Loss of a Family Member

Bereavement

Hurting and in pain and looking for hope? In times of bereavement watch, read and listen to stories of hope and recovery.

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    Widows Wonder: Where Was God When I Needed Him?

    Posted on November 27, 2021 - by Kim Knight

    My friend Margie asked me one day if I was angry with God over my husband Dale’s death. Sad? Yes. Angry? No. It made me think, though. I’ve talked to […]

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    ‘Perfect Widow’ Asks: Who Am I Now?

    Posted on November 27, 2021 - by Kim Knight

    Widow Asks: Who Am I Now? Who am I now? Who am I really? It’s a question nearly everyone grapples with at some point in life—when you retire, after you […]

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    Surviving the Shock of Widowhood

    Posted on November 27, 2021 - by Kim Knight

    The Shock of Widowhood In the course of a day, my husband, Dale, stepdad to my two children, business partner, best friend, and—truly—the most interesting person I have ever known, […]

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    Re-imagining the Advent Candles

    Posted on November 27, 2021 - by Elizabeth Brady

    Re-imagining the Advent Candles During the season of Advent 2003, I was eight months pregnant with our son Mack, who was born January 16, 2004. Our daughter, Izzy, had just […]

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    Healing Hugs: Embracing Love and Survival

    Posted on November 17, 2021 - by Meryl Beck

    Healing Hugs Over the Fourth of July weekend in 1997, Tamara Gabriel was driving to a friend’s home with her nine-year-old daughter Janna. The car hydroplaned and collided with another […]

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    Is All Grief the Same? Grieving to Scale

    Posted on November 17, 2021 - by Becky Womack

    Is all grief the same? Daily, I tend a one-eyed guinea pig.  She used to see her world just fine, but a recent scuffle with an older pig rendered her […]

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    The Gifts from Losing You

    Posted on October 28, 2021 - by Sara Green

    The concept of finding meaning in life while living with tragedy sparked something in me and opened me up to the possibility there could be some gifts and blessings that […]

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    Recognizing Signs From the Afterlife

    Posted on October 25, 2021 - by Linda Zelik

    Recognizing Signs From the Afterlife Some may say that the idea of recognizing signs from the afterlife is paranormal, metaphysical or just plain crazy. I used to be one of […]

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    Writing Through Grief

    Posted on October 25, 2021 - by Faith Wilcox

    We each have a story to tell, and sharing it is vital to our emotional wellbeing. Some of us choose to express our stories through art, music, dance. I chose […]

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    Death Anniversaries are Powerful Days

    Posted on October 25, 2021 - by Judy Lipson

    The dates are forever etched in our minds and hearts – the death anniversaries of our siblings. The calendar need not remind us; our bodies and minds tell us as […]

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    Connect to Those Who Have Died

    Posted on October 10, 2021 - by Meryl Beck

    Connect to Those Who Have Died Suzanne Giesemann, a spiritual teacher and medium, says that it’s possible to connect to those who have died. I have flown on Air Force […]

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    Journey into Grief Brings Wisdom

    Posted on October 10, 2021 - by Meryl Beck

    Marla Grant, a grief recovery specialist, speaks on her intentional journey into grief: Looking back over the years, I can see that by comparison to many, my life has been […]

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    Writing Poems Can Heal

    Posted on October 7, 2021 - by Mike Bernhardt

    Writing Poems Can Heal Grief When grief overwhelms us, when someone whom we love more than life itself has died, we may feel that we have no words to describe […]

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    ‘Surrendering in Hope’: Allowing Grief to Unfold

    Posted on September 8, 2021 - by Paul Coleman

    ‘Surrendering in Hope’ There is a difference between giving up in despair —“I can’t do this anymore!”— and surrendering in hope —“I can’t do this anymore by myself.” Surrendering in […]

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    Transcend Grief

    Posted on September 8, 2021 - by Paul Coleman

    Higher Realms of Awareness Is it possible to transcend grief? All of your stressful emotions exist at the lower-self level of limited awareness: shame, despair, anger, hate, jealousy, guilt, anxiety, […]

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  • Get a Grief Buddy

    Posted on September 8, 2021 - by Harriet Hodgson

    Get a Grief Buddy Many grief books and articles say it’s important to tell your story. Indeed, telling your story is a forward step on the healing path. And one […]

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    Make Peace with Loss

    Posted on August 30, 2021 - by Paul Coleman

    What is a peaceful heart?  To make peace with loss you must cultivate peace in your heart. This is a challenge when your heart is broken. But it is achievable. […]

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  • Finding Peace of Heart

    Posted on August 29, 2021 - by Paul Coleman

    We often make the mistake of attributing our lack of peace of heart to conditions out of our control—a world in turmoil, a relationship that has ended, or a hope […]

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  • Emotional Grief Lessons

    Posted on August 27, 2021 - by Amy K.L. Busch

    Emotional Grief Lessons Through my rollercoaster of emotions, I have learned a number of emotional grief lessons: 1. Grief can be surprising in its breadth of emotions.  I have learned […]

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    Sibling Loss: Losing Part of Myself

    Posted on August 26, 2021 - by Amy K.L. Busch

    Losing Part of Myself It goes without saying that sadness and despair have been part of my grief journey.  Losing a sibling is so jarring.  When Dan died, I lost […]

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  • Every Person Has the Right to Grieve

    Posted on August 25, 2021 - by Amy K.L. Busch

    Every Person Has the Right to Grieve The title of one’s relationship does not dictate the depth of one’s grief.  Each and every person has a right to grieve and […]

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    How to Help a Dying Spouse

    Posted on August 8, 2021 - by Fred Colby

    How Can We Help a Dying Spouse? There are so many ways to help a dying spouse. When my wife, Theresa, was in the hospital, one incident made me realize […]

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    Where Am I in My Grieving Process?

    Posted on August 8, 2021 - by Fred Colby

    “Where am I in my grieving process?” It’s a question most of us ask at some point, and it’s different for each of us. Possible Answers to ‘Where Am I […]

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    Coping with Silence While Grieving

    Posted on August 8, 2021 - by Harry Barry

    Biggest Challenge May be the Silence While Grieving This is one of the most distressing but least discussed elements of loss: coping with silence while grieving. Countless people over decades […]

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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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