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Inscribing a Headstone: The Importance of Tradition

Posted on April 21, 2022 - by Larry Hirschhorn

Headstone for a Son My son Aaron died this past March in a boating accident. He was 42 years old. He leaves behind a wife, three children and heartbroken parents. […]

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Grief is a Dancer

Posted on April 21, 2022 - by Alisa Bair

Grief is a Dancer Grief is a dancer full of kinetic energy. At first, the stranger shows up with a dance card at the most devastatingly inconvenient time. The dance […]

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Gifts in the Pain

Posted on April 14, 2022 - by Mike Bernhardt

Gifts in the Pain My wife Susan died unexpectedly in April 1991, the Sunday after Easter. I could never have imagined beforehand how transformative an experience that would be. Nothing […]

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When Grieving, Listen to Yourself

Posted on April 14, 2022 - by Samantha Ruth

Meltdowns Come and Go Last week, I had a meltdown. Ok, a major meltdown! And I realized that I STILL need to give myself permission to grieve.  Almost two years […]

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From Grief to Gratitude: How We Get There

Posted on April 14, 2022 - by Stedman Stevens

From Grief to Gratitude As we live through the pandemic, all of us feel the unusual weight in the air and sense the loss of how our lives used to […]

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Dear Motherless Daughter: As Mother’s Day Approaches

Posted on April 14, 2022 - by Mershon Niesner

Dear Motherless Daughter, You’re probably not looking forward to Mother’s Day this year—or any year. I’ve been motherless since I was eight and I still don’t look forward to Mother’s […]

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Don’t Rush Grief

Posted on April 12, 2022 - by Karla Noland

Grief didn’t strike me the moment my mother died. Instead, my grief began when I realized my mother was dying, which was on her 78th birthday. Shock, disbelief, and sadness […]

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Accepting the Hand You’re Dealt

Posted on April 11, 2022 - by Mershon Niesner

Bitter or Better “You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a […]

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How to Say Farewell

Posted on April 11, 2022 - by Dr. Edward Creagan

Familiarity with Dying I have dedicated my life to death. For over forty winters at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, I have been at the bedside with over 40,000 […]

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As My Mother Lay Dying

Posted on April 11, 2022 - by Karla Noland

Not Much Time Left A week before Thanksgiving, my aunt called me and said my mother didn’t have much time left, and the nurse on call at the hospice facility […]

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