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Mantras for Mourning: How to Coexist with Grief

Posted on June 29, 2022 - by Sara Striefel

Mantras for Mourning Two and a half years after my mother’s death, I still discover unexpected ways in which grief opens my heart. I am learning that grief, while painful […]

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Uvalde Murders Trigger Grief

Posted on June 27, 2022 - by Lo Anne Mayer

Uvalde Murders Trigger Grief Ever since our daughter died in 2005, I have experienced heartbreak each time I learn of other children who have died.  My own awareness of the […]

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The Many Losses of COVID: A Survey About Moving Ahead

Posted on June 20, 2022 - by Bob Baugher

The Many Losses of COVID As humans, loss is something we all experience. One way to make sense of this is to look at a number of different types of […]

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Helping Children After Mass Tragedies

Posted on June 20, 2022 - by Bob Baugher

Children Shocked by Mass Tragedies In 1963, it was the assassination of a president. In 1986, it was the explosion of the Space Shuttle witnessed by millions of children on […]

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Remembering Dakota: Sibling Loss and Its Impacts

Posted on June 14, 2022 - by Skye Page

Brother Died Before I Was Born When was the first time I learned about death? I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know about it. Hi, I’m Skye, and […]

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Grieving Children, Teens Have All the Feelings

Posted on June 13, 2022 - by Greg Adams

Grieving People Have All the Feelings Sometimes a death impacts a school or community organization, like a church or Boy Scout troop. A child or teacher dies, and I am […]

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Getting Through my First Father’s Day Without Dad

Posted on June 13, 2022 - by Brooke Carlock

‘You No Longer Have a Dad’ I never did much for my dad on Father’s Day.  We didn’t have any particular traditions to mark the occasion.  It was the same […]

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All of Us Grieve After Mass Shootings

Posted on June 13, 2022 - by Samantha Ruth

Every single day, I’m seeing news of another mass shooting. It’s not okay. And more than expressing our concern about gun laws, we need to have the conversations about grief. All […]

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When a Spouse Dies Suddenly: Two-Week Game Plan

Posted on June 8, 2022 - by Kristin Meekhof

When a Spouse Dies Suddenly What do you do when your spouse dies suddenly? First, contact medical or other authorities. Then call a friend, neighbor, or relative to be with […]

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Can We be Free of Pain?

Posted on June 1, 2022 - by Bernie Siegel

At workshops, I frequently ask people if they would like to be free of pain, emotional and physical. If they say yes, I ask them to take my phone number […]

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