Loss of a Family Member

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    Episode 131: Redefining Ourselves After Loss

    Posted on April 11, 2018 - by admin

    On this show, Dr. Gloria Horsley and Dr. Heidi Horsley interview Christine Duminiak and Dr. Tanya Lord about redefining ourselves after multiple losses.  Christine is an internationally recognized expert on […]

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    Unravelling of Life … My Sweater

    Posted on June 3, 2014 - by Susan Reynolds

    The sweater clothed me It sheltered me daily It covered my wounds It kept me safe It was comfortable   The occasional yarns that dangled or sprout forth Were quickly […]

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    Removing the Kimono of Mourning: Interview with Anne Carson

    Posted on May 17, 2014 - by Gloria Horsley

    One of the most important things in anyone’s bereavement process is to find what works personally/individually. There is an opportunity for much creativity in this process. The video features me […]

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    My Heart and Me: A Poem

    Posted on July 25, 2013 - by Tarah Hipple

    My heart and me Is all I need to be complete; I could try to stand But can’t Unless I know it’s for my heart and me. I couldn’t see […]

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    Someday: A Poem

    Posted on July 18, 2013 - by Tarah Hipple

    I may have lost myself somewhere along the way But I’ll be back when the dawn breaks…someday. Along my journey I walked into too many caves And the darkness made […]

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    A Haunting Disturbance: A Poem

    Posted on July 15, 2013 - by Tarah Hipple

    Maybe I’ll always be tortured by loud noises The sudden silence after it echoes through the trees Maybe my skin will always develop goosebumps As I hear the little girl […]

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    Poem: The Thief

    Posted on July 8, 2013 - by Tarah Hipple

    The night was cold, the fire burning old And the shepherd couldn’t take his eyes off his flock His stare was dry, life the air of the night And his […]

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    Poem: Whisper Goodnight

    Posted on July 3, 2013 - by Tarah Hipple

    Whisper Goodnight Now I’m strapped to the bark of Innocent trees While evil angels commit to do their Evil deeds They mock the obscenities of Torturing screams— And they sing […]

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    Poem: Eleven Years

    Posted on July 2, 2013 - by Tarah Hipple

    Eleven Years My love for you is unconditional However, so is my anger And I have waited eleven years For this devastation to be over But it has only just […]

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    Introduction: Innocence

    Posted on June 28, 2013 - by Tarah Hipple

    Maybe it’s peculiar that I don’t feel ashamed. My beauties are noticeable, but I’m proud of them. Some have called me crazy and maybe always will, but I won’t hide […]

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    Writing Poetry to Cope

    Posted on June 22, 2013 - by Karin Miller

    This summer is going to be a doozy: Our eldest daughter is about to climb behind the wheel of our family van. Yikes. Stop the clock already. I wish we […]

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    My Words to Live By: I Am Open

    Posted on June 18, 2013 - by Laurel D. Rund

    I recently spent some time with a special friend and she told me how she came to name her upcoming book  (which I hope to feature in a future blog). […]

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    Victims of Terrorism: If They Could Speak

    Posted on April 28, 2013 - by Rosanne Pellicane

    Please don’t be afraid. Yes, life is different now but remember when it was beautiful? Well, it will be again, though not the same. The wounds will heal, your tears […]

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    Poem: The Survivor

    Posted on February 15, 2013 - by Brandi Reyna

    Most days I am able to function Go through with my routine Get up and go and live life Just like you did Just like we did Find the beauty […]

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    This Puzzle Called Life by Laurel D. Rund

    Posted on November 18, 2012 - by Laurel D. Rund

    I was working my way through my own personal puzzle in 2010. It was a transformative time, as I moved through grief into an appreciation for my newly reshaped life […]

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    Former Widower Reviews ‘Go On,’ TV Show About Widower

    Posted on August 19, 2012 - by Abel Keogh

          I don’t watch a lot of TV. With five young kids and four books in various stages of completion, I don’t have the time or energy to […]

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    New Book Says Greatest Work Can Come From Darkest Moments

    Posted on July 22, 2012 - by Lauren Muscarella

    “There will always be something quite miraculous about the imagination,” writes Jonah Lehrer in his latest book Imagine: How Creativity Works. This is my second recommendation in a four-part series […]

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    Losing a Grandparent, Recalling Her Wisdom

    Posted on June 29, 2012 - by Gabrielle Michel

    It seems like I haven’t written in forever.  So much has happened in my world and in our world, I hardly know where to begin.  So, I’ll start with me, […]

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    Strength and Glory after Husband’s Death: Elegy to a Tree

    Posted on May 23, 2012 - by Laurel D. Rund

    About six months after my husband, Marty, passed away I turned to the creative voice within me to help me express my soul’s grief.  After enrolling in a drawing class, […]

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    Poem: Mother’s Day

    Posted on May 2, 2012 - by Deb Kosmer

    Our last Mother’s Day together you bought me a hammock. I remember your excitement as I opened it and my anticipation as you gleefully put it together. We all tried […]

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    The Storm, the Dove, Renewal

