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‘Soul Senses’ Can Help with Grief

Posted on October 28, 2023 - by Candace Lynn Talmadge

‘Soul Senses’ Can Help with Grief The soul senses are the primary means by which we are able to apply the principles of love, connection, and trust. We need the […]

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Can a Séance be Healing?

Posted on October 27, 2023 - by Candace Lynn Talmadge

Can a Séance be Healing? The séance is probably the most misunderstood and thus abused and debased of all spiritual practices. The very word immediately brings to mind what most […]

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Widowed Parent Has Extra Struggles

Posted on October 23, 2023 - by Jenny Lisk

Widowed Parents If you’d spotted us — four women in our 40s, laughing, chatting, and drinking wine — you’d be forgiven for assuming we were merely busy parents, stressed-out professionals, […]

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Preparing for Your Winter of Grief

Posted on October 16, 2023 - by Bradie Hansen

Preparing for Your Winter of Grief In Vermont where I live, the change of seasons brings a significant shift of feeling and sensation. The sounds change as birds migrate, cicadas’ […]

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Memory Boxes Help Daughter Let Go

Posted on October 16, 2023 - by Sara Striefel

On Labor Day, I spent the afternoon going through memory boxes in my father’s basement. Six white cardboard containers with my name written in Sharpie. As I opened each one, […]

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Sharing the Experience of being a ‘Twinless Twin’

Posted on October 10, 2023 - by Linda Pountney

Being a Twinless Twin As a twinless twin, the emotions I felt were mirrored in other twinless twins I met.  Just listening, for the first time, to other twins tell their […]

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Why Do I Feel Worse Now Than I Did Right After My Husband Died?

Posted on October 9, 2023 - by Melinda Richarz Lyons

The Shock of a Sudden Death Grief counseling was invaluable to me after I lost my husband, Sid. He was only 56 and died very suddenly. There were so many […]

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Finding Hope While Grieving the Planet

Posted on October 2, 2023 - by Ken Breniman

The Weight of Planetary Grief  In an era shadowed by the threat of environmental crises and a profound sense of planetary grief, finding reasons for hope can be a daunting […]

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Doctor Recalls After-Death Experience

Posted on October 2, 2023 - by Kim Pierce

Doctor Recalls After-Death Experience Chief was a friend I met through Facebook, someone struggling to share his extraordinary experience of dying, then returning to life, in 2007. “I died, I […]

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Grief-Induced Fear of Joy

Posted on October 2, 2023 - by Colleen Friesen

Grief-Induced Fear of Joy Early this week as I drove home from work, I was listening to my “Really Great Day” playlist. The songs are positive, and up-beat and I […]

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