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  • Fear at the Door, Rest Inside

    Posted on July 8, 2020 - by Nathan Peterson

    In the spring of 2012, I heard this word: “Rest.” I knew this word was important. I knew it held something of great value — something good for me. But […]

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  • A Grieving Mother’s Bill of Rights

    Posted on July 8, 2020 - by Harriet Hodgson

      I have the right to lose track of conversations. I have the right to thank others for bad advice and ignore it. I have the right to put things […]

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  • The Gravity of Black Grief

    Posted on July 8, 2020 - by Greg Adams

    Let’s be clear right up front. For so many things in the grief and loss world, I just don’t get it. I have never been pregnant, felt the movement of […]

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  • What Kind of Courage Does Grief Require?

    Posted on June 25, 2020 - by Elaine Voci

    This is an excerpt from The Five Most Harmful Myths About Grief by Elaine Voci, Ph.D. which is available on Amazon.com In writing this booklet, my purpose is to contribute […]

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  • Who is the Lost Loved One? Us.

    Posted on June 16, 2020 - by Basia Mosinski

    This is an excerpt of LOST to FOUND: Surviving the Death of Your Child by Basia Mosinski, available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720222657 Often in grief circles we hear the term ‘loss’, as if […]

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  • ‘Crazy’ Grief Dreams Often the Most Profound

    Posted on June 9, 2020 - by Lois Schaffer

    Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life without them is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. — Langston Hughes.   I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge […]

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  • Relationships Make the Difference in Grief

    Posted on June 5, 2020 - by Mary Jane Hurley Brant

    Excerpted from When Every Day Matters: A Mother’s Memoir on Love, Loss and Life (Simple Abundance Press) on Amazon I always felt so close to my husband, Dick, as I […]

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  • My Loved One Died and the Grief Hurts

    Posted on May 13, 2020 - by Larry Patten

    This is an excerpt from Larry Patten’s A Companion for the Hospice Journey which is available on Amazon or though his website Hospice Matters.   He has died. She has […]

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  • What’s in a Name?

    Posted on May 9, 2020 - by Judy Lipson

    Being pregnant with my first child several years after losing my sister Jane, there was no question in my mind of wanting to name the child for my late sister. […]

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  • Sacred ‘Force’ Brings Contact Between Mother and Deceased Daughter

    Posted on May 8, 2020 - by Lois Schaffer

    I have always appreciated connections, family and friends alike.  After the death of my daughter, those connections became even more important. Sharing stories about her are cathartic and a means […]

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  • 5 Truths About Grief That Will Make The Process Easier To Manage

    Posted on May 4, 2020 - by Nat Juchems

    Dealing with loss is an unimaginable process, something that, unfortunately, you have to experience to understand. But, this isn’t to say that there is one universal grieving process. Grief is […]

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    Grief From Darkness to Light

    Posted on May 4, 2020 - by Gloria Horsley

    Grief impacts all of us in different ways. But, one of the best ways to visualize it is to see grief and the movement through grief to healing is going […]

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    Affirmations to Ease Your Grief

    Posted on April 18, 2020 - by Harriet Hodgson

    Here are 10 affirmations from my book, 101 Affirmations to Ease Your Grief Journey, available from Amazon. As I reconcile my losses, I give myself permission to say no to […]

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  • How Severe Grief Affects Marriage, and Ways to Recover

    Posted on April 16, 2020 - by Ralph Macey

    “What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us.” — Helen Keller Facing the death of a dear […]

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  • Why Grievers Must Be Extra Cautious During The Covid-19 Pandemic

    Posted on April 10, 2020 - by Peggy Bell

    Losing a spouse brings on so much grief. You feel torn apart, depressed, and sometimes unattached from the people around you. Just getting through the day can sometimes be an […]

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  • When You Don’t Get to Say Goodbye

    Posted on April 9, 2020 - by Jill Smoot

    During this world pandemic, I identified with a woman on a national newscast interview. She said the hardest thing about her mothers death was that her mom died alone, and […]

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  • Socially Present Grief in a Time of Physical Distance

    Posted on April 6, 2020 - by Dr. Beth Hewett

    Three weeks ago, a beloved deacon in the church suddenly died. His death occurred on a Tuesday morning, so the church was reliant on word of mouth and funeral notices […]

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  • Food for the Journey

    Posted on April 6, 2020 - by Charles W. Sidoti

    The phrase “food for the journey” is traditionally associated, in Catholicism, with reception of the Eucharist by the dying and their final journey from this life to eternal life through […]

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  • Grief in the Absence of Physical Presence

    Posted on April 6, 2020 - by Greg Adams

    Physical presence means so much. Phone calls are good. Video connections can be better. But there is nothing like experiencing physical presence with the potential or reality of a hand […]

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    How Many Children Do I Have Now?

    Posted on March 27, 2020 - by Neal Raisman

    Excerpt from Standing on One Leg by Neal Raisman which is available through the author at iduhpres@hotmail.com How many children do you have? Do I have? Did I have? How […]

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  • Signs of ‘God-incidences’

    Posted on March 24, 2020 - by Christine Duminiak

    This is an excerpt from After-Death Communications: God’s Gift of Love, which is available at Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/After-Death-Communications-Gods-Gift-Love/dp/194432870X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500389497&sr=8-1&keywords=after-death+communications+god%27s+gift+of+love  “Godincidences–Many of the signs we receive from our loved ones will seem […]

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  • I Just Wanted Her for One More Day

    Posted on March 21, 2020 - by Larry Patten

    This is an excerpt from Larry Patten’s A Companion for the Hospice Journey, which is available on Amazon or though his website Hospice Matters. Several years ago, our hospice team […]

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  • Early Grief: Anticipating Loss Before it Happens

    Posted on March 18, 2020 - by Harriet Hodgson

    This excerpt is from Smiling Through Your Tears: Anticipating Grief by Harriet Hodgson, BS,  MA and Lois Krahn, MD, available from Amazon. Early grief is a feeling of loss before […]

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