    Posted on April 21, 2012 - by Laurel D. Rund

    A week or two ago, a beautiful dove built a nest in a palm tree next to my house. It was nestled in a space where a palm frond had […]

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    Poem: Hands

    Posted on March 26, 2012 - by Cathy Seehuetter

    I wrote this poem for Alice Wisler’s online writing workshop, “Writing the Heartache”. We were to take something that was our child’s and write a poem about it. I chose […]

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    Widow Wonders if She’ll Ever ‘Fit’ with Another Man

    Posted on November 23, 2011 - by Laurel D. Rund

    Liana watched as the email came in.  A “wink” from the cyberspace-dating world.  God, she said to herself, how did I get myself into this?  She settled down into the […]

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    Poem: We Promise to Remember

    Posted on September 29, 2011 - by Janet Grimes

    Dear Children,    We promise to remember your eyes so blue The joy in your faces that remained so true. Your hair so blond, it seemed almost white The way you […]

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    Sibling Bonds

    Posted on July 5, 2011 - by Tabitha Jayne

    You are my brother and always will be Not even death can take that away from me. The love we share is everlasting A bond that can never be broken. […]

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    Widow Learning to ‘Just Be’

    Posted on May 30, 2011 - by Laurel D. Rund

    It’s funny about how you meet that special someone in your life at the most unexpected time. I was getting my hair cut and colored one day without any thought […]

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    Heaven Bound

    Posted on May 6, 2011 - by Deborah Tornillo

    Heaven Bound   Year after year On your special day Mother’s Day I brought you flowers Gave you a hug and kiss Reminded you how special you were.   Every […]

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    Poem: Music In Mourning

    Posted on January 18, 2011 - by John French

    ~~Music in Mourning~~ Oh how misery sings to me, in wailing moans of agony. With shrieks and groans as overtones, within a dismal symphony. And woe; it rings from somber […]

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    Merry Christmas

    Posted on December 17, 2010 - by Deborah Tornillo

    Christmas lights sparkle Ornaments shine Rudolph’s nose so red Have I gone blind?   Tears no longer blur My memories of you Why, this Christmas Do I feel joy too? […]

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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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    Poem: Days Before

    Posted on January 24, 2010 - by Deborah Tornillo

    I have never been one To accept what I see As reality for all to be. I have always questioned Everything I have seen As what if, and what could […]

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    Poem: A True Man for All to Behold

    Posted on January 21, 2010 - by Deborah Tornillo

    A gentle giant you were. Heaven’s blue eyes, and A handsome smile. Stories of past Written on your face. Poems of present in your heart. A courageous soldier You fought […]

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    Poem: I Promise You This

    Posted on January 8, 2010 - by Deborah Tornillo

    It doesn’t matter What age you are. When a loved one dies It’s very, very hard. I was sweet sixteen When my brother died. I shut down Never once, did […]

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    Poem: A Thousand Words

    Posted on January 7, 2010 - by Deborah Tornillo

    Your eyes follow me everywhere Never breaking their gaze. When I look into them I’m lost and in a daze. Your eyes always speak to me Sending a loving message […]

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    Poem: A Living Death

    Posted on January 5, 2010 - by Deborah Tornillo

    Alzheimer’s – A living death Mental deterioration A slow suffocation. A Caregiver’s love Hugging, kissing, holding Hope – from above. Out of control Loved one lost in space In a […]

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    Poem: A New Year

    Posted on January 4, 2010 - by Deborah Tornillo

    A New Year is here What will it bring? Happiness or sorrow You’ll know tomorrow. Last year is behind us This year lies ahead. Is life pre-determined? Do we have […]

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    Poem: Message

    Posted on December 15, 2009 - by Deborah Tornillo

    In my dream An elderly gent Flowing, white hair Comforted me In my despair. Mesmerized By his love, His blue eyes As heavenly As the sky above. Words not spoken […]

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    Poem: Comfort

    Posted on December 12, 2009 - by Deborah Tornillo

    The pain of tonight He’s finally resting. He’s not hurting That is all that matters In this life of mine. The struggles of the past Been there, died there. Nothing […]

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    Poem: For Sale

    Posted on December 11, 2009 - by Deborah Tornillo

    Sad eyes Without a smile. Years of tears Stained with fear. A broken heart That’s torn apart. A body and mind Tested by time. A tired soul Made of solid […]

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    Poem: Let Me……

    Posted on December 9, 2009 - by Deborah Tornillo

    Let me enjoy Christmas I want to feel the sparkle The white of the lights The colors of the season. Let me enjoy Christmas I want to get beyond The […]

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    Poem: Death

    Posted on December 8, 2009 - by Deborah Tornillo

    Why, do you show your face? Is it because it is cold outside Or, because the leaves have fallen Because, the snow is blanketing The ground with white crystals? Why? […]

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    Poem: Shine, Forever Soar

    Posted on November 18, 2009 - by Deborah Tornillo

    God bless me with strength And the courage I need To move forward in life Embrace all that I’ve seen. Bless me with your love Through my turbulent times And, […]

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    Loving Grief

    Posted on November 3, 2010 - by Paul Bennett

    Paul Bennett’s book, Loving Grief, is available at Amazon.com.