Loss of a Family Member

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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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Grievers are Heroes

    Posted on March 15, 2020 - by Basia Mosinski

    The following excerpt is from LOST to FOUND: Surviving the Death of Your Child, by Basia Mosinski, available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720222657 Grievers are “heroes” and here’s why… we eventually got out […]

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  • Ground Hog Days

    Posted on March 5, 2020 - by Neal Raisman

    This is an excerpt from Standing on One Leg by Neal Raisman available from the author at iduhpres@hotmail.com The first weeks and months were like the movie, Groundhog Day. I […]

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  • Can Grief Be As Silent as Death Itself?

    Posted on March 2, 2020 - by Neal Raisman

    This is an excerpt from Standing on One Leg by Neal Raisman available from the author at iduhpres@hotmail.com Loss is not always the screaming in the halls of the hospital. […]

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  • GPS: Finding Your Way Back

    Posted on February 29, 2020 - by Fran Gerstein

    This is an excerpt from Grief From the Inside Out: Creating Meaning Around the Loss of a Child from Substance Abuse or Suicide, By Fran Gerstein, MSW, LCSW. It is […]

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  • Embracing Quiet on the Grief Journey

    Posted on February 28, 2020 - by Harriet Hodgson

    This is an excerpt from Happy Again! Your New and Meaningful Life After Loss, available from Amazon. Understanding yourself helps you recover from loss. You may call this self-awareness or […]

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  • Early Days After Child-Loss: Survival

    Posted on February 28, 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. When you really want to pray for something and you do […]

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  • They Help You in Ways They Never Could Before

    Posted on February 25, 2020 - by Karen Noe

    This is an excerpt from Your Life After Their Death: A Medium’s Guide to Healing After a Loss, by Karen Noe available on Amazon.com. Your deceased loved ones are able […]

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  • Do It Anyway

    Posted on February 22, 2020 - by Allen Klein

    This is an excerpt from Embracing Life After Loss: A Gentle Guide for Growing Through Grief by Allen Klein. Available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Life-After-Loss-Growing/dp/1642500062/ref=sr_1_1?crid=330F5I7PHDK96&keywords=embracing+life+after+loss+klein&qid=1579904828&sprefix=Embracing+lif%2Caps%2C219&sr=8-1 Life is risky; we are all […]

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  • Healing Relationships After Death

    Posted on February 21, 2020 - by Lo Anne Mayer

    Excepted from Celestial Conversations: Healing Relationships After Death (Cape House Books), and may be purchased through Amazon. One year after Mother’s death, I was cleaning out a bookcase when one […]

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  • Bend without Breaking

    Posted on February 15, 2020 - by Allen Klein

    This is an excerpt from Embracing Life After Loss: A Gentle Guide for Growing Through Grief by Allen Klein, available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Life-After-Loss-Growing/dp/1642500062/ref=sr_1_1?crid=330F5I7PHDK96&keywords=embracing+life+after+loss+klein&qid=1579904828&sprefix=Embracing+lif%2Caps%2C219&sr=8-1 As I started to picture the […]

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  • Ho’oponopono and Other Important Healing Phrases

    Posted on February 13, 2020 - by Karen Noe

    This is an excerpt from Your Life After Their Death: A Medium’s Guide to Healing After a Loss available on Amazon at:             My clients […]

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  • Quiet on the Grief Journey

    Posted on February 12, 2020 - by Harriet Hodgson

    This is an excerpt from Happy Again! Your New and Meaningful Life After Loss, available from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Happy-Again-Harriet-Hodgson-ebook/dp/B00PMDEYE8  Understanding yourself helps you recover from loss. You may call this self-awareness […]

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  • Your Unique Grief

    Posted on February 9, 2020 - by Allen Klein

    This is an excerpt from Embracing Life After Loss: A Gentle Guide for Growing Through Grief by Allen Klein, available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Life-After-Loss-Growing/dp/1642500062/ref=sr_1_1?crid=330F5I7PHDK96&keywords=embracing+life+after+loss+klein&qid=1579904828&sprefix=Embracing+lif%2Caps%2C219&sr=8-1 I measure every Grief I meet […]

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  • 365 Days of Healing

    Posted on February 7, 2020 - by Lora Mercado

    This excerpt is from 365 Days of Healing: A Daily Workbook to Overcome the Pain of Grief, available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1508902291 This book was created to help you work through your […]

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  • Triumphing over Tragedy: No Superheroes

    Posted on February 7, 2020 - by Allen Klein

    This is an excerpt from Embracing Life After Loss: A Gentle Guide for Growing Through Grief by Allen Klein, available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Embracing-Life-After-Loss-Growing/dp/1642500062/ref=sr_1_1?crid=330F5I7PHDK96&keywords=embracing+life+after+loss+klein&qid=1579904828&sprefix=Embracing+lif%2Caps%2C219&sr=8-1 The soul would have no rainbow […]

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  • Solace in a Birdsong

    Posted on January 29, 2020 - by Tambre Leighn

    There are days when I feel the weight of old memories, heart losses, and traumas suffered along the path of life. What triggers this can vary. So, what I choose […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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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