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Wishing Doesn’t Change Things

Posted on August 3, 2023 - by Anne Peterson

I’m sixteen, tired from my shift at the snack shop with Dad. All I want to do is go to bed. I’m not even going to church tomorrow, I decide. […]

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Connecting to your Deceased Child’s Spirit

Posted on August 2, 2023 - by Lisa Boehm

Grief after child loss is not only about the immense ‘missing’. It’s also about finding a new way to feel connected to your child. It’s about finding new ways to […]

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Maintaining Contact with the Dead Heals Some Grievers

Posted on August 2, 2023 - by Bradie Hansen

Excerpt from: The Long Grief Journey: How Long-Term Unresolved Grief Can Affect Your Mental Health and What to Do About It, by Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D., and Bradie Hansen, M.A. […]

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Drug Deaths Leave Epidemic of Grief

Posted on August 2, 2023 - by Laura Vargas

Drug Deaths Leave Epidemic of Grief Last month, the CDC released a statistic that should horrify the nation—provisional data indicates 2022 surpassed 2021’s record-breaking number of drug-related deaths: over 109,000 […]

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Broken by Grief: A Sister’s Death by Domestic Violence

Posted on August 1, 2023 - by Anne Peterson

Broken by Grief As writers, we are often told to write about what we know. And I know grief. We lost our sister Peggy to domestic violence. So in addition […]

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Living with the Knowledge of Our Mortality

Posted on July 31, 2023 - by Greg Adams

Knowledge of Our Mortality Sometimes they are nudges. Other times, pokes. More rarely, thankfully, they are punches in the gut. Most often, I think of them as “mortality slaps.” Whatever […]

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Lessons from Wild Boy

Posted on July 27, 2023 - by Alice Wisler

Lessons from Wild Boy He was a toddler who played with plastic dinosaurs, Tonka trucks, and dirt. His older sister made me feel like an accomplished mama because whenever I […]

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This Could Save Your Life: Writing Through Tragedy

Posted on July 25, 2023 - by Alice Wisler

“It is, in the end, the saving of lives we writers are about. We do it because we care. We care because we know this: the life we save is […]

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Tasks and Needs of Mourning

Posted on July 23, 2023 - by Dr. Beth Hewett

Tasks of Mourning Psychologist Dr. William Worden’s four tasks of mourning give grounding to much of grief research today. Worden saw mourning as the outward expression of grief. The tasks […]

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Making Sense of Grief Through Mindful Writing

Posted on July 21, 2023 - by Dr. Beth Hewett

Making Sense of Grief Through Mindful Writing One way to address grief-filled paradigm change and transition is to engage in mindful writing exercises. Telling one’s story mindfully means sharing it […]

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