nostalgic, and it is difficult not having a cohort with […]

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Sibling Survivors Need Connection

Posted on January 12, 2023 - by Sue Trace Lawrence

Being a sibling survivor can make one feel like an alien at times. There may be a classroom full of students who are dealing with a divorce at home. But […]

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