Loss of a Family Member


  • How Massage Heals Grief

    Posted on March 13, 2023 - by Nina Impala

    How Massage Heals Grief When you’re sad and someone hugs you — a heartfelt-lingering-hug that says, I care about you, I know your’re hurting — it feels comforting. Like a […]

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  • Exploring Contact Through a Medium

    Posted on March 7, 2023 - by Kim Pierce

    Death of my Partner I expected my fiancé to meet me at the airport that day in 1998. Instead, a friend was there, and he delivered the fateful words: “Kim, […]

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  • Caring for Yourself During Grief

    Posted on February 22, 2023 - by Linda Zelik

    Care for Yourself First and foremost, it is essential to take care of yourself when you have suffered a major loss. This is not selfish – it is necessary. It’s […]

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  • Grief Journaling for Valentine’s Day

    Posted on February 12, 2023 - by Bunny Bennett

    Grief Journaling for Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day, like every holiday while grieving, is a difficult time to get through, especially after the loss of our “Valentine” or spouse.  All of […]

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  • Memories are Gifts for Grievers

    Posted on February 10, 2023 - by Beth Marshall

    What could someone else do to help you as you begin your healing journey? In the beginning, you probably had plenty of food, volumes of cards and a house full […]

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  • ‘Are We There Yet?’ and Other Grief Questions

    Posted on February 7, 2023 - by Beth Marshall

    If you took road trips as a child, you probably remember the question parents forever answered: “Are we there yet?” As you begin to regain your equilibrium after loss, you […]

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  • Communicating Your Needs When Grieving

    Posted on February 4, 2023 - by Beth Marshall

    “Call if you need anything.” You may have heard this well-intended offer, but chances are you never called back. Here’s a straightforward way to communicate your needs when grieving. As you […]

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  • Writing When Life Hurts

    Posted on February 1, 2023 - by Beth Marshall

    After losing three close family members in five years, I remember feeling overwhelmed as waves of unanticipated emotions would roll in like a storm. How long would this intense sorrow […]

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  • Finding Purpose and Meaning in Our Older Years

    Posted on January 26, 2023 - by Jacqui Coombe

    Enrich Your Life with Meaning There’s a common myth that life happens in three stages. That life is linear and that there is a clear path that moves from education […]

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  • Art Brings Hope: Faces Not Forgotten

    Posted on November 28, 2022 - by Lois Schaffer

    The following is excerpted from From Bullet to Bullhorn: Stories of Advocacy Activism and Hope, by Lois Schaffer, a compilation of stories by 18 people located in various states throughout […]

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  • Coping with Holidays After Death of a Loved One

    Posted on October 18, 2022 - by Dr. Peggy DeLong

    The death of a loved one is a traumatic and emotionally painful experience. Coping during the holidays is a particularly difficult time for dealing with loss. Here are suggestions that […]

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  • Discovering After-Death Communication

    Posted on October 13, 2022 - by Rebecca Austill-Clausen

    Learning Bad News The sun beamed brightly as my 34-year-old brother David and I laughed and reminisced while walking along the sandy shores of Coast Guard National Seashore in Cape […]

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  • Rituals Honor Our Transitions

    Posted on October 10, 2022 - by Stephanie Sarazin

    Rituals vs. Ceremonies Regardless of upbringing, it’s likely you’ve participated in a variety of rituals and ceremonies throughout your lifetime. Though the terms are often confused or used interchangeably, their […]

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  • Survivor: The Holiday Grief Challenge

    Posted on October 10, 2022 - by Colleen Friesen

    A quick Google search revealed that the popular Reality TV show, “Survivor,” is now into its 43rd season. The fabricated dramas and constructed struggles those contestants endure have nothing on […]

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  • When a Nation Grieves its Own Actions

    Posted on October 3, 2022 - by Colleen Friesen

    Statement of Intent Before I begin, I want to express that I am approaching this topic with a heart of love, respect, acceptance, and hope. I ask the Creator to […]

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  • Grieving Children, Teens Have All the Feelings

    Posted on June 13, 2022 - by Greg Adams

    Grieving People Have All the Feelings Sometimes a death impacts a school or community organization, like a church or Boy Scout troop. A child or teacher dies, and I am […]

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  • Getting Through my First Father’s Day Without Dad

    Posted on June 13, 2022 - by Brooke Carlock

    ‘You No Longer Have a Dad’ I never did much for my dad on Father’s Day.  We didn’t have any particular traditions to mark the occasion.  It was the same […]

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  • Overcoming Male Grief: The Widower’s Journey

    Posted on April 29, 2022 - by Herb Knoll

    Overcoming Male Grief For nearly 14 years, I have dedicated my life to the service of widowers worldwide, and during that time, I have learned much about what it takes […]

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  • Grief Doodling Can Help You Heal

    Posted on February 4, 2022 - by Harriet Hodgson

    What is Grief Doodling? “Is it straight?” asked the activities director. She was hanging 21 pictures I contributed to a retirement community art exhibit. The pictures are doodle art, a […]

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    Self-Care During the Holidays

    Posted on December 12, 2021 - by Brandi Reyna

    Self-Care During the Holidays The holidays are hard for people for any number of reasons. Losing someone who means a lot to you can be especially difficult during the holidays. […]

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  • Andrew Garfield: ‘I Hope This Grief Stays With Me’

    Posted on December 12, 2021 - by Becky Aud-Jennison

    I Hope This Grief Stays With Me “I hope this grief stays with me.” These beautiful words of Andrew Garfield, speaking to Stephen Colbert (starting at 4:20), have gone viral […]

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    The Gifts from Losing You

    Posted on October 28, 2021 - by Sara Green

    The concept of finding meaning in life while living with tragedy sparked something in me and opened me up to the possibility there could be some gifts and blessings that […]

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