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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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Grief of Chronic Illness

Posted on March 4, 2019 - by Harriet Hodgson

  After three bouts of living with an irregular, rapid heartbeat (atrial fibrillation), I was diagnosed with acute heart failure. Though I knew I was having heart problems, I didn’t […]

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Five Signs of Love’s Eternal Essence

Posted on February 25, 2019 - by Annah Elizabeth

  Valentine’s Day has come and gone for millions of happy couples, friends, children, and parents who celebrate this Day of Love, but for countless people who have lost a […]

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A Lonely Death in Palm Springs

Posted on February 22, 2019 - by Emily Kil

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. – Bishop Desmond Tutu Palm Springs. Frank Sinatra. Elizabeth Taylor. Liberace. Mickey Rooney.  Bob Hope. […]

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Suicide, Betrayal and Coming Home

Posted on February 18, 2019 - by Elaine Voci

“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, Love leaves a memory no one can steal.”  an epitaph from a headstone in Ireland I stared at the plain paper note […]

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