Harriet Hodgson

Harriet Hodgson has been a freelancer for 38 years, is the author of 36 books, and thousands of print/Internet articles. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists, Minnesota Coalition for Grief Education and Support, and Grief Coalition of Southeastern Minnesota. In 2007 four of her family members died—her daughter (mother of her twin grandchildren), father-in-law, brother (and only sibling), and the twins’ father. Multiple losses shifted the focus of Hodgson’s work from general health to grief resolution and recovery, and she is the author of eight grief resources. Hodgson has appeared on more than 185 radio talk shows, including CBS Radio, dozens of blog talk radio programs, and dozens of television stations, including CNN. In addition to writing for Open to Hope, Hodgson is a contributing writer for The Grief Toolbox website, and The Caregiver Space website. A popular speaker, she has given presentations at public health, Alzheimer’s, hospice, grief, and caregiving conferences. Hodgson’s work is cited in Who’s Who of American Women, World Who’s Who of Women, Contemporary Authors, and other directories. For more information about this busy wife, grandmother, author and family caregiver, please visit www.harriethodgson.com.



Grief of Chronic Illness, 04 Mar 2019

Don’t Fall for These Grief Myths!, 18 Jan 2019

You Know You’re Recovering from Grief When . . ., 21 Aug 2018

Acute Anticipatory Grief: What a Surprise!, 24 May 2018

The Fear of Forgetting, 11 Mar 2018

Hope in a Jar, a Loving Gift for the Bereaved, 16 Oct 2017

Dealing with Painful Memories of a Loved One, 19 Aug 2017

Choosing the ‘Right’ Memorial for Your Loved One, 09 Jul 2017

Why Summer is a Bittersweet Time, 21 Jun 2017

Finding the Strength You Need, 08 Jun 2017

10th Anniversary: Tears at Home Depot, 14 Feb 2017

I Need to Say Her Name: Surviving the Holidays, 21 Dec 2016

Another Thanksgiving, Another Grief Acceptance Step, 22 Nov 2016

Grief’s Linking Objects: The Winnowing Process, 12 Nov 2016

When Sorrow and Joy Collide: Coping with Opposite Emotions, 23 Sep 2016

Is Visiting a Gravesite a Help?, 26 May 2016

Suicide Threats Spark Anticipatory Grief, 17 Feb 2016

Grief Assessment: How am I Doing?, 11 Feb 2016

Finding Christmas and Peace after the Death of a Child, 25 Dec 2015

Assemble Your Holiday Survival Kit Now!, 17 Nov 2015

Delayed Guilt: An Unwelcome, Unproductive Feeling, 08 Aug 2015

Be Aware of Anticipatory Grief, 27 May 2015

Why Affirmation Writing Helps Grief Healing, 26 Jan 2015

Memories Can Help Us Heal Our Grief, 09 Jan 2015

The Thankful Day: Remembering My Loved Ones, 27 Nov 2014

The Thankful Day: Remembering My Loved Ones, 14 Nov 2014

Wedding Day a Lesson in Process of Grief, 24 Oct 2014

Preparing for Winter Blues, Anniversary Reactions, and the Unwelcome Return of Grief, 29 Sep 2014

