Loss of a Family Member

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  • Bleak Midwinter after Loss

    Posted on January 18, 2023 - by Gail Norwood

    A bleak midwinter silently advanced and settled in, both seasonally and in my soul. Gray, dreary January days reflected my dismal mood. Like a tomb, it was cold in the […]

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  • Grief Loves Company: After a Sibling-Loss

    Posted on January 15, 2023 - by Sue Trace Lawrence

    Losing a Sibling is Unique Losing a sibling is different from other losses. At times I find myself becoming extremely nostalgic, and it is difficult not having a cohort with […]

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  • Christmas Alone is Different Kind of Christmas

    Posted on December 18, 2022 - by Annah Elizabeth

    Coping with Christmas Alone Christmas has always been my most favorite time of year, Neighbor. The twinkling lights, the glitter, the festive colors, and a human generosity that seems more […]

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  • Missed Miscarriage

    Posted on December 8, 2022 - by Colette Kenny Verdes

    What is a Missed Miscarriage? Two years ago this week, I got pregnant. Sometime that June, at my 9-week doctor’s appointment, I would find out that I had “a missed […]

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  • How Developmental Trauma Can Impact Grief

    Posted on December 5, 2022 - by Kara Bowman

    As a Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in grief and trauma, I come across many more clients who don’t realize they have experienced developmental trauma than those who recognize […]

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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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  • Mother Responds to Gun Violence

    Posted on November 13, 2022 - by Lois Schaffer

    Mother Responds to Gun Violence The following is excerpted from From Bullet to Bullhorn: Stories of Advocacy Activism and Hope, by Lois Schaffer, a compilation of stories by 18 people […]

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  • Grieving While Black: Everyday Grief

    Posted on November 11, 2022 - by Breeshia Wade

    Grieving While Black Often when people imagine what it means for Black lives to matter, they focus on the explicit death of Black people, like those caused by police violence. […]

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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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  • Navigating Grief in the NICU

    Posted on November 6, 2022 - by Breeshia Wade

    Grief in the NICU I remember my first day on the NICU like it was yesterday. I walked the floors filled with so much self-doubt and fear, afraid to make […]

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  • Pregnant After Your Mother Has Died

    Posted on November 3, 2022 - by Stedman Stevens

    Pregnant with First Child You are becoming a mom. After months of trying, suddenly there is news. You are pregnant. After your husband, who is the first person you want […]

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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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  • 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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  • Survivor: The Holiday Grief Challenge

    Posted on October 10, 2022 - by Colleen Friesen

    A quick Google search revealed that the popular Reality TV show, “Survivor,” is now into its 43rd season. The fabricated dramas and constructed struggles those contestants endure have nothing on […]

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  • When a Nation Grieves its Own Actions

    Posted on October 3, 2022 - by Colleen Friesen

    Statement of Intent Before I begin, I want to express that I am approaching this topic with a heart of love, respect, acceptance, and hope. I ask the Creator to […]

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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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  • Theresa’s Story: The Surprise of Suicide

    Posted on September 6, 2022 - by John Beerman

    Theresa’s Story I was terrified. Theresa was missing! My precious three-year-old daughter was missing. The daughter with frizzy curly hair that covered her head in an afro-like blond bonnet. Her […]

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  • The Grief of Returning

    Posted on September 6, 2022 - by Colleen Friesen

    The Grief of Returning After several years living in Abbotsford, BC, my husband, my sons and I stuffed ourselves and our suitcases into our little Sunfire and set off to […]

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  • Believing in Magical Thoughts

    Posted on August 31, 2022 - by Mary-Frances O'Connor

    Believing in Magical Thoughts A few years ago, an older colleague of mine passed away. I spent some time with his widow in the months afterward. As a prominent sleep […]

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