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  • Finding a Path Through Unresolved Grief

    Posted on January 8, 2024 - by Lori Grande

    The First Moments of Grief After landing at Miami International Airport on the evening of June 8th, 2005, I hopped in a friend’s car and said, “Take me to William.”  […]

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  • The Lonely Year for Widows

    Posted on December 28, 2023 - by Harriet Hodgson

    The Lonely Year for Widows After so many losses in one year, loneliness was personal for me. We’d had Golden Retrievers for years, and I missed them. One dog was […]

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  • Wishing the Holidays Would Go Away: Tips for Coping

    Posted on December 21, 2023 - by Mary Joye

    Holiday Pain Many people love the first crisp, nip of fall in the air. To those who are grieving, it can coldly cut deep into the spirit and re-open the […]

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  • Guilty Thoughts and Grief

    Posted on December 18, 2023 - by Greg Adams

    Guilty Thoughts and Grief Guilt can be a sticky burden and a useful teacher. We need people to feel guilty when they do something wrong. People who don’t feel guilty […]

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  • When Someone Asks: ‘How Are You?’

    Posted on December 11, 2023 - by Harriet Hodgson

    After I’d lost several family members in a short time, the question “How are you?” always threw me off-balance. How did the person think I was after so much tragedy? […]

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  • Jews Grieve Terrorism Against Israel

    Posted on December 11, 2023 - by Dr. Carol Leibovich Mankes

    Grief is a journey I know too well. I lost my husband and my mom to cancer within a few weeks of each other. But right now, I find myself […]

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  • Avoiding Burnout and Compassion Fatigue

    Posted on December 7, 2023 - by Harriet Hodgson

    Burnout and Compassion Fatigue My husband John’s illness progressed, and self-care became harder. I felt like I was playing a bad game of catch-up. No matter how hard I tried, […]

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  • Widower Honors Both Deceased Wives

    Posted on November 20, 2023 - by Peter Lichtenberg

    Peter A. Lichtenberg, PhD was inducted into the Radnor High School Hall of Fame on Friday, November 10, in Radnor, Penn. Peter was honored for his work and impact on the […]

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  • Resolving an Abortion Decision

    Posted on October 30, 2023 - by Candace Lynn Talmadge

    Resolving an Abortion Decision In addition to resolving grief and helping parents-to-be, the afterlife healing circle can be helpful in other difficult circumstances such as miscarriage, abortion, or suicide. Many […]

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  • Finding Hope While Grieving the Planet

    Posted on October 2, 2023 - by Ken Breniman

    The Weight of Planetary Grief  In an era shadowed by the threat of environmental crises and a profound sense of planetary grief, finding reasons for hope can be a daunting […]

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  • Grief-Induced Fear of Joy

    Posted on October 2, 2023 - by Colleen Friesen

    Grief-Induced Fear of Joy Early this week as I drove home from work, I was listening to my “Really Great Day” playlist. The songs are positive, and up-beat and I […]

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  • Retraining Our Brains Through Grief

    Posted on September 18, 2023 - by Ellen Besso

    Retraining Our Brains Through Grief “During periods of grief the human brain undergoes a process known as neuroplasticity, in which the brain rewires itself in response to emotional trauma.” ~ […]

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  • Grief of Unsolved Homicides

    Posted on August 28, 2023 - by Lori Grande

    Grief of Unsolved Homicides Unsolved homicide leaves co-victims within the same body, but of a different mind; feeling defeated and bound to the criminal justice system which usurps the instinctual […]

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  • Widower Keeps Both Wives’ Memories Alive

    Posted on August 5, 2023 - by Peter Lichtenberg

    Widower Keeps Wives’ Memories Alive In 2022, Dr. Sara Hackett published a paper describing how widows and widowers continue to depend on their romantic partners after those partners have died.  […]

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  • Maintaining Contact with the Dead Heals Some Grievers

    Posted on August 2, 2023 - by Bradie Hansen

    Excerpt from: The Long Grief Journey: How Long-Term Unresolved Grief Can Affect Your Mental Health and What to Do About It, by Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D., and Bradie Hansen, M.A. […]

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  • Drug Deaths Leave Epidemic of Grief

    Posted on August 2, 2023 - by Laura Vargas

    Drug Deaths Leave Epidemic of Grief Last month, the CDC released a statistic that should horrify the nation—provisional data indicates 2022 surpassed 2021’s record-breaking number of drug-related deaths: over 109,000 […]

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  • Broken by Grief: A Sister’s Death by Domestic Violence

    Posted on August 1, 2023 - by Anne Peterson

    Broken by Grief As writers, we are often told to write about what we know. And I know grief. We lost our sister Peggy to domestic violence. So in addition […]

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  • Tasks and Needs of Mourning

    Posted on July 23, 2023 - by Dr. Beth Hewett

    Tasks of Mourning Psychologist Dr. William Worden’s four tasks of mourning give grounding to much of grief research today. Worden saw mourning as the outward expression of grief. The tasks […]

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    Why We Mourn

    Posted on July 12, 2023 - by Dr. Beth Hewett

    Cascade of Losses One July day, just ten days after his twentieth wedding anniversary and two days before his oldest child’s eighteenth birthday, my brother fell from the sky. I […]

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  • Common Workplace Losses

    Posted on July 9, 2023 - by Dr. Beth Hewett

    There are many types of losses. Two that occur often in the workplace are loss of a parent and loss of a child. Here are some thoughts about these two […]

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    How Workplaces Handle Grief

    Posted on July 7, 2023 - by Dr. Beth Hewett

    Different Workplaces, Different Risks The death of a coworker can have a profound impact in the workplace. This impact often can be seen throughout the workforce—and, as workplace grief and […]

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  • What to Say to a Family After Suicide

    Posted on July 5, 2023 - by Donna Berger

    What to Say to a Family After Suicide The death of a loved one is a catastrophic loss, but when a loved one has taken his or her own life, […]

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  • Helping Co-workers After a Loss

    Posted on July 3, 2023 - by Dr. Beth Hewett

    Helping Co-workers After a Loss Grief is a major workplace challenge—even without pandemic conditions. Bereavement experts (see Bento, 1994, for example) have seen workplace grief as “disenfranchised” insofar as the […]

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  • Suicide Leaves Question of Why

    Posted on July 3, 2023 - by Donna Berger

    Suicide Leaves Question of Why Five years ago, my nephew – my brother’s son – died by suicide. He left behind his wife, three precious young children, his mom, dad, […]

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  • First Responder Grief: Moral Injury

    Posted on June 29, 2023 - by Dr. Beth Hewett

    First Responder Grief: Moral Injury  One of the least noticed griefs that first responders experience is what is known as moral injury, the broken trust with a worldview that includes […]

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  • First Responder Grief: The Importance of Hope

    Posted on June 28, 2023 - by Dr. Beth Hewett

    First Responder Grief is Common When a critical incident occurs for a first responder, it’s become common to hear, “Thoughts and prayers!” These kind words help because they convey caring […]

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