Jump-Start Your Resilience by Telling Your Grief Story, 18 Sep 2014

Working on Posttraumatic Growth, Another Life Journey, 31 Aug 2014

The Hand-Knit Shawl, a Linking Object and Labor of Love, 11 Jul 2014

Learning How to Talk ‘Grief’, 28 May 2014

Shared Hope: A Source of Comfort and Energy, 19 May 2014

Recovering from a Loss is Up to You, 30 Apr 2014

How Tokens and Linking Objects May Help the Bereaved, 24 Apr 2014

Moving to a New Home Sparks Grief, 21 Apr 2014

Caregiving is an Unavoidable Link to Anticipatory Grief, 14 Mar 2014

The Grief of Disability is Powerful and Life-Changing, 12 Feb 2014

Moving after Loss: The Grief of Leaving the Home You Love, 17 Jan 2014

Creating a Spiritual Path to Healing, 30 Dec 2013

How Can You Bring Holiday Cheer to a Loved One in Intensive Care?, 19 Dec 2013

Keeping Traditions Helps Us to Keep Hope, 18 Dec 2013

For the Bereaved, a Difference Between Optimism and Hope, 10 Dec 2013

Use Your Bereavement Support System Wisely, 20 Nov 2013

Asking for Help with Anticipatory Bereavement, 11 Nov 2013

Anticipatory Grief and its Power, 31 Oct 2013

Thoughts of Holiday Gifts and My Deceased Daughter, 17 Oct 2013

The Good Fairy isn’t Coming and Recovering from Grief is Up to You, 11 Oct 2013

Proactive Steps After a Loss, 05 Oct 2013

Proactive Steps Help You to be Happy Again, 27 Sep 2013

Writing Your Book about Grief: Helpful Tips for Beginning Writers, 12 Sep 2013

Chance Meeting and Comfort in a Discount Store, 26 Aug 2013

Let Me Tell You About My Grief: Releasing Hidden Feelings, 14 Jul 2013

Are You Experiencing Grief, Trauma or Both?, 12 Jul 2013

Promoting Grief Recovery with Pep Talks, 05 Jul 2013

My Daughter’s Spirit is Part of Me, 30 Jun 2013

Painful Memories can be a Bridge to Recovery, 20 Jun 2013

When My Grandkids Come Home Joy Returns, 07 Jun 2013

I Finally Wrote THE LETTER to my Deceased Daughter, 06 Jun 2013

Raising Grandkids: I’m an Empty Nester Again, 28 May 2013

A Mother’s Love Lives On, 11 May 2013

Bereaved Parent Lives Life in Kairos Time, 18 Apr 2013

Boston Deaths and Injuries Disrespect the Miracle of Life, 17 Apr 2013

Walking Your Way Out of Grief, 22 Mar 2013

Your Grieving Style: Is it Helping or Hurting You?, 12 Mar 2013

Anniversary Reactions and a Strange Week, 02 Mar 2013

The Grief Process: Dealing with Painful Memories, 19 Feb 2013

Making Lemonade: Building on Life’s Challenges, 08 Feb 2013

Silence, a Source of Comfort for the Bereaved, 14 Jan 2013

Writing to a Friend in Hospice, 30 Dec 2012

Your Light in the Darkness of Winter and Grief, 27 Dec 2012

After Sandy Hook: Talking to Young Children about Grief, 19 Dec 2012

Christmas Memories of my Daughter, 25 Nov 2012

Daughter’s Fungal Meningitis Scare Causes Anticipatory Grief, 20 Oct 2012

Mindfulness is a Way to Cope with Grief, 01 Oct 2012

Finding Your ‘Essential Self’ after a Loss or Life-Changing Event, 26 Sep 2012

Your Spiritual Path to Grief Healing, 07 Sep 2012

Writing Heartfelt Words Can Lead You Out of the Darkness, 03 Sep 2012

Aurora Tragedy Reminds Us What to Say to Bereaved — and What Not to Say, 23 Jul 2012

Does Staying Busy Get You Through Grief or Lead to Avoidance?, 29 Jun 2012

The Push and Pull of Grief Recovery, 12 Jun 2012

Recovering from Grief: Creating Memorials Helps to Keep Your Child’s Spirit Alive, 13 May 2012

Thoughtful Memorials Keep Your Child’s Spirit Alive, 09 May 2012

A Willingness to Take Chances May Come from Loss and Grief, 03 May 2012

Crying Unexpectedly in the Middle of a Talk, 29 Apr 2012

Counseling for Ambiguous Loss: One Expert’s Approach, 15 Apr 2012

Have You Suffered an Ambiguous Loss?, 08 Apr 2012

Birthdays and Becoming a ‘Grand Family’, 25 Feb 2012

Help Can Come from Unexpected Sources, Like Ukelele Music, 22 Jan 2012

Creating Positive Affirmations for a New Year, 01 Jan 2012

A New Answer to the Question, ‘How are You?’, 27 Dec 2011

Spiritual Women Help Grieving Friends, 25 Nov 2011

Thanksgiving Day Brings Sweet, Sad Memories, 20 Nov 2011

Finding Daughter’s Purse Restarts Grief Four Years Later, 28 Oct 2011

Now I See: Grieving and Raising My Grandchildren, 05 Oct 2011

The Challenges of Relocation Grief, 05 Aug 2011

Mass Murder in Norway Triggers Anticipatory Grief, 30 Jul 2011

Grieving for Deceased Loved One and Broken Relationship, 27 Jun 2011

Not Everyone Benefits from Graveside Visits, 20 Jun 2011

Recipes Link Her to Mother-in-Law, Memories, 06 Jun 2011

Mother Finds Comfort Saying Daughter’s Name, 09 May 2011

The Comfort of a Red Cardinal in Wintertime, 12 Apr 2011

Playing Hide-and-Seek with Grief, 02 Mar 2011

Always Counting: Anniversary of a Daughter’s Death, 23 Feb 2011

How to Listen to Someone Who’s Grieving, 17 Feb 2011

The Tucson Memorial Service: Why did People Applaud?, 13 Jan 2011

Giving Yourself Away – A Source of Comfort When You’re Grieving, 11 Jan 2011

Six Steps to Regaining Balance After a Loss, 26 Dec 2010

Elizabeth Edwards: Woman of Grace, 09 Dec 2010

Grief’s Linking Objects – Why Do We Hold On?, 08 Dec 2010

Avoiding the Victim Role while Mourning, 03 Dec 2010

Using Linking Objects at Thanksgiving Dinner, 22 Nov 2010

Replacing Flashbacks With Happy, Hopeful Images, 16 Nov 2010

Creating a Grief Recovery Bucket List, 14 Oct 2010

Despite Losses, We Can Be Who We Want to Be, 07 Oct 2010

Caregivers Need Time to Let Go, 30 Aug 2010

Laughter is Key to Grief Recovery, 20 Aug 2010

How to Reclaim Power After a Loss, 14 Aug 2010

How to Tell Your Grief Story So Others Will Listen, 23 Jul 2010

Graduation Historic Day for Parentless Children Raised by Grandparents, 01 Jul 2010

