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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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  • Coronavirus and Finding Ways to Cope with Anxiety and Loss

    Posted on March 23, 2020 - by Gloria Horsley

    Today, I hosted a Facebook Live session with my daughter, Heidi, to discuss the impact of the coronavirus.  Tambre Leighn, an Open To Hope author, certified coach, Funder of Well […]

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  • Does Unresolved Grief Cause Divorce?

    Posted on March 11, 2020 - by Gloria Horsley

    A recent Facebook Live discussion focused on the issue of whether unresolved grief can become a point of division in a relationship and become so problematic that it leads to […]

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  • Unthinkable

    Posted on March 9, 2020 - by Lois Schaffer

    Excerpted from The Unthinkable: Life, Loss and a Mother’s Mission to Ban Illegal Guns, available on Amazon.   Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life without them is […]

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  • Accepting Comfort in the Early Days

    Posted on February 28, 2020 - by Mary Jane Hurley Brant

    This is an excerpt from When Every Day Matters: A Mother’s Memoir on Love, Loss and Life (Simple Abundance Press), available on Amazon The loss of Jennifer (my sister’s five-year […]

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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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    The Coronavirus and Grieving the Fear of Your Own Death

    Posted on February 25, 2020 - by Gloria Horsley

    The Coronavirus, also known by its scientific name of COVID-19, is most likely on all of our minds. With so much coverage about how it can spread to epidemic proportions […]

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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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  • ‘Grief Fills Up the Room’ of an Absent Child

    Posted on February 21, 2020 - by Mary Jane Hurley Brant

    Excerpted from When Every Day Matters: A Mother’s Memoir on Love, Loss and Life (Simple Abundance Press), available on Amazon. In my end is my Beginning. ~Mary Stuart, Queen of […]

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  • When Grief Resurfaces: How News of the Coronavirus Brings Back Anxiety About Death

    Posted on February 3, 2020 - by Gloria Horsley

    The news about the rapid spread of the Coronavirus, including quarantines and regularly updated statistics about the dead and the infected, is enough to cause anyone anxiety. However, we recently […]

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  • Unanswered Emails

    Posted on December 8, 2019 - by Carol Henderson

    In the poem, “Note,” Ellie Schoenfeld writes that she is still sometimes surprised and angry that she receives no calls or emails from the dead. Death should be a place […]

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  • Rejoice Even in Times of Sorrow

    Posted on November 15, 2019 - by Jill Smoot

    Some years ago  I was given a candle for Christmas called, “ Fallen Snow.” When I lit it, the scent was nothing like the clean, crisp smell of real snow, […]

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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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  • ‘Because of You’: Letter to a Daughter Who Has Died

    Posted on November 10, 2019 - by Lisa Boehm

    Dear Katie, Losing you was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. It broke me into a million pieces, but I knew you didn’t want me to stay […]

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  • This is Your Life, Your Pain, and Your Story

    Posted on November 10, 2019 - by Catherine McNulty

    Hope.  When I ask those who are grieving what they need most, they say “hope”.  They want confidence that they can get through the process, that they won’t be miserable […]

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  • Give Yourself a G.I.F.T. This Holiday Season

    Posted on October 31, 2019 - by Kerry Phillips

    The holidays are a time of togetherness and family traditions. It’s even been dubbed the “most wonderful time of the year.” But for many in the widowed community, it can […]

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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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