Loss of a Family Member

Bereavement

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  • Writing When Life Hurts

    Posted on February 1, 2023 - by Beth Marshall

    After losing three close family members in five years, I remember feeling overwhelmed as waves of unanticipated emotions would roll in like a storm. How long would this intense sorrow […]

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  • Feeling Sad or Being Sad?

    Posted on January 30, 2023 - by Greg Adams

    Are We Feeling Sad or Being Sad? Do you ever hear a story or a comment that really stays with you? It hangs out in the back of your mind […]

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  • Father Writes a Musical for Deceased Son

    Posted on January 23, 2023 - by Larry Hirschhorn

    A Shocking Loss My son Aaron Hirschhorn died in a boating accident in Miami bay on March 28, 2022. He was a month shy of 43 years old. He left […]

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  • Conscious Grieving

    Posted on January 23, 2023 - by Lisa Irish

    Note: Lisa Irish is offering an online workshop on Jan. 28, 2023. For more information,  https://www.lisairish.com/event/attending-to-grief-hope-in-a-changing-world/ What is Conscious Grieving? Most people think grief is something to be endured or […]

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  • What Does Grief Look and Feel Like?

    Posted on January 12, 2023 - by Ilana Estelle

    Grief is different for each of us. One size does not fit all. How Grief Appears The appearance of grief is also different for everyone. Sometimes grief may appear as […]

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  • How Widows Can Improve Their Self-Talk and Move Forward with Grief

    Posted on January 10, 2023 - by Kim Murray

    Self-Talk Matters Your internal dialogue and self-talk determine how you feel about yourself and how you act in the world. For widows, it’s especially important to understand how your self-talk […]

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  • Avoiding the ‘Holiday Rabbit Hole’

    Posted on December 13, 2022 - by Nina Impala

    The Holiday Rabbit Hole The other night I was just feeling down thinking of sad things, missing my mom and dad. Being a senior now in my 60’s, death seems […]

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  • It IS Possible To Survive Christmas While Grieving

    Posted on December 9, 2022 - by Linda Zelik

    Surviving Christmas While Grieving Surviving Christmas, supposedly the most joyous day of the year, without our beloved 24-year-old son seemed impossible. However, I did survive and it turned out not […]

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  • Losing a Loved One Makes You Grow Up

    Posted on December 3, 2022 - by Ilana Estelle

    Losing a Loved One  The death of a loved one may leave us struggling, not always because someone has passed, but because of the problems they leave behind. When it […]

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  • A Different Approach to Holiday Grief

    Posted on November 21, 2022 - by John Pete

    Holiday Grief is Hard Holiday Grief is Hard. It just is. Emotions are heightened, and some grievers find themselves shunning holidays, or perhaps sitting sadly by and muddling through. But […]

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  • Giving Myself Away: The Meaning of Thanksgiving

    Posted on November 18, 2022 - by Harriet Hodgson

    Giving Myself Away Thanksgiving is one of America’s favorite holidays. The dinner menu varies from culture to culture, and family to family, yet the idea of giving thanks crosses all […]

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  • Longing for Normal Holiday Season

    Posted on November 16, 2022 - by Nina Impala

    Longing for Normal Recently, I was reading a book about longing, and it stirred up a lot of feelings. What does longing mean to you? At this time of year […]

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  • When Grief Takes Your Holiday

    Posted on November 8, 2022 - by Mary Joye

    We all know what life was like before grief set in and took over every thought. We anticipated holidays with excitement and found wonder in every moment from buying gifts, […]

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  • Stay Connected with Others While Grieving

    Posted on November 1, 2022 - by Peggy Bell

    Wired for Connections We as humans, are social beings. We are wired for connections with other human beings. Connecting with others gives us purpose and meaning to our lives. When […]

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  • What Comes Next After Death?

    Posted on October 31, 2022 - by Greg Adams

    The Next Place? Sometimes in grief support groups for adults or for teenagers, a question like this will be asked: “When you think about your special person who died, where […]

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  • Offering Grief Support to Those in Mourning

    Posted on October 28, 2022 - by Colleen Friesen

    Offering Grief Support I hear many sad tales of people who suffer the loss of a loved one followed by abandonment of people who love them but don’t know how […]

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  • Holiday Grief Planning May Ease the Pain

    Posted on October 21, 2022 - by Dr. Peggy DeLong

    As we enter the holiday season, careful planning is important for those who are dealing with a profound or recent loss. Holiday grief planning can change the season from potentially […]

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  • Coping with Holidays After Death of a Loved One

    Posted on October 18, 2022 - by Dr. Peggy DeLong

    The death of a loved one is a traumatic and emotionally painful experience. Coping during the holidays is a particularly difficult time for dealing with loss. Here are suggestions that […]

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  • Blissful Memories from the Year Before a Loss

    Posted on October 17, 2022 - by Colleen Friesen

    I don’t know if this phenomenon is typical or atypical. In my grief journey, I try to accept what comes. I believe that God works with our psyche to chart […]

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  • Rituals Honor Our Transitions

    Posted on October 10, 2022 - by Stephanie Sarazin

    Rituals vs. Ceremonies Regardless of upbringing, it’s likely you’ve participated in a variety of rituals and ceremonies throughout your lifetime. Though the terms are often confused or used interchangeably, their […]

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  • Digging Deep: Finding Comfort after Husband’s Death

    Posted on October 5, 2022 - by Joni Sensel

    A Sudden Death Tony’s body is stretched on our living room floor. I hunker over my knees on the stepstool in the kitchen, trying not to see his husk from […]

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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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