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Mary Jane Hurley Brant

Mary Jane Hurley Brant, M.S.,CGP, is a practicing psychotherapist for 37 years who specializes in grief. She is author of the book, When Every Day Matters: A Mother’s Memoir of Love, Loss and Life. In this first person narrative M.J. addresses the suicide of her father when she was 13 and the life and death of her daughter, Katie, of a brain tumor. She is the founder of Mothers Finding Meaning Again. MJ can be reached through her website www.MaryJaneHurleyBrant.com

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The Weaving of Love and Loss

  When we open ourselves up to love, we open ourselves up to loss. That is why loss hurts so much – it’s connected to the greatest mystery of all: […]

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Are You Laughing With the Sinners or Crying With the Saints This Valentine’s Day?

  Billy Joel likes laughing with the sinners. Me? I’m still deciding whether to join him. OK, I’ll admit that during grade school, going for brownie points with the good […]

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A Bereavement Group – For Mothers Only

Six years ago this January, I shared a cup of tea with a grieving friend following the sudden loss of her son. I had an understanding of how she felt […]

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Happy Mother’s Day to Every ‘Good-Enough Mother’

For many of us, Mother’s Day stirs something deeply loving.  For others, ambivalent feelings abide.  You see, after thirty-three years in the counseling field and drying the tears off many […]

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Helping a Close Friend Deal With Bereavement

No one wants to see a friend suffering from grief but when our friend has lost someone they care deeply about they will have to grieve.  Grieving is the natural […]

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The 10th Anniversary of 9/11: How You Can Help

On September 11, 2011, we remember the 10th anniversary of the day when nearly 3,000 victims were killed after two airliners were crashed into the Twin Towers in New York […]

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Father’s Day Brings Fond Memories of ‘Grandpop’

My Grandpop was a legend in my small hometown mostly because of his many “unusual hobbies” – like counting how many flies he could swat on a front porch glider […]

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Hats Off to a World War II Vet

Yesterday was a wonderful day. While standing in line at the pharmacy, the gentleman behind me smiled. I don’t go to the CVS to make friends, but somehow yesterday I […]

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Grief Has Its Own Timetable

After the death of someone we love, our grief experience and overall healing has everything to do with our relationship to the deceased, the intensity and depth of the love […]

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Accepting Change Can Bring Peace

In my younger days, I was naive enough to think I could control change.  I’ve learned, but not quickly enough, that no one can control or stop change. And, here […]

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