Loss of a Family Member

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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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  • 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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  • Kobe Bryant

    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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