Loss of a Family Member

After Loss of a spouse

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  • Assembling Your Widower Advisory Board

    Posted on October 2, 2019 - by Herb Knoll

    Men need support after the loss of a spouse, and one way to get it is to create a team of people who can coach you. I refer to them […]

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  • Widowers Need To Be Coachable

    Posted on October 2, 2019 - by Herb Knoll

    What do Tom Brady, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, and Derek Jeter all have in common? We could start with a considerable amount of athletic ability. Each has been recognized as […]

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  • We Don’t Die. Our Bodies Do.

    Posted on September 24, 2019 - by Bernie Siegel

    As someone who has had a near death and past life experience, I know the truth about what we call death. When my wife died 18 months ago, the incredible […]

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  • Returning to ‘Single’ after the Loss of a Spouse

    Posted on August 31, 2019 - by Peggy Bell

    Excerpt from Life After Loss For Widows: Lifting the Veil of Grief I remember this one incident so well. A little over a year after losing Randy, I was enrolling […]

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  • Widowers Need To Step Out of The Shadows and Into the Light of Day

    Posted on August 31, 2019 - by Herb Knoll

    Grieving men are misunderstood. And for a good reason. After all, men don’t believe they have permission to grieve in the first place. When a man experiences a loss, they […]

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    The Stories We Tell Ourselves

    Posted on July 31, 2019 - by Tambre Leighn

    What is the story you tell yourself about your loss? Even as a child, I understood the power of stories. Through words, I could escape into worlds far, far away. […]

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  • 10 Lessons Widowhood Has Taught Me

    Posted on July 31, 2019 - by Kerry Phillips

    1. You Can Go On Even When You Feel Like Giving Up I honestly didn’t think I’d survive the first month of being widowed, yet here I am… 88 months […]

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  • Ten Ways To Keep Your Spouse’s Memory Alive

    Posted on July 9, 2019 - by Peggy Bell

    Becoming widowed is a gut-wrenching experience. It brings so much sadness and loneliness to our lives. It takes a huge adjustment to get through those days along the grief journey. […]

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  • Fly On

    Posted on June 22, 2019 - by Rosemary James

    “You found your wings, then you flew away from me,” resonates off the newly painted, lantern-gold bedroom walls. A brighter color to enliven my spirits. We had decided to paint […]

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  • Being Exquisitely Seen

    Posted on May 29, 2019 - by Tambre Leighn

    Books Saved Me I’ve been a lover of words and books and writers since childhood. I treasure the way we can be educated, transported, and transformed through what we read […]

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  • Grief Through the Rearview Mirror

    Posted on April 7, 2019 - by Tambre Leighn

    This big, horrible thing happens. You lose the person with whom you chose to partner for the challenging, amazing, and, sometimes, scary thing called life. Each of us has our […]

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  • Surviving Widowhood: Check Your Track Record

    Posted on February 10, 2019 - by Kerry Phillips

    There is something about widowhood that brings you to your knees. I remember feeling trapped in an alternative universe trying to make sense of the chaos that surrounded me. The […]

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  • Taking Care of Yourself Through the Grief Process: Interview with Dr. Howard R. Winokuer

    Posted on December 18, 2018 - by Howard Winokuer

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Dr. Howard R. Winokuer about burnout after the death of a loved one and how we can […]

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  • A Widower’s Christmas Wish List

    Posted on December 17, 2018 - by Herb Knoll

    From as far away as Australia to the British Isles, from Canada to Nigeria, the Widowers Support Network hears the cries of men who mourn the loss of their wife, […]

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  • Perfect: Letter to a Deceased, Beloved Husband

    Posted on November 16, 2018 - by Linda Freudenberger

    Dear Jim, Music was blaring at Caesar’s Palace disco in Allentown, Pa. as we made our way through the crowd. My brother Dave and his fiancee, Ellen, convinced me to […]

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  • Giving Back After Coping with a Loss: Interview with Dr.Janna Henning

    Posted on September 6, 2018 - by Heidi Horsley

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Dr. Janna Henning about her losses and how she went on to help other people the way […]

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  • To The Widow Struggling With Guilt

    Posted on September 3, 2018 - by Kerry Phillips

    On the outside, the world sees you hurting from the loss of your spouse. They don’t know; however, that in addition to the “normal” feelings of grief, you’re also struggling […]

