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Turning Less Into More

Posted on May 15, 2019 - by Tambre Leighn

Well, that was unexpected. It seems, even when dozens and dozens of years have passed, grief, and what triggers it, can still surprise me. I’m writing this on Mother’s Day. […]

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‘Reply All’: Celebrating Mother’s Day on Email

Posted on May 11, 2019 - by Beth Marshall

This Mother’s Day, I’m thinking about not only my mom, Beazy, but also about my one-in-a-million grand mom, Nana! Both will be celebrating the day in Heaven. I hope — […]

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Boy’s Don’t Cry…right?  WRONG!  And That’s Okay

Posted on May 8, 2019 - by Herb Knoll

  From the time little boys are first able to walk, in some cases even before they can walk, parents begin shaping the psyche of their sons by telling them, […]

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Four Things that Helped Me When my Friend, Sarah, Died

Posted on April 27, 2019 - by Heidi Gessner

“If I had a flower or every time I thought of you, I could walk through my garden forever.” — Alfred Tennyson “I have some sad news about my sister […]

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The Breath of Life is a Touch from Heaven

Posted on April 11, 2019 - by Nina Impala

  Our hearts continue beating no matter the sadness and visceral pain we experience when a love one dies. What else can our breathing do? Let me invite you to […]

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Celebration Service Brings Mother Solace

Posted on April 7, 2019 - by Shirley Wiles-Dickinson

My 40-year-old son, Jeff, passed away very unexpectedly on 12/13/2018. I thought my sister’s death was the worse thing I would ever go through. Then Jeff died. It is difficult […]

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Bereaved Military Family Members and Veterans Invited to Participate in Grief Study

Posted on April 7, 2019 - by admin

Guest Column by Stephen J. Cozza, M.D Memorial Day is coming and our nation will pause to honor the service and sacrifice of our fallen military service members. Deaths in […]

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Grief Through the Rearview Mirror

Posted on April 7, 2019 - by Tambre Leighn

This big, horrible thing happens. You lose the person with whom you chose to partner for the challenging, amazing, and, sometimes, scary thing called life. Each of us has our […]

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Well-Dressed Grief

Posted on March 22, 2019 - by Larry Patten

He was dressed for success. His suit was charcoal gray, shirt the blue of a perfect spring sky, both complimented by an elegant tie. Since the gentleman had just entered […]

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It’s Not Time That Heals Our Wounds

Posted on March 8, 2019 - by Annah Elizabeth

  Time heals all wounds. The message has been passed down for centuries, used in memes, mimes, and has come out of many mouths from those who wish to offer […]

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