Loss of a Family Member

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  • Coping When Your Best Friend Prematurely Ends Their Life

    Posted on August 13, 2019 - by Alexis Schaffer

    When we lose someone we love, there are a lot of thoughts and feelings that flood in and overwhelm us. Dealing with the shock of it all can send anyone […]

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  • Four Things that Helped Me When my Friend, Sarah, Died

    Posted on April 27, 2019 - by Heidi Gessner

    “If I had a flower or every time I thought of you, I could walk through my garden forever.” — Alfred Tennyson “I have some sad news about my sister […]

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  • Giving Back After Coping with a Loss: Interview with Dr.Janna Henning

    Posted on September 6, 2018 - by Heidi Horsley

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Dr. Janna Henning about her losses and how she went on to help other people the way […]

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  • Friends and Death

    Posted on April 23, 2016 - by Alan Pedersen

    The Executive Director of The Compassionate Friends, Alan Pedersen, joins the Grief Relief show with Dr. Gloria Horsley. Dr. Darcie Sims joins the show to talk about how you lose […]

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    Pursuit of ‘Answers’ May Be Way to Avoid Feelings

    Posted on September 1, 2015 - by Annie Marler

    When someone dies suddenly or in unexpected circumstances, you will be overcome by the sort of grief that seems consuming (with all of the complicating bedfellows of anger, disbelief, guilt) […]

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    Giving Back After Coping with a Loss with Dr. Janna Henning

    Posted on August 7, 2015 - by Heidi Horsley

    When Dr. Janna Henning experienced her own loss, it encouraged her to help others in similar situations heal. Dr. Henning talked with Dr. Heidi Horsley at the 2015 Association for […]

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    Writer Penny Slusher on Somber-Free Rites

    Posted on January 8, 2015 - by Nancy Gershman

    Buying presents for the dead and gifting them; knowing your “mama dance” and texting as the deceased: this and more when memory artist, Nancy Gershman talks with writer and actress Penny Slusher about somber-free rites. […]

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    Comic Yisrael Campbell on Uplifting the Dying

    Posted on August 23, 2014 - by Nancy Gershman

    How can you use your talents to make the dying feel like they’re at the center of your universe? Be a DJ on a pretend radio station with your friend’s name […]

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    The Upside of Sadness in Our Grief Journeys

    Posted on May 19, 2014 - by David Roberts

    Entitled No More During the last few days of my existence, I have experienced more sadness than usual. Considering that I am a parent whose child died  over 11 years […]

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    How to Help Children After a Traumatic Death

    Posted on February 19, 2014 - by Linda Goldman

    Peter was seven-years-old. He died of a brain tumor soon after he fainted on the school playground. Peter had first complained to his teacher of a bad headache, then fell […]

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    Comedy writer Joe Janes on Truthful Memorialization

    Posted on December 5, 2013 - by Nancy Gershman

    Truthful memorialization means talking about Mom stoically eating Joe’s tofurkey. Or Mom openly guzzling “horrible things” like caffeine-free diet coke in front of her vegan son. How Joe honors these mischievous […]

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    Holiday Sorrows and Precious Gifts

    Posted on October 13, 2013 - by Thomas Attig

    I am sure that I am not alone in approaching American Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years with sorrow in my heart over the death of a loved one.  I hope […]

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    Sister Unloads Grief Years After Brother’s Suicide

    Posted on August 7, 2013 - by Tarah Hipple

    I was a sweet, blue-eyed seven-year-old girl watching The Parent Trap while my big brother was babysitting. He got me a cup of water after asking if there was anything […]

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    Anxiety and Fear in Grief: When Your Mind is Not Your Friend

    Posted on May 20, 2013 - by Susan Troccolo

    In the past year, I’ve lost two women in my family from cancer. I’ve felt the searing loss and pain that these deaths have brought, in part because I am […]

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    The Magic of a Love Letter to the Dying

    Posted on February 6, 2013 - by Janet Gallin

    I got a wonderful lesson in the value of writing love letters to the dying on my last visit to M, my friend of forty years plus, who had, at […]

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    Writing to a Friend in Hospice

    Posted on December 30, 2012 - by Harriet Hodgson

    Because I was out of town for several weekends, I missed several Sunday church services. When I returned to church, I saw a friend of mine. She had lost so […]

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    Seeing the Beauty of Life in the Wake of Death

    Posted on November 14, 2012 - by Brandi Reyna

    Often as we are grieving, it is difficult to see the beauty that is left in our lives. For many who are grieving in the first year or two after […]

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    Losing a Friend, Finding Her Son Years Later

    Posted on July 5, 2012 - by Janet Gallin

    Carol and I slipped thoroughly and whole-heartedly into each other’s lives when we were 12 and she transferred to into my Junior High School. She was funny, emotionally brave, self-governing, […]

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    First Birthdays in Widowhood

    Posted on July 5, 2012 - by Cindy Adams

    My 35th birthday came a month into widowhood. One of my best friends took me out to dinner that evening. You really know who your closest friends are when it […]

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    Choosing to Say Goodbye

    Posted on June 29, 2012 - by Anne Hamilton

    There’s a time when you have to say goodbye, and a time when you choose to say goodbye. For the first time, I chose to say goodbye to my friend […]

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    Teen Mourns the Death of Her Best Friend

    Posted on April 27, 2012 - by Marty Tousley

    Question from a reader: When I was 12 years old, my best friend in the whole world died, one month before her 12th birthday. She was in the swimming pool […]

