Loss of a Family Member

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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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  • The Grieving Codependent

    Posted on September 9, 2020 - by Mary Joye

    Codependency is a term that gets tossed around a lot but few seem to know what it really means. Even those who suffer from it can be completely unaware it’s […]

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  • Why Do I Feel So Guilty?

    Posted on July 20, 2020 - by Catherine McNulty

    In my humble opinion, western society drastically underestimates the magnitude of grief.  Losing someone you love can be one of the most traumatic events many people will face.  Death and […]

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  • Fear at the Door, Rest Inside

    Posted on July 8, 2020 - by Nathan Peterson

    In the spring of 2012, I heard this word: “Rest.” I knew this word was important. I knew it held something of great value — something good for me. But […]

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  • The Gravity of Black Grief

    Posted on July 8, 2020 - by Greg Adams

    Let’s be clear right up front. For so many things in the grief and loss world, I just don’t get it. I have never been pregnant, felt the movement of […]

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  • What Kind of Courage Does Grief Require?

    Posted on June 25, 2020 - by Elaine Voci

    This is an excerpt from The Five Most Harmful Myths About Grief by Elaine Voci, Ph.D. which is available on Amazon.com In writing this booklet, my purpose is to contribute […]

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  • Who is the Lost Loved One? Us.

    Posted on June 16, 2020 - by Basia Mosinski

    This is an excerpt of LOST to FOUND: Surviving the Death of Your Child by Basia Mosinski, available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720222657 Often in grief circles we hear the term ‘loss’, as if […]

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  • ‘Crazy’ Grief Dreams Often the Most Profound

    Posted on June 9, 2020 - by Lois Schaffer

    Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life without them is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. — Langston Hughes.   I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge […]

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  • Personal Growth and Trauma

    Posted on June 8, 2020 - by Gloria Horsley

    Trauma does create post-traumatic stress, but it also can lead to extraordinary personal growth. On today’s Facebook Live, Heidi and I explored this idea with Dr. Richard Tedeschi, a professor of […]

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  • Building Resilience Through Art

    Posted on June 3, 2020 - by Elaine Voci

    This is an excerpt from Resilience Art: A Grief Coloring Book Using Ritual and Music to Help You Grow by Elaine Voci, Ph.D. which is available on Amazon.com. I believe […]

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  • Death, Loss and Spiritual Growth

    Posted on June 1, 2020 - by Gloria Horsley

    Are you having a difficult time coping with the loss of a loved one during these traumatic times? Today, on Facebook Live, Heidi talked with Galen Goben, Grief Support Director […]

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    Join Us for an International Day of Coping with Grief Event

    Posted on May 29, 2020 - by Gloria Horsley

    Today, on our Facebook Live discussion, Heidi and I talked about how to cope with the fact that all of the upcoming bereavement conferences have been cancelled due to the […]

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  • Widowing and Social Distancing: Tips for Staying Connected

    Posted on May 25, 2020 - by Kerry Phillips

    Widowhood is already isolating, and now with social distancing, it can be an even lonelier existence. Here are a few tips to stay active, engaged, and connected: Remember this too […]

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  • ‘Speaking Grief’

    Posted on May 25, 2020 - by Elizabeth Brady

    On Tuesday, May 5, Speaking Grief aired on WPSU and other public television stations across the country. The aim of the documentary is to “create a more grief-aware society by […]

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  • Bereavement Struggles During COVID-19

    Posted on May 22, 2020 - by Gloria Horsley

    As we know, we are experiencing life and death during unprecedented times. That means that all the things we did do to address bereavement and loss aren’t possible right now. […]

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  • My Loved One Died and the Grief Hurts

    Posted on May 13, 2020 - by Larry Patten

    This is an excerpt from Larry Patten’s A Companion for the Hospice Journey which is available on Amazon or though his website Hospice Matters.   He has died. She has […]

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  • Happiness After Loss is a Choice

    Posted on May 11, 2020 - by Gloria Horsley

    Are you afraid you will never be happy again after experiencing a loss? Many people feel that way after losing a loved one or they feel guilty at the thought […]

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  • 5 Truths About Grief That Will Make The Process Easier To Manage

    Posted on May 4, 2020 - by Nat Juchems

    Dealing with loss is an unimaginable process, something that, unfortunately, you have to experience to understand. But, this isn’t to say that there is one universal grieving process. Grief is […]

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    Handling Emotions During COVID-19

    Posted on April 27, 2020 - by Gloria Horsley

    Are you wondering what to say or how to respond to others during this stressful time? Sheltering in place for this extended amount of time can create some uncomfortable interactions […]

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  • End of Life Issues During COVID-19

    Posted on April 24, 2020 - by Gloria Horsley

    Do you have a family member who has recently died?  Due to visitation restrictions, sheltering in, and social distancing, bereaved families are experiencing isolation and loneliness.  Barbara Karnes, RN, author, […]

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  • Caregiver Burnout During COVID-19

    Posted on April 23, 2020 - by Gloria Horsley

    Are you feeling worried, anxious, and exhausted?  Who takes care of the caregiver? Social worker Rob Zucker, bereaved spouse and grief counselor, joined us for a discussion on our podcast […]

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    Support For High-Risk Individuals During COVID-19

    Posted on April 20, 2020 - by Gloria Horsley

    The loss of a loved one is powerful and can lead many to struggle with how to cope. Add other issues to this equation, and today’s high-risk individuals may be […]

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    Affirmations to Ease Your Grief

    Posted on April 18, 2020 - by Harriet Hodgson

    Here are 10 affirmations from my book, 101 Affirmations to Ease Your Grief Journey, available from Amazon. As I reconcile my losses, I give myself permission to say no to […]

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