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Caring for My Father

​Three months ago, my father and mother came to Cleveland so Dad could receive a heart valve replacement. We were confident that after a short recovery at our home, he would be back at his home in Florida. While Dad was in the hospital, the world changed in a way we could not have imagined. A complication uncovered metastatic cancer engulfing his liver.

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January 18 2017

Categories: Grief and Loss Bill Finn, CEO 

Find Light in Love and Gratitude

​After the death of your loved one, the anticipation of these first holidays can be filled with a combination of dread, anxiety or numbness. Many intentions pass through your mind and the realization sets in—your loved one will not be home for the holidays. And they will be missed. The season is as laden with memories as a Thanksgiving table is with food.

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December 05 2016

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Mary Murphy, M.Ed., LPC 

A Child's View: The Holiday Present Nobody Wants

​Have you ever been so excited to open up your beautifully wrapped holiday presents that you beg and beg your parents to let you open up one gift before you normally would? You only ask for one because you know the answer will be “no” to any more than that. You do everything you can to convince your parents to allow you to at least have a peek, shake it or size it up to the items on your wish list. Nonetheless, all your hard-fought efforts fall short and you are destined to wait until your family’s holiday gift exchange occurs.

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December 04 2016

Categories: Grief and Loss 

Book Review: The Empty Chair - Handling Grief on Holidays and Special Occasions

​Authors Susan J. Zonnebelt-Smeenge, a registered nurse and licensed clinical psychologist, and Robert C. DeVries, an ordained minister and seminary professor wrote this book specifically about grief and the holidays offering hope for bereaved individuals in need of support during these times. This book is intended for the newly bereaved however, it can be utilized regardless of time.

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December 03 2016

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Reading 

Grief Reactions in the Wake of Community Violence

Day after day we hear stories of community violence. Acts of aggression happen.  These impact the lives of children and adults as well as those who protect citizens and those who mean to harm others. Some of these incidents may have happened in your home town.
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November 28 2016

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 

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