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    Playing With Ashes

    Posted on February 29, 2012 - by Adele R. McDowell

    It’s been a tender week. This week marks the first anniversary of the death of my dear friend, E, who left the earth plane suddenly and unexpectedly, just two weeks […]

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    Death of An Ex-Spouse

    Posted on February 22, 2012 - by Marty Tousley

    A reader writes: I’m not really sure how to explain how I feel after losing my ex-spouse a month ago—especially since he died the same day I was having major […]

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    Grieving, She Tries to Accept the Emptiness

    Posted on December 7, 2011 - by Gemini Adams

    While walking my dogs this morning, I was reflecting on the fact that I have acquired a wonderful set of girlfriends who are kind-hearted, intelligent, generous and fun. Nothing unusual […]

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    Psalm 23 Creates Healing Connection

    Posted on August 21, 2011 - by Barbara Francis

    Grief is the price we pay for love. —Queen Elizabeth II My best friend was dead. My faith was shattered. It was too much for me. I felt that I, […]

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    ‘Wish You Were Here’: Friend’s Death Stirs Deep Emotions

    Posted on August 1, 2011 - by Heather Arbuckle

    I had just returned from a visit back home to Iowa. It was the first morning after a long drive back to Texas, and I was pouting. I missed my […]

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    Losing My Mentor: Remembering Romulus Linney

    Posted on January 29, 2011 - by Anne Hamilton

    I lost a great friend and mentor this month.  Romulus Linney, the playwright and novelist, died in New York of lung cancer. In a twist of fate, Rom’s daughter, the […]

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    Farewell to a ‘Transitioning’ Friend

    Posted on January 24, 2011 - by Kathryn Williams Raths

    If you have or you are currently sitting bedside of a loved one in hospice, you are probably struggling with accepting the thought and reality of letting your beloved go.  […]

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    Poem: Across The Waves

    Posted on December 15, 2010 - by Dr. Jane R. Westerfield

    Across the ocean’s waves, around the world Your message of sorrow came to me No matter that we’ve not met face to face, my Dear Friend, Through the written word, […]

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    Woman Loses Organs to Cancer, Still Revels in Life

    Posted on September 1, 2010 - by Kathryn Williams Raths

    I want to tell you the story of Louella Gaines from Ypsilanti, Michigan, who has persevered through many bouts of cancer, during which she has lost a lung, a kidney, […]

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    Revisiting Loss 30 Years Later ‘Refreshing’

    Posted on July 30, 2010 - by Anne Hamilton

    Last year, when the 30th anniversary of my friend Curtis’ death was coming up, I set out on a journey of healing, to clean out whatever vestiges of internal emotional […]

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    Script-writing Helps Her Understand Meaning of Loss

    Posted on July 28, 2010 - by Anne Hamilton

    The body is gone, but the love remains. This is the bottom line for so many of us. We may miss the person’s physical presence, but more often it’s the […]

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    When a Friend Dies

    Posted on July 26, 2010 - by Ken Doka

    When I picked up my four-year old grandson at preschool, Kenny was proud to introduce me to his new friend.  Even at a young age, we begin the life-long process […]

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    Writing Poetry Helps Decades After Friend’s Death

    Posted on July 24, 2010 - by Anne Hamilton

    June 11th of last year was the 30th anniversary of the death of my friend Curtis in a car accident. As part of my healing process, I set out on […]

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    Teens Often Best at Consoling Each Other

    Posted on June 26, 2010 - by Kay Clowney

    I’ve gotten accustomed in my 60s to having that phone call that a friend has become very ill or died. It’s not that I’m callused but I’m knocking on the […]

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    Maintaining Emotional Fluency through Artistic Expression

    Posted on May 29, 2010 - by Anne Hamilton

    Last year, when the 30th anniversary of his death was coming up, I set out on a journey of healing…

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    Death of ‘Neon Man’ Inspires Friend to Help Others

    Posted on March 25, 2010 - by Slash Coleman

    In 2004, I got a call that my best friend died.  Mark Jamison was a neon artist from Roanoke, Virginia, who was electrocuted after he was blown into a power line while hanging a […]

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    A Fresh Loss, New Lessons

    Posted on March 22, 2010 - by Ellen Besso

    “There are no random acts…We are all connected…You can no more separate one life from another than you can separate a breeze from the wind…” – Mitch Albom It’s true…I […]

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    The Road Back from Loss Leads to Grief-Counseling Career

    Posted on March 17, 2010 - by Kay Clowney

    The road back from any loss is crooked and wide, and sometimes even circular.  My experiences as a primary caregiver in my home (with hospice support) with my husband, my […]

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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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    Episode 149: Preserving Art Legacies After Loss

    Posted on November 28, 2018 - by admin

    Art leaves a lasting impression on the world and keeps legacies alive for generations. On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley and guest co-host Doneley Meris, Executive Director of HIV Arts […]

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    Episode 148: Friends Grieving Friends

    Posted on November 25, 2018 - by admin

    Friends often become chosen family, and the loss can be devastating. On this show Dr. Heidi Horsley and guest co-host Doneley Meris, Executive Director of HIV Arts Network, discuss with […]

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    Lynne Ann DeSpelder: Grief Rituals

    Posted on April 18, 2011 - by Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley

    Lynne Ann DeSpelder & Dr Heidi Horsley talk about creating death rituals in order to honor your loved ones.

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