Loss of a Family Member

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    Diary of a Bereaved Mother, Part 1

    Posted on January 20, 2022 - by Terri Leidich

    The following diary entries are excerpted from From a Grieving Mother’s Heart. Read part 2 of the diary at https://www.opentohope.com/diary-of-a-bereaved-mother-part-2/   Diary of a Bereaved Mother June 11th (Day 5) […]

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    Mourn Like a Dog: Mark the Absence, Maintain Connections

    Posted on January 20, 2022 - by Joni Sensel

    Mourn Like a Dog After my beloved partner, Tony, died without warning early one morning in 2017, I lived for the occasional sense that his spirit was near. Our dogs […]

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    A Life While Grieving

    Posted on September 19, 2021 - by Michelle Kaisersatt

    I see my four-year-old self, crouching beside my dad. Observing my younger sister lying on the grass. Her lips blue. Hair wet. Dad trying desperately to breathe in life. This […]

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    Every Person Has the Right to Grieve

    Posted on August 29, 2021 - by Amy K.L. Busch

    Every Person Has the Right to Grieve The title of one’s relationship does not dictate the depth of one’s grief.  Each and every person has a right to grieve and […]

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    Grieving During a Pandemic

    Posted on July 9, 2021 - by Harry Barry

    How does one go about grieving during a pandemic? The Covid pandemic has destroyed the fabric of our personal, social, working and community lives. So many lives have been lost. […]

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  • After a Major Loss: So, Now What?

    Posted on February 9, 2021 - by Greg Adams

    Many questions compete for attention when death comes and life changes. Among the many, there is at least one question that stubbornly remains as the numbness fades and our awareness […]

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  • Viewing the Body: Does it Help or Harm?

    Posted on February 7, 2021 - by Neil Chethik

    excerpted from FatherLoss, by Neil Chethik, available here. Should you view the body after a loved one’s death? Immediately after the father’s death, one important question for sons was whether […]

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  • How to Be Grateful in Grief

    Posted on February 5, 2021 - by Catherine McNulty

    Gratitude is a buzzword we hear all the time.   We hear it so much we often dismiss it.  To be honest, it’s a trend I ignored until a mentor told […]

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  • A Glimpse into Grieving in the New Year

    Posted on January 18, 2021 - by Bob Baugher

    If you are like most bereaved people, thinking about the future without your loved one is not pleasant. In thinking about the next year, some people shake their head saying, […]

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  • Focus on Hope

    Posted on January 15, 2021 - by Jill Smoot

    It came to me the other day. Almost as a shock. With all the craziness in this year of 2020. With faces hidden behind masks.  With people separated from family and […]

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  • No Freeway Between the Mind and the Heart

    Posted on November 23, 2020 - by Greg Adams

    Sometimes I come upon a passage in a book that on its own feels worth the price of the book. Here is that passage in That Good Night: Life and […]

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  • What to Look for in a Grief Companion

    Posted on November 23, 2020 - by Dr. Beth Hewett

    By Beth L. Hewett, PhD, CT When we’re grieving and want support from a grief companion, it’s important to choose helpers who understand grief, purposeful mourning, soulful and spiritual work, […]

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  • The Spiritual Woman Arises From Daughter’s Death

    Posted on October 30, 2020 - by Harriet Hodgson

    The Spiritual Woman grew from life experience. On a snowy Friday night in February of 2007, my daughter died from the injuries she received in a car crash. Surgeons operated on […]

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  • Understanding the Reaction of Others

    Posted on October 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   Understanding the Reaction of […]

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  • Understanding Anger During Bereavement

    Posted on October 13, 2020 - by Bob Baugher

    This is an excerpt from the book: Understanding Anger during Bereavement by Bob Baugher, Carol Hankins & Gary Hankins. You can order it at: www.bobbaugher.com   Components of Anger Expression One […]

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  • Creating a New Identity

    Posted on October 10, 2020 - by Susan Berger

    This is an excerpt from The Five Ways We Grieve, by Susan Berger, available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon: Confronting the reality of having to live a changed life requires […]

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  • Fear Comes From Loneliness; Don’t Grieve Alone

    Posted on October 8, 2020 - by Susan Berger

    This is an excerpt from The Five Ways We Grieve, available at Barnes & Noble, and Amazon: When we lose a loved one, fear is one of the strongest emotions we feel. […]

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  • Replenishing Through Grief

    Posted on October 6, 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. Is Self-Care Selfish? […]

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    Meaning Making

    Posted on October 6, 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.   Meaning Making […]

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  • Adapting to a New Reality: Taking ‘Grief Breaks’

    Posted on October 2, 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   Keep Learning […]

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  • Accepting the Unacceptable

    Posted on September 30, 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.   Defining Acceptance […]

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