Loss of a Family Member

Bereavement

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  • Month Five Worse Than First One

    Posted on September 30, 2022 - by Nathan Peterson

    Month Five is Worst I’m sure there is a book somewhere that says Month Five after the death of a child is worse than Month One. I’m also sure reading […]

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  • Six Months Later, Memories Don’t Fade

    Posted on September 29, 2022 - by Nathan Peterson

    Six Months Later Today is six months since our daughter Olivia died. It is still so hard to comprehend, staring at this grave, that her body is just a few […]

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  • ‘Are We Sure She’s Dead?’: On Disbelief

    Posted on September 28, 2022 - by Nathan Peterson

     ‘Are We Sure She’s Dead?’ Last night I dreamt about Olivia all night. I dreamt Heather dug her up and was holding her. She looked fine. No decay. She was […]

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  • Commemorating Our Loved Ones

    Posted on September 25, 2022 - by Colleen Friesen

    Every person who grieves will find solace in different things and different ways. Following the sudden passing of my son, I received comfort from actions or objects which draw him […]

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  • Understanding our Emotions During Grief

    Posted on September 22, 2022 - by Jacqui Coombe

    There is a common saying in life, ‘nothing lasts forever.’ Unfortunately, this sentiment is true. As such, when we go through loss, whether that loss relates to a job, pet, […]

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  • Finding Strength in Grief

    Posted on September 15, 2022 - by Colleen Friesen

    Last week, after I posted my blog article and shared it on my social media, I received a treasured compliment. My soul sister remarked that she appreciated that my writing […]

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  • Hope Can Be Learned

    Posted on September 8, 2022 - by Carol Smith

    This is an excerpt from Crossing the River: Seven Stories That Saved My Life, a Memoir (Abrams Press, 2021), by Carol Smith.  This is a book about trauma and grief. […]

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  • Welcome to the Dark Side of Grief

    Posted on August 28, 2022 - by Gail Norwood

    Welcome to the Dark Side of Grief “If only you knew the power of the Dark Side.” ~ Darth Vader These ominous words portend a foreboding presence.  Power and darkness […]

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  • How Child-Loss Feels: A ‘Fugue of Grief’

    Posted on August 28, 2022 - by Carol Smith

    This is an excerpt from Crossing the River: Seven Stories That Saved My Life, a Memoir (Abrams Press, 2021), by Carol Smith I did not go to my son Christopher’s […]

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