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  • Grieving Dads: Therapists and Other Resources

    Posted on October 28, 2020 - by Kelly Farley

    This is an excerpt from Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back, which is available at Amazon. A grieving dad must face many hard truths after the death of a […]

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  • Grieving Dads: When a Child Dies Suddenly

    Posted on October 24, 2020 - by Kelly Farley

    This is an excerpt from Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back, which is available at Amazon. If it were up to me, I probably would change the “five stages […]

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  • Grieving Dads: The First Blow

    Posted on October 22, 2020 - by Kelly Farley

    This is an excerpt from Grieving Dads: To the Brink and Back, which is available at Amazon. Fathers aren’t supposed to grieve the same way that mothers do. Society has […]

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  • Endings and Beginnings

    Posted on September 27, 2020 - by Ruth Field

    This is an excerpt from The 4 Facets of Grief: Heal Your Heart, Rebuild Your World, and Find New Pathways To Joy, which is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B073ZMKKH2.   I used […]

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  • ‘Put Your Feet on the Floor’: After a Child-Loss

    Posted on July 14, 2020 - by Mary Jane Hurley Brant

    From When Every Day Matters: A Mother’s Memoir on Love, Loss and Life (Simple Abundance Press) on Amazon December 2, 1999 Dear Katie, Your dad and I are beginning again.  […]

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  • A Grieving Mother’s Bill of Rights

    Posted on July 8, 2020 - by Harriet Hodgson

      I have the right to lose track of conversations. I have the right to thank others for bad advice and ignore it. I have the right to put things […]

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  • When Nothing Seems to Matter: Surviving the Death of Your Child

    Posted on July 2, 2020 - by Basia Mosinski

    This is an excerpt from LOST to FOUND: Surviving the Death of Your Child by Basia Mosinski, which is available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720222657 We cried and cried and cried. We were in […]

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  • Relationships Make the Difference in Grief

    Posted on June 5, 2020 - by Mary Jane Hurley Brant

    Excerpted from When Every Day Matters: A Mother’s Memoir on Love, Loss and Life (Simple Abundance Press) on Amazon I always felt so close to my husband, Dick, as I […]

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  • Living and Telling Your Own Story

    Posted on May 30, 2020 - by Fran Gerstein

    This is an excerpt from Grief From the Inside Out:  Creating Meaning Around the Loss of a Child from Substance Abuse or Suicide, By Fran Gerstein, MSW, LCSW. It is […]

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  • Do’s and Don’ts of Self-Care After the Loss of a Child

    Posted on May 25, 2020 - by Fran Gerstein

    This is an excerpt from Grief From the Inside Out: Creating Meaning Around the Loss of a Child from Substance Abuse or Suicide, By Fran Gerstein, MSW, LCSW. It is […]

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  • The Survival Instinct vs. Grief

    Posted on May 25, 2020 - by Basia Mosinski

    This excerpt is from LOST to FOUND: Surviving the Death of Your Child by Basia Mosinski. It is available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720222657 The survival instinct is strong but not stronger than grief. Many […]

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  • Sacred ‘Force’ Brings Contact Between Mother and Deceased Daughter

    Posted on May 8, 2020 - by Lois Schaffer

    I have always appreciated connections, family and friends alike.  After the death of my daughter, those connections became even more important. Sharing stories about her are cathartic and a means […]

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  • What’s the Difference When Grieving For a Child?

    Posted on April 6, 2020 - by Gloria Horsley

    The loss of any loved one is a terrible blow that hurts our hearts and leaves us inconsolable. However, when a parent loses a child, it’s a different type of […]

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    How Many Children Do I Have Now?

    Posted on March 27, 2020 - by Neal Raisman

    Excerpt from Standing on One Leg by Neal Raisman which is available through the author at iduhpres@hotmail.com How many children do you have? Do I have? Did I have? How […]

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  • Unthinkable

    Posted on March 9, 2020 - by Lois Schaffer

    Excerpted from The Unthinkable: Life, Loss and a Mother’s Mission to Ban Illegal Guns, available on Amazon.   Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life without them is […]

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  • Accepting Comfort in the Early Days

    Posted on February 28, 2020 - by Mary Jane Hurley Brant

    This is an excerpt from When Every Day Matters: A Mother’s Memoir on Love, Loss and Life (Simple Abundance Press), available on Amazon The loss of Jennifer (my sister’s five-year […]

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  • Early Days After Child-Loss: Survival

    Posted on February 28, 2020 - by Mary Jane Hurley Brant

    Excerpted from When Every Day Matters: A Mother’s Memoir on Love, Loss and Life (Simple Abundance Press) on Amazon. When you really want to pray for something and you do […]

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  • ‘Grief Fills Up the Room’ of an Absent Child

    Posted on February 21, 2020 - by Mary Jane Hurley Brant

    Excerpted from When Every Day Matters: A Mother’s Memoir on Love, Loss and Life (Simple Abundance Press), available on Amazon. In my end is my Beginning. ~Mary Stuart, Queen of […]

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  • Unanswered Emails

    Posted on December 8, 2019 - by Carol Henderson

    In the poem, “Note,” Ellie Schoenfeld writes that she is still sometimes surprised and angry that she receives no calls or emails from the dead. Death should be a place […]

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  • Rejoice Even in Times of Sorrow

    Posted on November 15, 2019 - by Jill Smoot

    Some years ago  I was given a candle for Christmas called, “ Fallen Snow.” When I lit it, the scent was nothing like the clean, crisp smell of real snow, […]

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    Advent: A Visit in the Darkest Hours

    Posted on November 12, 2019 - by Elizabeth Brady

    During the season of Advent 2003, I was eight months pregnant with Mack. Iz had just turned six and was dressed as an angel having participated in the Christmas Eve […]

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  • ‘Because of You’: Letter to a Daughter Who Has Died

    Posted on November 10, 2019 - by Lisa Boehm

    Dear Katie, Losing you was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. It broke me into a million pieces, but I knew you didn’t want me to stay […]

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  • This is Your Life, Your Pain, and Your Story

    Posted on November 10, 2019 - by Catherine McNulty

    Hope.  When I ask those who are grieving what they need most, they say “hope”.  They want confidence that they can get through the process, that they won’t be miserable […]

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