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  • Muriel Williams: Hospice and Donor Organizations in Bermuda

    Posted on January 30, 2019 - by Gloria Horsley

    Muriel Williams is a Bermuda native who specializes in organ donation, hospice care and bereavement, serving the country of 65,000 residents and many expatriates who have flocked to the country […]

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  • Hospice and Healing: Interview with Anne Baker

    Posted on September 18, 2018 - by Gloria Horsley

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Anne Baker about healing and helping through hospice. Anne’s losses started early, when she was just 7 […]

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  • Inspirational poem about puzzles by author Laurel D. Rund

    A Terrible Saturday Morning

    Posted on April 19, 2016 - by Larry Patten

    “I feel like I’m getting close to the gates,” he muttered. He was 91. I knew he was referring to death, to the “Pearly Gates” where Gabriel the angel (or […]

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  • Dr. Ira Byock: Nurturing a Relationship During Grief

    Posted on March 2, 2016 - by Jessica Tyner Mehta

    Professor at Dartmouth Medical School Dr. Ira Byock shares with the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) four key items to keep in mind in order to maintain a […]

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  • Susan Coyle: Hospice and End of Life

    Posted on December 23, 2015 - by Gloria Horsley

    From the National Alliance for Grieving Children conference, Dr. Gloria Horsley talks with Susan Coyle about how you can help friends and family if they’ve experienced a loss. Coyle is […]

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    Fourteen Days to Heaven: Being with Mom at End of Life

    Posted on November 2, 2015 - by James Einert

      The phone rang early one morning as I was getting ready to go to work. “Come quick, something is wrong with your mother!” came my dad’s voice from the […]

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    Dying Patient’s Rights

    Posted on October 31, 2015 - by Heidi Horsley

    Dr. Heidi Horsley of the Open to Hope Foundation interviews Dr. Helen Chapple regarding how you can care for your loved one who’s in a hospital or hospice during their […]

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    Set Free to Grieve and Heal

    Posted on August 5, 2015 - by Larry Patten

    In the Bible, Jesus healed on the Sabbath. Bad Jesus! Law-breaking Jesus! Once he was accused of healing a woman who’d been in physical agony for nearly two decades. Jesus […]

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    Hospice and Healing with Anne Baker

    Posted on August 1, 2015 - by Gloria Horsley

    Dr. Gloria Horsley interviewed Anne Baker at the 2015 Association for Death Education and Counseling conference. Baker experienced two significant losses in her life, but moved forward and became a […]

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    Patti Anewalt: Hospice and the Latino Community

    Posted on July 24, 2015 - by Gloria Horsley

    Patti Anewalt of Hospice and Community Care in Pennsylvania spoke with Dr. Gloria Horsley about hospices and Latino culture during the 2015 Association for Death Education and Counseling conference. “The […]

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    End-of-Life Decision-Making Is a Peace-Finding Mission

    Posted on December 14, 2014 - by Julie Nierenberg

    Be present. Be prepared. Be clear. Since publishing a memoir about my dad’s end of life, I received an outpouring of support from others who experienced the loss of loved […]

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    She Called Me Sweetie

    Posted on November 17, 2014 - by Alicia Coppola

    There wasn’t one definitive phone call that I could point to and say that this was the moment when I knew to I had to go home and visit her. […]

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    Joan Rivers’ Death Highlights Value of Advance Directives

    Posted on September 6, 2014 - by Lisa Irish

    Joan Rivers’ recent, and sudden, death highlights the value of completing Advance Directives. Hopefully, her family knew her wishes for any time she was not able to speak for herself. […]

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    Creating Sacred Space: Interview with Rev. Ian Smith

    Posted on May 17, 2014 - by Gloria Horsley

    This was a brief interview done with Dr. Gloria Horsley on April 24, 2014 at the 36th Annual Conference of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) from April […]

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    New Year’s Resolutions for the Caregiver

    Posted on January 2, 2014 - by Carol O'Dell

    By Carol O’Dell —

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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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    The Other Woman

    Posted on January 17, 2013 - by Joyce Marie Sheldon

    One day just before Thanksgiving my husband informed me that he was in love with another woman, just what I wanted to hear when my days and nights for more […]

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    Italian Foundation Brings Nature Art into Hospital Rooms

    Posted on July 22, 2012 - by Katherine Relf-Canas

      If you’ve ever been to Florence, Italy, you may have seen l’Ospedale degli Innocenti, a striking Renaissance building. Over the years, the hospital has housed the work of many […]

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    20 Questions to Ask Your Terminally Ill Loved One

