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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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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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Elizabeth Edwards Embodied The Hero Archetype

Many are mourning the death of Elizabeth Edwards.  I would like to share some thoughts of my own about why we are gripped by her life’s story. I believe Elizabeth […]

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Thanksgiving Day Can Be Painful

When you lose someone you love, Thanksgiving Day feels burdensome and painful. When a brain tumor took away our precious Katie’s life, I dreaded that holiday.  For seven years, we […]

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The Bereaved Deserve to Follow Their Dreams

It was 1992.  Four years had lapsed since my daughter Katie’s diagnosis of a brain tumor.  She was now healthy and back working in New York City. Because my maternal […]

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What it Means to Grieve a Loss

When you open yourself up to love, you open yourself up to loss.  When you suffer a loss, you will experience the painful emotion we call grief.  It’s a natural […]

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