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  • Widowers – Forced to Live in the Shadows

    Posted on July 4, 2018 - by Herb Knoll

    When asked, few people can name even one man who has been widowed.  But given a few moments for additional consideration, many are likely to say, “Oh wait a minute, […]

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  • Sunrise of Hope

    Posted on June 7, 2018 - by Diane Dettmann

    “I want people working through grief to know they are strong, capable, resilient human beings who have the strength to survive the death of their spouse and find themselves again—maybe even […]

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  • Every Single Breath

    Posted on May 7, 2018 - by Tambre Leighn

    The 17th anniversary of my husband’s passing was on my mind in the days leading up to it. Some years, it slipped by me without much notice. Other years, the […]

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  • My Big Widow Regret: Find Your Tribe

    Posted on May 7, 2018 - by Kerry Phillips

    At 32 years old, instead of planning my first wedding anniversary celebration, I was planning my husband’s funeral. There were no warnings, no time to say a final goodbye. One […]

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  • Life After Loss the Afterwards

    Posted on April 23, 2018 - by Laurel D. Rund

    On February 11th, 2018 it was nine years since my husband, Marty, passed away.  I saw a post on Instagram the other day which took my breath away because the […]

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  • There Was a Door…

    Posted on March 29, 2018 - by Linda Freudenberger

    I was on the inside perched on the comfy green recliner staring at our newly painted front door. I used to listen to music or the television while I played […]

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  • Love and Grief: When Loss Enters Marriage

    Posted on March 3, 2018 - by Luellen Hoffman

    Like most family-oriented guys, my friend Chris searched and searched for his true partner and soul mate.  I watched on the sideline as he spent months, lamenting on how he […]

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  • The Stuff of Death

    Posted on January 18, 2018 - by Kim Shute

    When my grandmother died, no one had touched the belongings in her attic or most of her house in at least 11 years. Her attic was the kind you access […]

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  • When the Final Words Were Angry

    Posted on December 26, 2017 - by Gloria Horsley

    I’m sure you have heard the marriage advice “Don’t go to bed angry.” Resolving spats before bedtime is the advice offered by almost any long-married couple. What happens when differences […]

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  • 7 Survival Strategies for the Newly Bereaved

    Posted on December 17, 2017 - by Tambre Leighn

    As a grief recovery coach, I often get emails from people who have just recently suffered a loss. They all want to know the same thing. What can they do […]

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    Episode 155: Widowed; The ups and downs of dating again

    Posted on December 19, 2018 - by admin

    On This show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Kelley Lynn, John Polo, and Michelle Miller, empowerment coaches, best selling authors, and speakers about dating after the death of […]

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    Episode 154: Widowed, Rants, and Raves

    Posted on December 18, 2018 - by admin

    On This show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Kelley Lynn, John Polo, and Michelle Miller, empowerment coaches, best selling authors, and speakers on how they help the bereaved […]

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    Episode 153: I lost the love of my life; how do I go on?

    Posted on December 18, 2018 - by admin

    On this show Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview comedian Carol Scibeli, author of Poor Widow Me and journalist, Laura Fahrenthold, author of The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles, regarding […]

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    Episode 150: Spouse Loss Hurts

    Posted on December 10, 2018 - by admin

    On this show Dr’s Heidi and Gloria Horsley interview Lisa Kolb bereaved spouse of Erik, who died in a climbing accident on Mount Rainier, and Jenna Cohen MSW, whose husband, […]

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    Episode 140: Who Grieves Harder After Spouse Loss Men Or Women

    Posted on August 7, 2018 - by admin

    On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley explores with bereaved spouses, John Polo and Lisa Kolb, the challenges and issues related to the death of a spouse. Contemporary issues such as […]

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    Episode 130: Active Grieving: Writing Through Grief

    Posted on April 10, 2018 - by admin

    On this show Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Herb Knoll and Annah Elizabeth about Active Grieving: Writing Through Grief.  Herb Knoll author of The Widower’s Journey, lost […]

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    Episode 125: Creating Healing Communities After Loss

    Posted on February 26, 2018 - by admin

    Debbie Rambis joined The Compassionate Friends in 2011 after the drowning death of her 29 year old son Tony.  She has served in numerous capacities for The Compassionate Friends, and […]