Loss of a Family Member

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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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  • How Near-Death Experiences Change Our Thoughts About Death

    Posted on January 12, 2018 - by Gloria Horsley

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Roberta Moore about her near death experience and how these experiences affect people’s thoughts and insights on […]

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  • Facing Mortality: Interview with Isabel Stenzel Byrnes

    Posted on January 8, 2018 - by Gloria Horsley

    At the annual ADEC (Association of Death Education and Counseling), I spoke with Isabel Stenzel Byrnes about living with an illness and learning how to find hope and find a […]

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    A Daughter Remembers Her Father’s Creative Legacy

    Posted on May 9, 2016 - by Katherine Relf-Canas

    My father, Geoff Relf, a longtime San Diego advertising and communications figure passed away July 28, 2015, at 85, after battling cancer, surviving his wife, Connie by five years. The […]

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  • Tesia Henderson: Foster Care, Hope and Resiliency

    Posted on April 4, 2016 - by Heidi Horsley

    Representing The Foster Club at the National Alliance for Grieving Children conference is Tesia Henderson, who talks with Dr. Heidi Horsley about foster care, hope, and resiliency in youth. A […]

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    What Brings Me Inner Peace

    Posted on September 14, 2015 - by Bernie Siegel

    To get right to the point, the thing which helps provide me with inner peace is my mortality. If I am only here for a limited amount of time, then […]

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    Writer Penny Slusher on Somber-Free Rites

    Posted on January 8, 2015 - by Nancy Gershman, LMSW

    Buying presents for the dead and gifting them; knowing your “mama dance” and texting as the deceased: this and more when memory artist, Nancy Gershman talks with writer and actress Penny Slusher about somber-free rites. […]

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  • Dana Jerman

    Poet Dana Jerman on Griever Dreams and Signs

    Posted on October 25, 2014 - by Nancy Gershman, LMSW

    Not only is there is no wrong way to interpret dreams and signs, but they can become catalysts for a great day. This and more when memory artist, Nancy Gershman talks with writer, photographer and performing poet […]

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    Beyond Williams and Rivers, the Everyday Superstars: The Caregivers

    Posted on September 8, 2014 - by Tambre Leighn

    Over the past few weeks, we’ve lost two major comedic forces, Robin Williams and Joan Rivers, both of whom brought great joy and laughter to our world. Accolades and impact […]

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    Messages of Love

    Posted on June 3, 2014 - by Claire Perkins

    Over the years since my son’s death by overdose in 2004, I have received many messages and signs from him. Some have come in dreams, some through songs on the […]

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  • playwright Ann Randolph

    Playwright Ann Randolph on Writing about Grief

    Posted on May 28, 2014 - by Nancy Gershman, LMSW

    How is a performance and a post-show creative writing workshop sparking a national discourse on grief? This and more when memory artist Nancy Gershman sits down with playwright and comedian, Ann Randolph to […]

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    Playwright Gary Rudoren on ‘Last Words’

    Posted on April 19, 2014 - by Nancy Gershman, LMSW

    What’s there to talk about in the 24 hours before “your son, the serial killer” heads to the electric chair? Besides confessions, are there other kinds of “last words” that […]

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    A Mama Finds Memories in a Duplo Box

    Posted on April 9, 2014 - by Alice Wisler

    In my closet sits one duplo box filled with handwritten cards.  The cards were for my little boy Daniel.  The boy is now gone, but the cards written to him […]

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    In Case of Grief, Break Glass

    Posted on March 27, 2014 - by Michael Nunley

    Recently, I was reading an article written by Mitch Carmody, ( a fellow author here on the Open to Hope site) introducing his concept of “Proactive Grieving.” Mitch is a […]

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    Coming Full Circle: A Letter from Daughter to a Mother Who Died Young

    Posted on September 30, 2013 - by Laurel D. Rund

    Ina, my mother, died 13 months after I was born.  For most of my life, I felt like a “motherless child.”  She became a ghost-like fantasy to me, which is […]

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    Poem: Eleven Years

    Posted on July 2, 2013 - by Tarah Hipple

    Eleven Years My love for you is unconditional However, so is my anger And I have waited eleven years For this devastation to be over But it has only just […]

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    My Words to Live By: I Am Open

    Posted on June 18, 2013 - by Laurel D. Rund

    I recently spent some time with a special friend and she told me how she came to name her upcoming book  (which I hope to feature in a future blog). […]

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    Washing the Bones: Grieving a Spouse-Loss

    Posted on May 3, 2013 - by Katherine Ingram

    When I was first widowed, my overriding thought was that I couldn’t survive it, and I did not wish to. But the thought that I couldn’t go on without him […]

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    Making Lemonade: Building on Life’s Challenges

    Posted on February 8, 2013 - by Harriet Hodgson

    Almost everyone has heard the saying, “When life sends you lemons, make lemonade.” In 2007, I received a bushel-full of lemons: the death of my daughter, death of my father-in-law, […]

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    The Yin and Yang of Love after Spouse-Loss

    Posted on February 2, 2013 - by Laurel D. Rund

    Unbelievable as it seems, it has been four years since my husband passed away. Every year, from January 26th until February 19th, I go into a Bermuda triangle of memories […]

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    This Puzzle Called Life by Laurel D. Rund

    Posted on November 18, 2012 - by Laurel D. Rund

    I was working my way through my own personal puzzle in 2010. It was a transformative time, as I moved through grief into an appreciation for my newly reshaped life […]

