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Finding Authenticity Through Grief

Posted on September 11, 2023 - by Dr. Carol Leibovich Mankes

Finding Authenticity Through Grief Seven years ago, I embarked on a journey that would redefine the very essence of who I was. Becoming a solo mom after a lifetime spent […]

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Grief Has Many Emotions

Posted on August 28, 2023 - by Anne Peterson

Grief Has Many Emotions With my mother gone and my father gone, I often felt abandoned. I’d look around and notice other families. Families that seemed happy. But seeing them […]

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Grief of Unsolved Homicides

Posted on August 28, 2023 - by Lori Grande

Grief of Unsolved Homicides Unsolved homicide leaves co-victims within the same body, but of a different mind; feeling defeated and bound to the criminal justice system which usurps the instinctual […]

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After Daughter Dies, Mother Heals Slowly

Posted on August 17, 2023 - by Nina Norstrom

After a Daughter Dies The experience of my daughter’s illness and death had seemingly sent me to hell and back. I became engulfed by rage, and my depression had finally […]

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Sitting With My Daughter’s Body

Posted on August 16, 2023 - by Nina Norstrom

Sitting With My Daughter’s Body When we walked toward China’s room, a cold wave passed through my body. On approaching the door, I noticed it was shut. “Why, why is […]

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When Your Teen Daughter Clings to Life

Posted on August 15, 2023 - by Nina Norstrom

When Your Teen Daughter Clings to Life China was readmitted to South Suburban Hospital after having been released. The fear of losing her bonded our family. Many a night, the […]

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When Your Teen Daughter Becomes Ill

Posted on August 14, 2023 - by Nina Norstrom

When Your Teen Daughter Becomes Ill China’s eagerness to attend school was overwhelming; she was excited about becoming a senior. Despite her illness, my daughter met her class assignments. The […]

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Feeling the Loss of her Brothers

Posted on August 11, 2023 - by Anne Peterson

Feeling the Loss of her Brothers On February 18, my brother George was having a procedure done. A stent was being put in his heart. I could feel my anxiety […]

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Living Children Come First After Loss

Posted on August 8, 2023 - by Ken Lefkowitz

My wife and I have lost two children, and we have three living children. One day, my wife spoke to me about her ambivalence about visiting the graves of our […]

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Widower Keeps Both Wives’ Memories Alive

Posted on August 5, 2023 - by Peter Lichtenberg

Widower Keeps Wives’ Memories Alive In 2022, Dr. Sara Hackett published a paper describing how widows and widowers continue to depend on their romantic partners after those partners have died.  […]

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