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Using Linking Objects on Mother’s Day

Posted on May 1, 2021 - by Harriet Hodgson

“I’ve come to see the flag,” she declared. The flag waved outside a rehabilitation floor window. The woman parked her walker, sat down, and peered at the flag. “Look at […]

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Transforming Suffering into Purpose

Posted on April 21, 2021 - by Claire Willis

Devoting to a Cause We’ve all heard of courageous people who after experiencing a painful loss, transform their suffering into passion, purpose, and community. The word passion derives from the […]

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Discovering Lifelines While Grieving

Posted on April 20, 2021 - by Faith Wilcox

Lifelines can rescue you after the death of a loved one. I understand this firsthand. Why? Because my thirteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, was treated for one year for a rare pediatric […]

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Grief Can Take Our Breath Away. Bring Yours Back.

Posted on April 20, 2021 - by Sheena Nancy Sarles

Our grief literally takes our breath away. We weep so hard that we cannot breath.  We meet the shock of our loss with a gasp, a gap in our breathing. […]

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Our Aching Earth: When We Grieve About Our Natural World

Posted on April 20, 2021 - by Claire Willis

Species are Threatened We don’t have to look far to read or hear about the devastating events that are happening in the world around us. Everybody knows this on some […]

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Finding Your Way From Loss to Peace

Posted on March 31, 2021 - by Claire Willis

The ending of this “story” is happy…. There is joy to be found in realizing that long-held, shame-filled, buried grief, however painful, can be uncovered, looked at, handled tenderly, shared, […]

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Begin Grieving With Kindness to Yourself

Posted on March 31, 2021 - by Claire Willis

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” ~ His Holiness the Dalai Lama Offer Yourself Great Kindness No one can say or hear this enough: The weeks, months, and […]

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Crisis is a Chance to Address the Big Questions in Life

Posted on March 31, 2021 - by Brian Smith

“Who am I?” and “Why am I here?” These are the big questions of life. We call these existential questions because, without the answers, we suffer from an existential crisis. […]

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A Son’s Belongings Bring Longings

Posted on March 19, 2021 - by Fran Gerstein

Since my son Daniel died on February 28, 2014, the month of February has been rife with memories, his ghost popping up seemingly at whim.  His presence and absence coalesce, […]

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Hope Is Our Anchor

Posted on March 17, 2021 - by Elaine Voci

Storm is Coming There once was an old sailor who had been seasoned by his life on the sea to know that storms were a frequent part of the world.  […]

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