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Cleaning Out the Closet of a Deceased Loved One

Posted on March 12, 2024 - by Rachel Kodanaz

Cleaning Out the Closet With the longer days of summer upon us, it might be the right time to tackle the organizing of your spouse/partner’s personal belonging. “Cleaning out your […]

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How I Surrendered to the Grief of Losing My Husband

Posted on March 9, 2024 - by Jennifer Hawkins

The Grief of Losing My Husband On February 4, 2009, I woke up to find that my husband had died in his sleep from an undetected heart condition. He was […]

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Twins: Connected in Life and Death

Posted on March 8, 2024 - by Linda Pountney

Twins: Connected in Life and Death As a twin myself, the death of actor and identical twin Jon Hager was especially fascinating. Jon and Jim Hager co-starred in the old […]

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Signs and Dreams from our Children

Posted on March 7, 2024 - by Louise Lagerman

Signs and Dreams from our Children Dreams and signs of our children. Do they really exist? Are dreams and signs a technique our deceased children use to contact us to […]

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Widower Ponders What to do With the Ring

Posted on March 6, 2024 - by Richard Ballo

What Do I Do with the Ring? Eight months after my wife Lisa died of cancer, I sat in our bedroom staring at my gold wedding band, the symbol of […]

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Knowing About Grief Helps with Grieving

Posted on March 4, 2024 - by Bradie Hansen

Knowing About Grief Helps with Grieving My father died almost two weeks ago after two weeks in the ICU. For most of that time, he was on a ventilator. My […]

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Grief Can Transform the Future

Posted on March 4, 2024 - by Ilana Estelle

Grief can throw a spanner in the works, but it can also bring acceptance and closure positively, so long as we’re honest with ourselves. Our experiences can distort our perception […]

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Parentlessness with Parents

Posted on March 2, 2024 - by S. Dione Mitchell

The Realization I have 4 parents and yet most times, I feel parentless. The Story of My Parents The story of my parents began in the midst of two affairs […]

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The Invisibility of Grief

Posted on February 26, 2024 - by S. Dione Mitchell

The Visibility of Change My children are tweens/teens. When I think about their development throughout the years, it is clear and tangible to me the ways in which they have […]

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A Spiritual and Healing Journey

Posted on February 26, 2024 - by Ilana Estelle

Spirituality and healing around grief is inevitably an individual and personal journey, with no two people sharing the same experiences. While my interest in spirituality started in childhood, my spiritual […]

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