April 2020


Book Review: A Mother Loss Workbook: Healing Exercises for Daughters


When Diane Hambrook was a student in her bereavement counseling class, she was strongly impacted by the profound words of her instructor, Dr. Patrick DelZoppo. “Mourners need to tell their story and have someone bear witness to their experience,” DelZoppo said. Hambrook found this to be true when she attended motherless daughter support groups. Women who grew up without moms talked about feeling unloved, unimportant, angry, empty, confused and profoundly sad from never having known their mothers. 
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April 27 2020


A Child's View: "We're All In This Together"


​Children and teens are often told “we’re all in this together” in times of loss to remind them that other people are grieving, too. But this phrase can also bring hope. Through a grieving child’s eyes, hope can be missing, lost or hidden. This is a crucial time for the trusted and caring adults in their life to be able to restore that hope and a sense of openness to what they are feeling. While grieving, hope is often the force that keeps us moving forward. Hope allows us to wake up in the morning and take on the day, to endure that next big cry and face that next emotion of uncertainty. Providing hope and a listening ear as an adult who is also grieving can be a difficult task. But here is the funny thing about hope: like a sunflower, it droops its head in darkness, but always lifts to find the light. We can’t always see hope or even feel it, but it consistently and gently nudges us to keep taking that next step forward.
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April 27 2020


Life As We Know It


​According to the “natural order of things,” our parents will probably die before us. Although we expect this, the death of a parent can rock the foundation we leaned on for so many years. Whether five years old or 50, we have the illusion that our parents will be here forever. As children, we rely on parents for our most basic needs like food, shelter, clothes, comfort and support. Parents also build our emotional and social framework, which prepares us for the future. 
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April 27 2020


The Power of Support Groups


Although grief is a nearly universal human experience, it is also deeply personal. Grief can be lonely. The death of a loved one can leave us feeling out of sync with the world around us and disconnected from our usual social support systems. We may withdraw in order to protect ourselves or to conserve energy. Family members may be unable to offer comfort if they too are grieving. Friends and colleagues may not relate to our loss, or they may be uncomfortable discussing death. Even sincere well-wishers often say or do things that simply are not helpful.


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April 27 2020


HWR Here for Hope


We could all use a smile. Now, more than ever, we're relying on our friends in the community for support, comfort and hope.
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April 08 2020

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