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Everyone Else is Carrying on with ‘Life as Usual’

Posted on September 13, 2020 - by Bob Baugher

This is an excerpt from the book: Coping with Grief: A Guide for the Bereaved Survivor by Bob Baugher. You can order it at:   At this time in […]

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Embracing the Highs and Lows

Posted on September 9, 2020 - by Bunny Bennett

In facilitating small groups with sometimes noncommunicative teens, my wise colleague suggested beginning the session by asking each participant to share a high and a low.  A high could include […]

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The Grieving Codependent

Posted on September 9, 2020 - by Mary Joye

Codependency is a term that gets tossed around a lot but few seem to know what it really means. Even those who suffer from it can be completely unaware it’s […]

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Why Do I Feel So Guilty?

Posted on July 20, 2020 - by Catherine McNulty

In my humble opinion, western society drastically underestimates the magnitude of grief.  Losing someone you love can be one of the most traumatic events many people will face.  Death and […]

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‘Put Your Feet on the Floor’: After a Child-Loss

Posted on July 14, 2020 - by Mary Jane Hurley Brant

From When Every Day Matters: A Mother’s Memoir on Love, Loss and Life (Simple Abundance Press) on Amazon December 2, 1999 Dear Katie, Your dad and I are beginning again.  […]

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Anticipatory Grief: As the End Nears

Posted on July 11, 2020 - by Harriet Hodgson

Anticipatory grief—a feeling of loss before a death or dreaded event—is a powerful mix of emotions. It is also a unique form of grief. Perhaps the most unusual aspect is […]

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Fear at the Door, Rest Inside

Posted on July 8, 2020 - by Nathan Peterson

In the spring of 2012, I heard this word: “Rest.” I knew this word was important. I knew it held something of great value — something good for me. But […]

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A Grieving Mother’s Bill of Rights

Posted on July 8, 2020 - by Harriet Hodgson

  I have the right to lose track of conversations. I have the right to thank others for bad advice and ignore it. I have the right to put things […]

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The Gravity of Black Grief

Posted on July 8, 2020 - by Greg Adams

Let’s be clear right up front. For so many things in the grief and loss world, I just don’t get it. I have never been pregnant, felt the movement of […]

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When Nothing Seems to Matter: Surviving the Death of Your Child

Posted on July 2, 2020 - by Basia Mosinski

This is an excerpt from LOST to FOUND: Surviving the Death of Your Child by Basia Mosinski, which is available at We cried and cried and cried. We were in […]

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