    Posted on October 12, 2011 - by Barbara Rubel

    What is Palliative Care and Hospice? If you have been told that your loved one is terminally ill, this article will help you identify palliative care, hospice, advanced care planning, […]

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    With Her Father in the Final Days

    Posted on September 21, 2011 - by Rhonda Belous

    “All the leaves are brown; and the sky is grey …” The Mamas and Papas The verbs and functions began to fall away like the September leaves. Some faster than […]

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    Hospice Volunteer Never Felt ‘So Close to God’ Before

    Posted on August 19, 2011 - by Vicky Bates

    I don’t think there is anything more gratifying then working with hospice. A few years after my son’s death, I decided to sign up for the training sessions, which surprisingly […]

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    First Steps: What to Do When Cancer is the Diagnosis

    Posted on August 16, 2011 - by Joseph Nowinski

    “Oh, Ruth, I think this is a cancer.” These were the words uttered by Dr. Hiram Cody, a breast cancer surgeon, after an initial physical examination of the wife of […]

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    Does Jesus Like Chocolate?

    Posted on July 18, 2011 - by Lizzy Miles

    She was staring at the glass of chocolate Ensure.  “Annie” didn’t like chocolate but was so devout in her Catholicism that she did not want to offend Jesus.  She looked […]

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    Negotiating with God, Dreaming of Chocolate Cake

    Posted on July 6, 2011 - by Lizzy Miles

    The first time I met “Gary,” we ended up talking for over two hours.  He was in his late 60s and had throat cancer, evidenced by a protruding plum-sized tumor […]

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    Woman Finds it Hard to Trust after Sister’s Murder

    Posted on March 26, 2011 - by Shirley Wiles-Dickinson

    “A normal reaction to a very abnormal situation.” My psychologist spoke those words to me so often in the months following my sister’s murder. Choosing to seek the help of […]

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    I Miss My Kaila

    Posted on March 23, 2011 - by admin

    My daugher passed away 7 mos ago. A poorly performed homicide investigation was done and closed. Kaila, a beautiful, energetic, strong, caring, dedicated 1st time mom,decided to go chill with […]

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    Mom Opens to Forgiveness After Son’s Murder

    Posted on March 12, 2011 - by Mary Westra

    I don’t find forgiveness a very easy concept to deal with after the murder of my son. My 24-year-old son Peter was kicked to death by bouncers in Atlantic City, […]

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    ‘How Long Will It Take?’

    Posted on March 11, 2011 - by Shep Jeffreys

    Grieving people, their friends and family frequently ask me the  question: “How Long Will It Take?” So many of their friends have their own ideas about the right length of […]

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    ‘Stumbling in the Darkness’ After Loss of Daughter

    Posted on February 26, 2011 - by Cynthia Ranyak

    As I sat there in the waiting room of the oily garage just outside of Sevierville, TN, anticipating the very long drive home to Florida, my 18-year-old daughter was flipping […]

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    How to Listen to Someone Who’s Grieving

    Posted on February 17, 2011 - by Harriet Hodgson

    We had just gone to bed when the phone rang. The call was from a member of the ambulance team. She called to tell us our daughter had been injured […]

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    First Responder Learned Calm from Grandmother

    Posted on January 19, 2011 - by Jeff Watson

    I was born in the mountains of North Carolina and grew up on a small farm with my grandparents. All of my family were members of the local Baptist Church.  […]

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    Before and After

    Posted on January 10, 2011 - by Shirley Wiles-Dickinson

    Have you ever noticed how when we lose a loved one, over time we measure events and time by before and after.    My son graduated from college before Dad […]

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    Why One Person’s Grief Affects All of Us

    Posted on December 12, 2010 - by Gabriel Constans

    If anyone believes that losses experienced by others is not their concern, I’d ask them to think again. The cost, both individually and collectively, to our society of those experiencing […]

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    My Sister’s Murder: The Questions Continue

    Posted on October 27, 2010 - by Shirley Wiles-Dickinson

    On September 18th, my sister, Sandra, was found dead in her home. It was ruled a homicide later that day. Within a few days we had received the answers to […]

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    Saying Goodbye: How Families Can Find Renewal Through Loss

    Posted on August 15, 2011 - by Joseph Nowinski

    Joseph Nowinski’s co-authored book, Saying Goodbye: How Families Can Find Renewal Through Loss, is available here.

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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.

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    Your Legacy of Love

    Posted on October 26, 2010 - by Gemini Adams

    Gemini Adams’ book, Your Legacy of Love: Realize the Gift in Goodbye, is available at amazon.com.