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  • Patricia Therese: Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria

    Posted on September 26, 2018 - by Gloria Horsley

    As the first Bereavement Consultant for the Catholic Cemeteries and Crematoria, established under the archdiocese of the Catholic Church in Australia, Therese attended the 2015 Association of Death Education and […]

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    Spirituality After a Loss: Interview with Reverend Michael Jemmott

    Posted on August 10, 2018 - by Gloria Horsley

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Reverend Michael Jemmott about faith and spirituality after loss. Reverend Michael works with bereaved people in Baltimore […]

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    Ministry of Bereavement: Interview with Ronald Ritter

    Posted on May 17, 2014 - by Gloria Horsley

    Today, we had the privilege to interview Ron Ritter about a very basic tool that will assist people of faith to minister intelligently and effectively to those who grieve. The […]

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    Soul Pain, Grief and Transformation

    Posted on April 19, 2011 - by Jane Simington

    Between tearful sobs, Mary confides the painful story of how her life has become meaningless and of how parenting issues and marital problems have escalated since the suicide death of […]

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    Hope Eternal: Miscarriage Doesn’t End Mother-Daughter Bond

    Posted on March 5, 2011 - by Heather Arbuckle

    We call her Hope. Our baby, lost to us in late January 2003, was with us only briefly. Eight weeks to be exact. Not long enough to take her first […]

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    Grief Leads to Deeper Understanding of God

    Posted on February 3, 2011 - by Barb Roberts

    Every day, we and those around us experience loss, change, and transitions that we must grieve.  Grief is intense emotional suffering caused by loss, and while it is normal, it […]

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    Walking Wounded at the Holidays

    Posted on December 27, 2010 - by Christine Thiele

    I am one of the walking wounded. On most days, you can’t see my scars. During the holidays, as families gather, plan and celebrate, my scar begins to show. It […]

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    Death at Center of her Life

    Posted on October 28, 2010 - by Gabrielle Michel

    Sometimes I wonder if our lives are predestined or if we really have choice. Often it seems the universe conspires to lead us in a particular direction, and no matter […]

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    Where Was God?

    Posted on October 28, 2010 - by Howard Winokuer

    co-authored with Heidi Horsley, PsyD, LMSW, MS, executive director of Open to Hope Foundation Footprints in the Sand “So I said to the Lord, You promised me Lord, that if […]

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    The Hard Work of Dying

    Posted on July 15, 2010 - by Stan Goldberg

    Imagine that you’re preparing for a thirty-day trip to a foreign country and you’re limited to taking only what can be carried in a backpack. Your decisions on what to […]

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    Dying Woman Experiences Heaven Before Death

    Posted on June 29, 2010 - by Dr. Jane R. Westerfield

    After my father, Bishop Frank L. Robertson (Brother Frank), retired from the Episcopacy of the United Methodist Church, he was asked to be the founding pastor of a new church […]

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    Mother Tells Story of Child’s Death, Her Own Faith

    Posted on June 11, 2010 - by Kate VanDerPloog

    I was coasting through life, pretty comfortably, when suddenly I experienced something no mother should have to go through. I came out on the other side only due to God’s […]

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    The Miracle of the Vigil

    Posted on June 10, 2010 - by Dr. Jane R. Westerfield

    On Friday, November 5, 1999, as the sun rose over the ocean at St. Simons Island, Georgia, my mother, LuReese Watson Robertson, quietly yielded her spirit to God’s eternal care. […]

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    Kevin Quiles Has New Book on Spiritual Care to Elderly

    Posted on April 20, 2010 - by Kevin Quiles

    Spiritual Care to Elderly and Dying Loved Ones is now available. Using over a decade of experience as a spiritual and bereavement counselor, author Kevin Quiles, M.Div. — who is […]

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    Mother Maintains Contact with Deceased Son

    Posted on April 17, 2010 - by Sheri Perl

    To all of my fellow parents of deceased children — mothers and fathers — I offer greetings.  I too have suffered this unthinkable loss and know the grief that accompanies it. […]

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    Bond to Deceased Child Can Go On

    Posted on March 29, 2010 - by Sheri Perl

    From the moment you become a parent, there are two questions that become first and foremost in your mind:  Where is my child? Is he/she okay?  Even when you are dealing […]

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    Military Families: The Shock of ‘Killed in Action’

    Posted on March 8, 2010 - by Kevin Quiles

    One early weeknight, I accompanied military personnel to announce the most dreaded news that any family could receive. Once we arrived at the address, we walked up to the lighted […]

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    We’re Strengthened When We Say ‘I’m Here’

    Posted on March 7, 2010 - by Tony Falzano

    I recently attended calling hours to support a close friend who had suddenly lost her cousin to cancer. When I arrived, I joined the end of the receiving line and […]

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    Should We Grieve?

    Posted on March 5, 2010 - by James Einert

    Should we grieve? The Bible says we should cry at birth and rejoice at death. So should we grieve? Webster’s Dictionary gives grief the following definition, “Deep and poignant distress […]

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    God Doesn’t ‘Zap’ Those Who Express Emotion

    Posted on February 20, 2010 - by Kevin Quiles

    In my twelve years as spiritual counselor, I have seen men and women choke back their feelings while simultaneously defending the Almighty who supposedly allowed the devastating events to take place. […]

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    Dying Stands Logic on its Head

    Posted on January 26, 2010 - by Stan Goldberg

    We often harshly judge behaviors we don’t understand. They can involve someone’s ingratitude or anger, or actions we label as foolish. I recently was guilty of the same thing here […]

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    What is the Role of Anger in Grief?

    Posted on December 18, 2009 - by Norman Fried

    What can be said about the meaning of anger; and what role does anger play in our eventual recovery from grief? We know that, as humans, we are capable of […]

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