Loss of a Family Member

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    Mary Rockefeller Morgan: Grieving the Loss of a Twin

    Posted on October 2, 2015 - by Dr. Gloria and Dr. Heidi Horsley

    Losing a twin is a very unique grief, and one that Mary Rockefeller famously experienced in the 1960s. The disappearance of her brother at sea, with his body never being […]

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    Dressing a Sister for the Afterlife

    Posted on February 20, 2013 - by Dorothy Foltz-Gray

    Below is an excerpt from With and Without Her: A Memoir of Being and Losing a Twin. My identical twin sister, a psychologist, has died in Lowell, Massachusetts, from a […]

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    Losing My Sister: A Boston Vigil

    Posted on January 27, 2013 - by Dorothy Foltz-Gray

    Below is an excerpt from With and Without Her: A Memoir of Being and Losing a Twin.  The piece begins the day my sister, a psychologist, was fatally shot by […]

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    Twin-Loss: Healing Memory of Early Twinship

    Posted on September 29, 2012 - by Mary R. Morgan

    Mother announces, “School’s out. It’s time you two had your own gardens. No more family victory garden like we had in Washington. You are old enough to grow your own […]

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    Healing from Twin-Loss Requires New Connections

    Posted on September 22, 2012 - by Mary R. Morgan

    So many people are shattered by deep personal grief, by the unique and often unacknowledged experiences of their loss, and by the misunderstood depth and length of their bereavements. The […]

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    The Bereavement Process for Twinless Twins

    Posted on June 29, 2012 - by Mary R. Morgan

    When we lose a twin, it feels for many of us like the literal end of our lives. That is true, in that it is the end of life as […]

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    Grief Can Surface Any Time

    Posted on June 24, 2012 - by Linda Pountney

    Denial of grief is common and misunderstood. Grief can wait in the wings for a time to surface, when you are better prepared to absorb its lessons. It can be […]

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    Where to Start

    Posted on September 25, 2011 - by Mary R. Morgan

    Click on this post for recommended articles, radio shows and videos for those who are new to Open to Hope…

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    Loss of a Twin has Huge Impact

    Posted on July 13, 2011 - by Linda Pountney

      Susan Heim, a writer for Chicken Soup For The Soul, asked me to write an article for a twin publication on bereavement geared to the parents of twins. At […]

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    Sharing the Experience of being a ‘Twinless Twin’

    Posted on February 7, 2010 - by Linda Pountney

    The emotions I felt were mirrored in other twinless twins I met.  Just listening, for the first time, to other twins tell their story of loss and what it meant […]

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    How Does Twin Honor the Sister Who Died?

    Posted on June 11, 2009 - by Linda Pountney

    Gladys writes in: I just lost my twin sister three months ago to something we now know as Long QT syndrome. She was perfectly healthy and woke to check on […]

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    Film Review: The Secret Life of Bees

    Posted on March 10, 2009 - by Linda Pountney

    By Linda Pountney — Multiple loss themes run concurrently throughout the movie The Secret Life Of Bees, based on Sue Monk Kidd’s novel, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. Dakota Fanning plays […]

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    What It’s Like to Lose a Twin

    Posted on February 24, 2009 - by Linda Pountney

    By Linda Pountney — I was taken captive by life and death at the age of twenty-one. My identical twin sister Paula and I faced life together for twenty-one years. […]

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    Twins: Connected in Life and Death

    Posted on January 18, 2009 - by Linda Pountney

    By Linda Pountney As a twin myself, the death of actor and identical twin Jon Hager this month was especially fascinating. Jon and Jim Hager co-starred in the old TV […]

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