Loss of a Family Member

After Loss of a spouse

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  • Why Some Widows Choose Not to Date Again

    Posted on January 28, 2023 - by Samantha Ruth

    Being a widow is hard. Anywhere! Starting over in a new area adds more layers of adjustment. I’ve been meeting people and attending events, but it’s a lot of couples. […]

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  • How Widows Can Improve Their Self-Talk and Move Forward with Grief

    Posted on January 10, 2023 - by Kim Murray

    Self-Talk Matters Your internal dialogue and self-talk determine how you feel about yourself and how you act in the world. For widows, it’s especially important to understand how your self-talk […]

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  • How My Holidays Evolved

    Posted on December 5, 2022 - by Peggy Bell

    How My Holidays Evolved I remember the first time the holidays came around after my husband’s passing. It had only been three months. My emotions were still so raw, and […]

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  • Wife of Gun Victim Moves Toward Healing

    Posted on December 1, 2022 - by Lois Schaffer

    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 located in various states throughout […]

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  • Digging Deep: Finding Comfort after Husband’s Death

    Posted on October 5, 2022 - by Joni Sensel

    A Sudden Death Tony’s body is stretched on our living room floor. I hunker over my knees on the stepstool in the kitchen, trying not to see his husk from […]

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  • Finding Strength in Grief

    Posted on September 15, 2022 - by Colleen Friesen

    Last week, after I posted my blog article and shared it on my social media, I received a treasured compliment. My soul sister remarked that she appreciated that my writing […]

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  • After My Husband’s Death: Remembering is Grieving

    Posted on September 6, 2022 - by Peggy Bell

    Living with the loss of a spouse is painful and sometimes even debilitating. It’s so difficult to move forward from such a heartache. It’s especially difficult when the death is […]

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  • Welcome to the Dark Side of Grief

    Posted on August 28, 2022 - by Gail Norwood

    Welcome to the Dark Side of Grief “If only you knew the power of the Dark Side.” ~ Darth Vader These ominous words portend a foreboding presence.  Power and darkness […]

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  • Grief Leads to Self-Discovery

    Posted on July 28, 2022 - by Michelle Kaisersatt

    Life after a Death. I reflect on that sentence, searching for words to describe what I, as a widow, have felt these last five years. The word “mirror” comes up for […]

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  • Deeply Remembering Your Spouse

    Posted on July 28, 2022 - by Jennifer Katz

    This is an excerpt from The Good Widow: A Memoir of Living with Loss – Kindle edition by Katz, Jennifer. Health, Fitness & Dieting Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com. My Beloved, […]

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Open to Hope TV

  • Episode 195: Coping with a Substance Related Death

    Posted on December 29, 2022 - by admin

    Are you still haunted by a substance related death?  Join Dr’s Gloria and Heidi Horsley and their guests Judy Mandel, Glen Lord, and Dr. Tanya Lord for a discussion of […]

  • Episode 194: Dating After Loss

    Posted on December 19, 2022 - by admin

    Have you considered dating after loss? Join Dr’s Gloria and Heidi Horsley and their guest Denna Babul to explore the pros and cons of dating as well as the differences […]