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  • Assembling My Grief Survival Kit: What’s In Yours?

    Posted on January 15, 2021 - by Harriet Hodgson

    My husband died two weeks ago, but I had been preparing for his death a long time. I was my husband’s caregiver and watched him summon courage when he learned […]

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  • Writing Happy Holiday Memories

    Posted on December 23, 2020 - by Linda Freudenberger

    I wrote this story as a happy Christmas memory…it especially holds true since my husband passed in 2017.  I found a Charlie Brown-like tree: pitiful, sparse, complete with Charlie, Snoopy, […]

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  • Change: The Unwanted Gift

    Posted on December 19, 2020 - by Bernie Siegel

    “What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly. ” – Richard Bach Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 — To everything there is a season; And a time […]

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  • Stages of Grief: Real of Not?

    Posted on December 14, 2020 - by Peggy Bell

    Excerpt from Life After Loss For Widows: Lifting the Veil of Grief You may have heard there are stages of grief we all go through. If you google it, you […]

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  • 5 Reasons to Still Celebrate This Holiday Season Even Though You’re Grieving

    Posted on December 13, 2020 - by Peggy Bell

    Sometimes after losing our spouse, it is difficult to find things to be happy about. In the early stages of our grief, finding anything good in our life requires coming […]

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  • Navigating 5 Life Changes: Reflections on the Journey

    Posted on December 8, 2020 - by Mary Lou Meddaugh

    This is an excerpt from Navigating 5 Life Changes: An Odyssey of Resiliency and Hope, which is available at: https://www.creativecoachingmethods.com/ “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of […]

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  • Navigating 5 Life Changes: Coming Home

    Posted on December 6, 2020 - by Mary Lou Meddaugh

    This is an excerpt from Navigating 5 Life Changes: An Odyssey of Resiliency and Hope, available at: https://www.creativecoachingmethods.com/ “The world is round and the place which may seem like the […]

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  • Navigating 5 Life Changes: Adrift at Sea

    Posted on December 4, 2020 - by Mary Lou Meddaugh

    This is an excerpt from Navigating 5 Life Changes: An Odyssey of Resiliency and Hope, available at: https://www.creativecoachingmethods.com/ “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, […]

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  • Navigating 5 Life Changes: A Major Loss

    Posted on December 1, 2020 - by Mary Lou Meddaugh

    This is an excerpt from Navigating 5 Life Changes: An Odyssey of Resiliency and Hope, which is available at: https://www.creativecoachingmethods.com/ “What lies behind us and what lies before us are […]

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  • Navigating 5 Life Changes: Love, Loss and Renewal

    Posted on November 28, 2020 - by Mary Lou Meddaugh

    This is an excerpt from Navigating 5 Life Changes: An Odyssey of Resiliency and Hope, which is available on my website: https://www.creativecoachingmethods.com/ When we hear the word odyssey what images […]

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  • Navigating 5 Life Changes: An Odyssey of Resiliency and Hope

    Posted on November 25, 2020 - by Mary Lou Meddaugh

    This is an excerpt from Navigating 5 Life Changes, An Odyssey of Resiliency and Hope, which is available at https://www.creativecoachingmethods.com/ Preface to the Book A major life change has “an […]

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  • Navigating 5 Life Changes: Overview

    Posted on November 23, 2020 - by Mary Lou Meddaugh

    This is an excerpt from “Navigating 5 Life Changes,” An Odyssey of Resiliency and Hope” which is available on my website: https://www.creativecoachingmethods.com/ All Rights Reserved. First Edition. Copyright 2018 by […]

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  • Soldier On: When Hope is Fading

    Posted on September 25, 2020 - by James Sesnak

    https://www.amazon.com/Soldier-James Sesnak/dp/1733872205/ref=sr_1_1?crid=28YNX3RJYSQO&dchild=1&keywords=soldier+on+sesnak&qid=1600520693&sprefix=soldier+on%2Caps%2C211&sr=8-1 “The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That’s the deal.” C.S.Lewis   C.S. Lewis’s memorable quote summarizes my life as I write these words. […]

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  • Anxiety Over Fading Memories

    Posted on September 20, 2020 - by Bob Baugher

    This is an excerpt from the book: Coping with Grief: A Guide for the Bereaved Survivor by Bob Baugher. You can order it at: www.bobbaugher.com   One of the most […]

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  • The Awakening: A Widow-to-Be in Five Scenes

    Posted on April 16, 2020 - by Ginny Grulke

    SCENE I I awoke with a start; I had been buried in a dream, but a sound reached in and pulled me out abruptly. Was it a thump? Raising up […]

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  • Do It Anyway

    Posted on February 22, 2020 - by Allen Klein

    This is an excerpt from Embracing Life After Loss: A Gentle Guide for Growing Through Grief by Allen Klein. Available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Life-After-Loss-Growing/dp/1642500062/ref=sr_1_1?crid=330F5I7PHDK96&keywords=embracing+life+after+loss+klein&qid=1579904828&sprefix=Embracing+lif%2Caps%2C219&sr=8-1 Life is risky; we are all […]

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  • Give Yourself a G.I.F.T. This Holiday Season

    Posted on October 31, 2019 - by Kerry Phillips

    The holidays are a time of togetherness and family traditions. It’s even been dubbed the “most wonderful time of the year.” But for many in the widowed community, it can […]

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  • Recovery in Pieces

    Posted on October 31, 2019 - by Tambre Leighn

    It’s been many years, many miles, and many tears since the early, raw days of being widowed. The life I am living now is one I would never have recognized […]

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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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  • Telling-Your-Child-About-a-Death

    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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