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After Child-Loss, Joy Can Return

Posted on February 17, 2019 - by Jill Smoot

After the death of our son, I read a verse in the Bible that said, “weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)  I […]

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Finding EMDR to help with Grief

Posted on February 15, 2019 - by Catherine McNulty

My favorite quote is from Earl Grollman when he says, “The only cure for grief, is to grieve.”  I spent a good two years lost in the throes of loss […]

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Death as Teacher

Posted on February 11, 2019 - by Greg Adams

  Death is thought of in many ways. As an (or the) enemy or as a sad and tragic reality. Sometimes as an essential part of the natural cycle of […]

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Surviving Widowhood: Check Your Track Record

Posted on February 10, 2019 - by Kerry Phillips

There is something about widowhood that brings you to your knees. I remember feeling trapped in an alternative universe trying to make sense of the chaos that surrounded me. The […]

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Healing Through the Decades After a Child Dies

Posted on February 10, 2019 - by Stacy Parker

I am a bereaved parent. For so long, that title has defined me and the person I am now. My first daughter was born in 1995 and had a rare […]

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Safety in the Silence

Posted on February 10, 2019 - by Nina Impala

Silence can be a very safe and sacred place when one is grieving. Recently, I spoke with a woman who had a very tragic sudden death in her life. She […]

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The Wound Time Won’t Heal

Posted on February 10, 2019 - by Maria Kubitz

Time heals all wounds. We’ve all heard it. Sounds incredibly hopeful for someone who’s drowning in grief. Except when time doesn’t heal your wound.  Not enough time. It’s been years […]

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A Daughter, a Mother and an Unexpected Passing: Darkness Followed by a Bright Moment

Posted on February 6, 2019 - by Emily Kil

My wife and I are owners of a company that provides what technically is known as biohazard remediation. We provide cleanup and sanitization services when people are dealing with the […]

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Dropping into Memory

Posted on February 4, 2019 - by Mike Russell

Anniversaries come and go but some linger like the drops of rain hanging on the humming bird feeder outside.  They don’t want to let go and so they hang on […]

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Sometimes Men Need Their Own Sandbox

Posted on February 4, 2019 - by Herb Knoll

  Something was wrong.  Men who followed the Facebook page, “Widowers Support Network,” just weren’t actively using it as a grief recovery tool. Then, in March of 2018, it hit […]

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