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    Five Artist Perspectives on the Numinous Quality of Portraiture

    Posted on September 11, 2012 - by Katherine Relf-Canas

    I asked the five artists whose reflections appear below to write about what I call the numinous quality of portraiture. I want to thank them for providing me with their insight […]

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    Aurora Tragedy Reminds Us What to Say to Bereaved — and What Not to Say

    Posted on July 23, 2012 - by Harriet Hodgson

    The massacre in Aurora, Colorado, brings up the idea of the fragility of life. Finding the “right” words to say to a grieving person can be a struggle. You want […]

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    Strength and Glory after Husband’s Death: Elegy to a Tree

    Posted on May 23, 2012 - by Laurel D. Rund

    About six months after my husband, Marty, passed away I turned to the creative voice within me to help me express my soul’s grief.  After enrolling in a drawing class, […]

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    ‘Splendor to Offset the Gloom’ – Even After Childloss

    Posted on August 8, 2011 - by John French

    I miss my son, beyond imagining. Compounded by the memories that continue to amass. Additionally, the past has become a Menagerie. Expounded by moments that have already passed. As Time […]

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    The Challenges of Relocation Grief

    Posted on August 5, 2011 - by Harriet Hodgson

    Relocation grief.  I feel it already, though I won’t move for at least four years.  When I look out the kitchen window at the apple trees, birds flying back and […]

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    ‘Wish You Were Here’: Friend’s Death Stirs Deep Emotions

    Posted on August 1, 2011 - by Heather Arbuckle

    I had just returned from a visit back home to Iowa. It was the first morning after a long drive back to Texas, and I was pouting. I missed my […]

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    Forgiving Killers is a Process

    Posted on July 29, 2011 - by Mary Westra

    They were just faces to me. I wouldn’t make eye contact. Instead I focused on their clothes . . . grey-white sweatshirts, denim shirts, jeans, white sneakers. They didn’t look […]

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    Grieving with my twin

    Posted on June 5, 2011 - by admin

    My name is Lori, and I have an identical twin sister named Lisa. When we were just 16 years old, due to medical problems, Lisa was told she would never […]

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    Thoughts -life of a suicide

    Posted on May 31, 2011 - by admin

    My Brother Jason died from suicide about 11 years ago,I wrote a book about his suicide and the afterlife and working in the mental health field

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    One man strugle to put his life back together

    Posted on May 31, 2011 - by admin

    As I mediate on the past event of what occurred in my life, I wonder if there was not a God could I have survived this devastation. So many times […]

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    Brianna I just want to wake up and see you

    Posted on May 30, 2011 - by admin

    My daughter always woke me up by climbing into bed with me, wiggling her toes into me, and touching her nose to mine. Then when I opened my eyes she […]

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    Widow Learning to ‘Just Be’

    Posted on May 30, 2011 - by Laurel D. Rund

    It’s funny about how you meet that special someone in your life at the most unexpected time. I was getting my hair cut and colored one day without any thought […]

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    My fiance died four days ago

    Posted on May 29, 2011 - by admin

    Four days ago my fiance, Bob, died of a heart attack. We were true soul mates, for lack of a less cliched phrase. We had so much in common it […]

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    forest for the trees

    Posted on May 24, 2011 - by admin

    Don’t lose sight of the big picture There’s a saying about not being able to see the forest for the trees. Grief to me sometimes can feel like that. You […]

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    you asked me to let go daddy, I miss you

    Posted on May 21, 2011 - by admin

    Im mad, Im sad, Im numb, I want my dad to call me and tell me everything is going to be ok. I never thought Id have to let go, […]

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    An incredible love

    Posted on May 20, 2011 - by admin

    It was 1991 when I first met Peggy, my surgical oncologist’s nurse. She was a small framed woman in her late forties, no taller than 5’2”. With every visit, she […]

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    I want my daddy back

    Posted on May 14, 2011 - by admin

    I am

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    Griefing for the loss of my wife

    Posted on May 10, 2011 - by admin

    My late wife Ely passed away on March 19 after a long illness suffering from Cardiomyopathy. We have been together for almost 30 years and have never separated. Since her […]

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    Yes, another Mother’s Day….

    Posted on May 2, 2011 - by admin

    Mothers Day – 2011 There is no word in English to describe that parent who has lost a child. There is no such word in any language. I can only […]

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    Mother’s Day as a Bereaved Mom

    Posted on May 2, 2011 - by admin

    For a while I wondered if winter would ever leave, though the calendar said it had. However, the gorgeous weather of this past week is proof that spring has unmistakably […]

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    Remembering Buddy

    Posted on May 2, 2011 - by admin

    Five years ago, I lost my 2 1/2 year old son Daniel Jr., in a drowning accident. Five years later, though the pain is not as intense, I still feel […]

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    my Sonshine taked away….

    Posted on April 27, 2011 - by admin

    On Jan,16,2007 my Mom passed away from lung cancer(6 mths after diagnoses), Than tragically my 22 yr old Son passed away on Sept.07.2009, than 2 mnths later my 43 cousin […]

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    our beautiful jo holly

    Posted on April 22, 2011 - by admin

    one year ago tonight our 27 year old high school art teacher who graduated amgna cum laude and loved her students and her profession succumbed to the pain and agony […]

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    2 angels lost

    Posted on April 21, 2011 - by admin

    There were 2 angels sent from heaven to earth, just lent to us for a brief time. During that time, the angels showed others the meaning of love, caring and […]

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