10-Minute Exercise Helps in Grieving Process, 30 Jun 2010

Mother Finds Comfort in Living Her Daughter’s Values, 06 Jun 2010

Mourners Can Choose Happiness, a Gift to Themselves, 30 May 2010

Mourners Surrounded by Sacred Moments, 22 May 2010

Multiple Losses Can Increase Isolation, 30 Apr 2010

Coping With Sudden and Traumatic Loss, 19 Apr 2010

Raising my Twin Grandchildren: Endings and Beginnings, 07 Apr 2010

15 Recovery Promises to Make to Yourself, 03 Apr 2010

Prepare Your Response Plan for Grief Triggers, 09 Mar 2010

Conflicting Feelings on Third Anniversary of Daughter’s Death, 23 Feb 2010

As You Grieve, Look for Sacred Moments, 23 Feb 2010

Writing Affirmations Can Help With Grief, 15 Feb 2010

Handling the Most Haunting Memories, 06 Feb 2010

Is it Time for a New Version of Your Grief Story?, 31 Jan 2010

Listening to Haitians’ Stories Crucial in the Days Ahead, 22 Jan 2010

When to Tell – and Not Tell – Your Grief Story, 19 Jan 2010

Anticipatory Grief Can Help You Find Your True Self, 12 Jan 2010

Finding a Reason to Get Up in the Morning, 08 Jan 2010

Restoring Balance After the Death of a Loved One, 02 Jan 2010

As the Mental Picture of Your Loved One Fades, 16 Dec 2009

Three Years into Grief Journey: A Surprising Struggle, 15 Dec 2009

Honor the Deceased, Even if Relationship Was Broken, 10 Dec 2009

Celebrating My Deceased Daughter’s Birthday, 26 Nov 2009

Symbol of Hope Among the Ruins: The Painted Heart, 17 Nov 2009

Holiday Treats Stir Up Memories of Loved Ones, 14 Nov 2009

Check Blood Pressure Regularly as You Grieve, 11 Nov 2009

Guilt During Grief is Normal but Unproductive, 03 Nov 2009

Checking Your Support System, 28 Oct 2009

‘Grief Buddies’ Can Help You Cope, 04 Oct 2009

As You’re Grieving: Seven Questions to Ask Yourself, 22 Sep 2009

The Antique Iron Bed, a Source of Comfort, 16 Sep 2009

Time Moves Differently When Dealing With Grief, 14 Sep 2009

Song Commissioned in Memory of Daughter, 07 Sep 2009

When a Friend Dies, 05 Sep 2009

Heal Through Contact With ‘Inner Voice’, 30 Aug 2009

To Recover From Multiple Losses, Create New Meaning in Life, 21 Aug 2009

Reconciling Grief: Take All the Time You Need, 21 Aug 2009

Does Grief End? Belly Laughs and Crème Brule, 21 Aug 2009

Inner Voice, 15 Aug 2009

Music for Grieving, 01 Aug 2009

When Does Healing Begin? Watching For the Signs, 22 Jun 2009

A Wife Marvels at a Father’s Grief for His Daughter, 19 Jun 2009

Focusing on Sacredness of Life May Help Those Grieving, 05 Jun 2009

Grief Journaling: Don’t Let a Blank Page Scare You, 03 Jun 2009

Multiple Losses: Start With the Pain, 22 Apr 2009

Multiple Losses: When the Tears of Grief Return, 04 Apr 2009

The Last Goodbye: Clearing Out Our Deceased Daughter’s House, 13 May 2008

Finding Hope After the Death of a Child, 17 Jan 2008

Anticipatory Grief and Holidays: 12 Survival Tips, 26 Nov 2007

Recovering From My Daughter’s Sudden and Tragic Death, 18 Jun 2007

Why Don’t We Talk About Anticipatory Grief?, 21 Nov 2006

The Anticipatory Grief of Dementia, 21 Nov 2006

Anticipatory Grief Work: What is It and How Do You Do It?, 20 Nov 2006

Helping a Friend Who is Coping With Anticipatory Grief, 19 Nov 2006

Anticipatory Grief Symptoms: What’s the Big Deal?, 19 Nov 2006

Anticipatory Grief Work: What is It and How Do You Do It?, 18 Nov 2006

Grief: Remember Your Loved One With a Memory Cook Book, 17 Nov 2006

Shared Anticipatory Grief: How One Club Faced It and Members Coped Together, 10 Nov 2006