Loss of a Family Member


  • Soul and Grief Connection

    Posted on April 8, 2024 - by Ilana Estelle

    The soul and grief are deeply intertwined in many spiritual and philosophical traditions. It’s only natural that after someone dies, those they leave behind will start to question and want […]

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  • Grief and Joy Merge in Love

    Posted on March 25, 2024 - by Judy Lipson

    Grief is Love, Joy is Love What words come to mind when we think of love? I think of emotion, devotion, adoration, and respect. Each person may have their own […]

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  • Walking through Grief

    Posted on March 25, 2024 - by Ilana Estelle

    I write about grief to help me through the ‘grieving process’ after the loss of my twin. I hope it helps you too. Grief is complex; it’s based around individual […]

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  • Grief Can Transform the Future

    Posted on March 4, 2024 - by Ilana Estelle

    Grief can throw a spanner in the works, but it can also bring acceptance and closure positively, so long as we’re honest with ourselves. Our experiences can distort our perception […]

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  • A Spiritual and Healing Journey

    Posted on February 26, 2024 - by Ilana Estelle

    Spirituality and healing around grief is inevitably an individual and personal journey, with no two people sharing the same experiences. While my interest in spirituality started in childhood, my spiritual […]

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  • Emotional Responses to Grief

    Posted on February 19, 2024 - by Ilana Estelle

    Grief is a highly individual and complex emotional experience that manifests differently in each of us. People may express their grief through a variety of emotions and behaviours. Some common […]

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  • The Comfort of Linking Objects 

    Posted on December 5, 2023 - by Harriet Hodgson

    The Comfort of Linking Objects Giving away linking objects is part of my story. Linking objects are things that belong to the deceased person, such as a watch, a bread […]

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  • Sadness After Sibling Loss

    Posted on April 2, 2023 - by Sue Trace Lawrence

    Sadness After Sibling Loss When a loved one dies, everyone expects the family to experience sadness. Sadness has become a synonym for grief, but the truth is, grief is usually […]

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  • About Your Room: Letting Go of a Son’s Belongings

    Posted on February 16, 2023 - by Elizabeth Brady

    Dismantling the Room Your blue camo backpack hung on the back of your desk chair with your Pittsburgh Penguins baseball cap on top of it for eight years. It was […]

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  • Hope Fatigue: Can We Keep Hope Alive?

    Posted on October 24, 2022 - by Sara Striefel

    I learned a term recently that inspired a new conversation with myself and with the world around me: Hope fatigue. Hope fatigue itself isn’t new. We’ve all experienced the feeling […]

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  • How to Survive a Memorial Service by Eating All the Cookies

    Posted on July 12, 2022 - by Sherry Walling

    Dad Helped Plan His Memorial Service We had a memorial service for my dad. He helped plan the shindig. He picked the songs for the video slideshow, asked me to […]

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  • Mantras for Mourning: How to Coexist with Grief

    Posted on June 29, 2022 - by Sara Striefel

    Mantras for Mourning Two and a half years after my mother’s death, I still discover unexpected ways in which grief opens my heart. I am learning that grief, while painful […]

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  • The Difference Between Healing and Curing

    Posted on June 1, 2022 - by Kelly Grosklags

    There is a difference between healing and curing. We cannot change a diagnosis or a loss that has occurred. We cannot be sure that we will be cured. But we […]

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  • Change, the Unwanted Gift

    Posted on June 1, 2022 - by Bernie Siegel

    My wife died 10 days before I wrote these words. What I know I have lost is her physical body, and it makes me feel emptier than I have ever […]

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  • Finding Your Inner Grief Guide

    Posted on June 1, 2022 - by Bernie Siegel

    Finding My Inner Grief Guide Many years ago, I attended a workshop to enhance my ability to empower my cancer patients to recover. We were taught about imagery and asked […]

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  • Cultivating Hope During Difficult Times

    Posted on March 27, 2022 - by Dr. Peggy DeLong

    Hope for Better Days What do you do when it seems like everything is going wrong? What can you do when it feels like you’ve got too much burden to […]

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  • The Ebb and Flow of Grief

    Posted on March 27, 2022 - by Brandi Reyna

    Eleven Years Later If you would have told me 11 years ago, when I first lost my fiancé Greg a few weeks before our wedding day, that I would be […]

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    Does Talking About Grief Help?

    Posted on February 16, 2022 - by Phil Rich

    Does talking about grief help? Any time you pick up a book that deals with psychology or self-improvement, or you listen to a therapist, you hear the idea that it’s […]

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  • Episode 192: Finding Love After Loss

    Posted on June 20, 2022 - by admin

    What qualities would you like in a soul mate? Join Dr’s Gloria and Heidi Horsley and their guest Dr. Frank Powers Licensed Psychologist and artist.  Dr. Powers lost his father […]

  • Episode 190: Dating After Loss?

    Posted on June 20, 2022 - by admin

    How do you know if you are ready to date again? Join Dr’s Gloria and Heidi Horsley and their guest Dr. Frank Powers Licensed Psychologist and artist. Dr. Powers lost […]