Loss of a Family Member

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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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  • Getting Pregnant Again After the Loss of a Child

    Posted on September 26, 2019 - by Catherine McNulty

    This excerpt is from Catherine McNulty’s book, The Gifts of Grief. “I wanted to give up the struggle and not try again.”  Trying to get pregnant again after the loss […]

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  • Grief Coaches and Therapist Can Help

    Posted on September 12, 2019 - by Catherine McNulty

    An excerpt from Catherine McNulty’s book, The Gifts of Grief. “You are not alone.” The intensity of the grief we experience is a result of the love and connection we […]

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  • The First Thing To Do After Losing Your Baby

    Posted on July 31, 2019 - by Catherine McNulty

    Grieving is hard.  Grieving the loss of your baby is even harder.  Let’s be honest, it just plain sucks.  If you are reading this because it’s happened to you, know […]

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  • After Loss: Fear Can Be An Asset to Grieving Individuals

    Posted on July 30, 2019 - by David Roberts

      “No one ever told me that grief felt so much like fear”– C.S. Lewis This first line in C.S. Lewis’s book A Grief Observed , inspired me to reflect […]

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  • What Grief Has Taught Me

    Posted on July 9, 2019 - by Lisa Boehm

    My daughter Katie is now in heaven. Everything is new. Everything is different. Everything is devastatingly difficult. I’ve learned to walk, breathe, and exist without letting grief keep me down, […]

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  • Gratitude and Grief – Is it Possible?

    Posted on June 23, 2019 - by Lisa Boehm

    My experience with gratitude began about five minutes after the police and coroner visited our home the night my daughter Katie died. I remember being thankful that she died instantly. […]

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  • The Gift Of Tears and Forgiveness

    Posted on June 23, 2019 - by Jill Smoot

    Recently, I was watching a television interview with a woman who began to apologize to the reporter for “almost crying.” I understood that. Don’t let people see your hurt, don’t be […]

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  • A Funeral, a Wedding, Graduations and One Unwanted Guest

    Posted on June 22, 2019 - by Elizabeth Brady

    It has been six and a half years since our son, Mack, died suddenly on New Year’s Eve 2012, just shy of his ninth birthday. As the many of us […]

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  • Celebration Service Brings Mother Solace

    Posted on April 7, 2019 - by Shirley Wiles-Dickinson

    My 40-year-old son, Jeff, passed away very unexpectedly on 12/13/2018. I thought my sister’s death was the worse thing I would ever go through. Then Jeff died. It is difficult […]

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