December 2019


The Value of Resilience


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Death. I think about it a lot. It is a constant companion. It haunts us as individuals and in community with others. If we live long enough, we will all experience the deaths of loved ones. How is it that most of us are able to continue with our lives despite immense sadness and pain due to these losses? 


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June 21 2012

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Judy Beckman, MA, LSW, CT 


Book Review: Stunned By Grief: Remapping Your Life


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"Stunned by Grief: Remapping Your Life When Loss Changes Everything" is a faith-based account of the author's journey through grief. Judy Brizendine begins with the sharing of her own story–the unexpected death of her young husband.
 
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June 21 2012

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Reading 


A Child's View: Schools Out for Summer


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School's out and summer is here. Most kids love summer for all the opportunities to be outside or have more free time for ourselves. But a new season also reminds us that our loved one won't be with us to greet the sun and blue sky. It reminds us that time is moving forward, but life will never be the same for us.
 
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June 21 2012


Grief Rituals and the Healing Process


Every year at our bereavement day camp, we end with a flower release. After three days of camp, the children are ready. Campers write a message to their special person that died on rice paper and attach it with hemp to a carnation that is then released into a moving body of water. This is all done with great ceremony.  It is a time of great meaning and purpose for all in attendance.
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June 05 2012

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 


Grief and the Handkerchief: Feeling the Deceased Presence


April was a difficult month for me in my grief journey. It’s been five months since my dad passed away, but I’ve been too busy to really let my guard down and feel my feelings. And so when April arrived with my wedding anniversary and holidays, my dad’s absence was palpable. Then suddenly, my parents’ winter home sold after being on the market for two years. Did my dad have something to do with that? I’m not sure, but I was elected to go pack up. I thought this would be a memorable experience with my mom, but at the very last moment something unexpected happened and she couldn’t travel.
 
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May 29 2012

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 

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