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  • Is Suffering Necessary?

    Posted on November 26, 2019 - by Nina Impala

    I have been thinking a lot about suffering, how much we suffer in a lifetime. There seems to be no way of escaping it. The short version for this? We […]

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  • Advent: A Visit in the Darkest Hours

    Posted on November 12, 2019 - by Elizabeth Brady

    During the season of Advent 2003, I was eight months pregnant with Mack. Iz had just turned six and was dressed as an angel having participated in the Christmas Eve […]

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  • There’s a Kind of Crying You Do…

    Posted on November 10, 2019 - by Susan Troccolo

    There’s a kind of crying you do just once in awhile. It leaves your ribs aching, your eyes burning, and your heart so bruised that you realize you can’t live […]

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  • Choosing a Retirement Community is about Living and Dying

    Posted on November 8, 2019 - by Harriet Hodgson

    My husband and I have faced many health challenges. In May, I was in acute heart failure and had open heart surgery. Now I have a pig valve in my […]

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  • No Outsourcing the ‘Why’ in Grief

    Posted on October 31, 2019 - by Greg Adams

    We are possessed by words. We are wordy creatures. We talk, write, text, sing, shout, and whisper words…all the time. We ponder what we said, what they said, and what […]

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  • Life is NOT About Rainbows and Unicorns

    Posted on October 31, 2019 - by Danita Ogandaga

    Do you remember your life as a child in elementary school? The times when you would run on the playground with a kite in your hand and just run, with […]

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  • Recovery in Pieces

    Posted on October 31, 2019 - by Tambre Leighn

    It’s been many years, many miles, and many tears since the early, raw days of being widowed. The life I am living now is one I would never have recognized […]

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  • How Will I Make it Through the Holidays? Five Ways to Try

    Posted on October 20, 2019 - by Mary Joye

    When the stores stock Halloween items on the shelves, it is reminder that the holidays are on the way. If you’re grieving, these images may further embed haunting memories. It […]

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  • Emotional Recovery Through ‘Adjustability’

    Posted on October 17, 2019 - by Ann Schiebert

    In the living of a life, there are so many challenges that usually come from changing circumstances and loss. Sometimes, those who are suffering from “hard news,” find it almost […]

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  • ‘Pre-Grieving’: An Early On-Ramp to One’s Grief Journey

    Posted on October 16, 2019 - by Herb Knoll

    Loss of a spouse or a life-partner can occur suddenly as in the case of a drug overdose, an auto accident, or someone falling down a flight of stairs. Some […]

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  • Trying to Make Sense of a Tragedy

    Posted on October 4, 2019 - by Bob Baugher

    You’ve heard it many times: News flash—A man was assaulted today. According to authorities, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just look at the word “wrong” […]

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  • Assembling Your Widower Advisory Board

    Posted on October 2, 2019 - by Herb Knoll

    Men need support after the loss of a spouse, and one way to get it is to create a team of people who can coach you. I refer to them […]

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  • Widowers Need To Be Coachable

    Posted on October 2, 2019 - by Herb Knoll

    What do Tom Brady, Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, and Derek Jeter all have in common? We could start with a considerable amount of athletic ability. Each has been recognized as […]

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  • What I Learned from Reading 2,000 Deathbed Fantasies

    Posted on September 30, 2019 - by Bob Baugher

    It’s true. I’ve read a couple thousand submissions by people who wrote what it might feel like if they had 20 minutes to live: who they would want at their […]

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  • He Talked about His Son and I Didn’t See a Tear

    Posted on September 24, 2019 - by Bob Baugher

     It’s interesting how human behavior can fool us. We look at someone and think, “OK, I’ve got her all figured out” and then she does something we would have never […]

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  • Angels, Lights, Birdies and Butterflies: Is it Really Them?

    Posted on September 24, 2019 - by Nina Impala

    When are loved ones leave us sometimes we will have profound dreams of them. Those dreams can be alarming or bring peace. In the early stages of grief, we want […]

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  • We Don’t Die. Our Bodies Do.

    Posted on September 24, 2019 - by Bernie Siegel

    As someone who has had a near death and past life experience, I know the truth about what we call death. When my wife died 18 months ago, the incredible […]

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  • Something Beautiful Remains

    Posted on September 24, 2019 - by Elaine Voci

    “Tears will leave no stains, time will ease the pain, For every life that fades, something beautiful remains.” The sunlit formal room, filled with attentive mourners and the family of […]

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  • How Grief and Addiction are Related

    Posted on September 24, 2019 - by Ralph Macey

    “Every man casts a shadow; not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit. This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will, it falls opposite to the […]

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  • From Feeling to Filling the Empty Nest

    Posted on September 24, 2019 - by Annah Elizabeth

    Those late summer and early fall months are filled with all things back-to-school shopping, which can also usher in a barrage of emotions for children and adults alike. It is […]

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  • Own Your Grief

    Posted on September 19, 2019 - by Catherine McNulty

    An excerpt from Catherine McNulty’s book, The Gifts of Grief. “Grief is not something to survive or a disease to cure. It is a universal human emotion and an opportunity […]

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  • Grief Coaches and Therapist Can Help

    Posted on September 12, 2019 - by Catherine McNulty

    An excerpt from Catherine McNulty’s book, The Gifts of Grief. “You are not alone.” The intensity of the grief we experience is a result of the love and connection we […]

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  • Don’t Give in To Despair

    Posted on September 5, 2019 - by Catherine McNulty

    An excerpt from Catherine McNulty’s book, The Gifts of Grief. I encourage you to be strong. Christina Rasmussen said, “Life after loss is choosing to start over when you would […]

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  • Returning to ‘Single’ after the Loss of a Spouse

    Posted on August 31, 2019 - by Peggy Bell

    Excerpt from Life After Loss For Widows: Lifting the Veil of Grief I remember this one incident so well. A little over a year after losing Randy, I was enrolling […]

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  • A Southern Baptist Family’s First Cremation

    Posted on August 31, 2019 - by Tracey Wallace

    By 2040, they say more than 80% of Americans will be cremated. Also, more than 53% of us choose that over burial. And while for some this may seem normal […]

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  • How to Become a Grief Warrior

    Posted on August 31, 2019 - by Catherine McNulty

    To survive the loss of a child takes strength, tenacity, and perseverance. If you’ve lost a child, you know it is the hardest thing you may ever face. Watching my […]

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  • Widowers Need To Step Out of The Shadows and Into the Light of Day

    Posted on August 31, 2019 - by Herb Knoll

    Grieving men are misunderstood. And for a good reason. After all, men don’t believe they have permission to grieve in the first place. When a man experiences a loss, they […]

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  • Suddenly This Summer

    Posted on August 23, 2019 - by Carol Henderson

    On the evening of July 4th, 2019, I was sitting with my daughter Olivia and my son-in-law Patrick on their small New York City apartment terrace. In the far distance, […]

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  • Finding Hope After Substance Abuse

    Posted on August 23, 2019 - by Carlos Davila

    Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious problem that affects everyone in one way or another. Because addictive substances provide temporary but powerful feelings of euphoria or happiness, even casual […]

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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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  • Celebrations of Life, Funerals, and the Need for Ritual

    Posted on August 13, 2019 - by Greg Adams

      When I was growing up and someone died, we spent a lot of time at the funeral home. Between the ages of 10 and 12, both of my maternal […]

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  • Open to Hope in the News!

    Posted on August 13, 2019 - by Heidi Horsley

    We appreciate all the talented people who make Open to Hope such a fulfilling place to work. Over the years, we have had so many people give their time, energy, […]

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