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    When Your Child Dies By Suicide

    Posted on July 18, 2021 - by Harry Barry

    This excerpt about when a child dies by suicide is from of Emotional Healing (Pegasus), by Dr. Harry Barry. Purchase it on Amazon. When a Child Dies by Suicide Those […]

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  • My Recovery From the Death of Our Child

    Posted on June 14, 2021 - by Lily Dulan

    I once stood at what looked like the gates of heaven — bathed in golden light.  The Angels and I were having some sort of serious discussion. It was all […]

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    8 Ways to Find Comfort When Grieving

    Posted on June 1, 2021 - by Faith Wilcox

    Find Comfort When Grieving Have you ever thought you’d find comfort again when grieving the death of a child? Has grief left you bereft, feeling that relief is beyond your […]

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    Moving Forward After a Profound Loss

    Posted on June 1, 2021 - by Linda Zelik

    Moving Forward is Possible With any profound loss, there isn’t a timetable for recovery. Moving forward is an individual thing, both in how it’s done and how long it takes. […]

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  • Healing a Broken Heart After A Child-Loss

    Posted on June 1, 2021 - by Linda Zelik

    Although each person’s journey after a child-loss is unique, I hope to make yours a little less painful by sharing the following suggestions that helped me in those early devastating […]

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  • How To Tame the Grief Monster

    Posted on June 1, 2021 - by Linda Zelik

    Taming the Grief Monster Having been a bereaved mother for over ten years years, I am now able look back and see how I was able to get from, “I […]

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  • Discovering Lifelines While Grieving

    Posted on April 20, 2021 - by Faith Wilcox

    Lifelines can rescue you after the death of a loved one. I understand this firsthand. Why? Because my thirteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, was treated for one year for a rare pediatric […]

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  • Finding Your Way From Loss to Peace

    Posted on March 31, 2021 - by Claire Willis

    The ending of this “story” is happy…. There is joy to be found in realizing that long-held, shame-filled, buried grief, however painful, can be uncovered, looked at, handled tenderly, shared, […]

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  • A Son’s Belongings Bring Longings

    Posted on March 19, 2021 - by Fran Gerstein

    Since my son Daniel died on February 28, 2014, the month of February has been rife with memories, his ghost popping up seemingly at whim.  His presence and absence coalesce, […]

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  • What It’s Like When Your Newborn Dies

    Posted on March 1, 2021 - by Ken Lefkowitz

    The following is excerpted from the book, Weave of Destiny, by Ken Lefkowitz, published by Legacy Book Press. Available for sale at this link: Weave of Destiny – Legacy Book […]

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  • Eight New Year’s Eves Ago

    Posted on January 16, 2021 - by Elizabeth Brady

    There is a collective sigh of relief as we ring in 2021, and yet there is also mounting loss and unattended grief. For those of us who have been learning […]

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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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