Loss of a Family Member

Bereavement

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    Dealing with Guilt While Grieving

    Posted on July 18, 2021 - by Peggy Bell

    The road of grief is paved with many emotions. You can experience denial, shock, anger, fear, depression, and bargaining and guilt. You may not feel all of them, but one […]

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    8 Ways to Find Comfort When Grieving

    Posted on June 1, 2021 - by Faith Wilcox

    Find Comfort When Grieving Have you ever thought you’d find comfort again when grieving the death of a child? Has grief left you bereft, feeling that relief is beyond your […]

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    Moving Forward After a Profound Loss

    Posted on June 1, 2021 - by Linda Zelik

    Moving Forward is Possible With any profound loss, there isn’t a timetable for recovery. Moving forward is an individual thing, both in how it’s done and how long it takes. […]

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  • Healing a Broken Heart After A Child-Loss

    Posted on June 1, 2021 - by Linda Zelik

    Although each person’s journey after a child-loss is unique, I hope to make yours a little less painful by sharing the following suggestions that helped me in those early devastating […]

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  • How To Tame the Grief Monster

    Posted on June 1, 2021 - by Linda Zelik

    Taming the Grief Monster Having been a bereaved mother for over ten years years, I am now able look back and see how I was able to get from, “I […]

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  • The Pros and Cons of Emotional Shields

    Posted on May 21, 2021 - by Greg Adams

    ‘Shields Up!’ What if the emotional shields we use to protect ourselves from pain get stuck in the upright position? What happens then? Can we get them unstuck? Is lowering […]

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  • Music Can Help Us Grieve

    Posted on May 2, 2021 - by Judy Lipson

    Music is Healing and Meaningful Music has always enriched my life, shared with my beloved sisters, Margie and Jane. As girls, we loved attending Broadway musicals. We listened to the […]

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  • Practice Self-Compassion When Grieving

    Posted on May 1, 2021 - by Judy Lipson

    Why is grief still such an uncomfortable word for so many? It is a conversation that makes some people cringe. They do not have the tools to say, “I’m sorry, […]

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  • Writing Your Grief Can Create New Life

    Posted on May 1, 2021 - by Harriet Hodgson

    Deb Kosmer, a bereaved parent, author, poet, health care professional, and blogger, entered a post on Facebook about the practice of writing through grief. She said letters make words, words […]

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  • Transforming Suffering into Purpose

    Posted on April 21, 2021 - by Claire Willis

    Devoting to a Cause We’ve all heard of courageous people who after experiencing a painful loss, transform their suffering into passion, purpose, and community. The word passion derives from the […]

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  • Discovering Lifelines While Grieving

    Posted on April 20, 2021 - by Faith Wilcox

    Lifelines can rescue you after the death of a loved one. I understand this firsthand. Why? Because my thirteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, was treated for one year for a rare pediatric […]

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  • Grief Can Take Our Breath Away. Bring Yours Back.

    Posted on April 20, 2021 - by Sheena Nancy Sarles

    Our grief literally takes our breath away. We weep so hard that we cannot breath.  We meet the shock of our loss with a gasp, a gap in our breathing. […]

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  • A Son’s Belongings Bring Longings

    Posted on March 19, 2021 - by Fran Gerstein

    Since my son Daniel died on February 28, 2014, the month of February has been rife with memories, his ghost popping up seemingly at whim.  His presence and absence coalesce, […]

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  • Hope Is Our Anchor

    Posted on March 17, 2021 - by Elaine Voci

    Storm is Coming There once was an old sailor who had been seasoned by his life on the sea to know that storms were a frequent part of the world.  […]

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  • Eight New Year’s Eves Ago

    Posted on January 16, 2021 - by Elizabeth Brady

    There is a collective sigh of relief as we ring in 2021, and yet there is also mounting loss and unattended grief. For those of us who have been learning […]

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