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  • Mom and Dad's hands 2014
    When a mother dies
    Moms, Mothers, Mommy, or Ma are the first people in our lives to be there for us. They are our first playmates, the first to hear the sound of the words we have achieved to say, the first to ease your pain, the first to tell you you’re fine...
  • 20 sincere sympathy card sentiments to comfort those who grieve
    20 sincere sympathy card sentiments to comfort those who grieve
    What does one say to a grieving friend or loved one, when words seem to fail?How can a person find the right words to write in a sympathy card? Sometimes the simplest words are the most difficult to find, especially when it comes to comforting...
  • Angelic grief
    Changing the focus of grief
    My primary goal as a grief counselor is to get you over the first speed bump. I hope in our conversation I can help you to change the focus of your grief.Last night "Rosa" called my hotline to ask for some much needed help. Rosa's...
  • Weight of the Soul mourning gift from Lauri Freeman's Three-Fourths of an Ounce website
    Keepsakes for those who have lost a loved one from Three-Fourths of an Ounce
    Where many other cultures have traditions regarding death, it seems that in our society it's often difficult to express one's self and come up with the right things to say to the person who is grieving the loss of a loved one. Even more of...
  • Karyn Washington
    When the physician can't heal herself; mentor to girls commits suicide at 22
    In a cruel twist of irony, it was reported yesterday that Karyn Washington, 22, CEO and founder of For Brown Girls, has committed suicide. Washington was known for battling the stigma sometimes attached with being a dark-skinned young woman in...
  • How to handle the death of a loved one
    ‘Grandma can do cartwheels again’: giving kids a heavenly perspective on death
    Telling your child a loved one has died is one of the hardest things for parents to do.I learned this firsthand when my wife’s mother died recently. Our daughters were very close to “Grandma Jean.” She lived a few minutes from...
  • 5 ways to honor a loved one's memory during the holidays
    5 ways to honor a loved one's memory during the holidays
    The holidays are soon approaching, and what can be a joyous time for most can also be a time of sadness for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Some of life’s happiest memories are those made around the holidays, and feelings of...
  • My before smile
    My before smile and my after smile
    My before smile and my after smile.Sometimes when I can't sleep I flip through the pictures on my phone. I take lots of pictures. Pictures of flowers, pictures of food. Pictures of my husband snoozing. He's so cute... Pictures of my kids....
  • 4 tips on grieving the loss of a love
    4 tips on grieving the loss of a love
    Losing a love is never easy. Whether the loss comes about through a break-up or a death, it is important to grieve. If you try to move on to another relationship before first grieving your loss, you will be disappointed. You must first find...
  • Grief is a Natural Part of Life
    How to cope with the loss of a loved one
    There are a number of ways to cope with the loss of a loved one. Many people experience a normal reaction of grief due to the loss of someone they love, a pet, or something important to them.Grief typically occurs as a reaction to death, a job...
  • Pope saddened over CT victims, Presdient calls for healing brokenhearted
    Pope saddened over CT victims, Presdient calls for healing brokenhearted
    Pope Benedict expressed sadness this morning over Friday’s elementary school massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT where twenty children aged 5 – 10 and seven adults, including the shooter who turned the gun on himself, were...
  • Connecticut town mourns, President calls nation to bind up their wounds (Video)
    Connecticut town mourns, President calls nation to bind up their wounds (Video)
    Today in history, December 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights took effect, including the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution: namely, the right to bear arms; butFriday night people gathered at the Washington Monumentfor a candlelight vigil in...
  • Connecticut School Shooting Grieving Apps
    Apps to help with grieving in the aftermath of the Connecticut school tragedy
    The school shootings in Connecticut will bring a call for many changes. We'll find out if this senseless act could've been avoided, but in the meantime people need to grieve. There are a number of apps out there that you can keep on your...
  • Love Lessons:  How Do I Stop Grieving the Loss of My Husband?
    Love Lessons: how do I stop grieving the loss of my husband?
    Dear Cheryl,My husband recently passed away, and I’m having a very difficult time moving forward in my life. My mind is flooded with memories of the good times we shared. When I close my eyes at night to fall asleep, I can see him smiling. I...
  • Euthanasia and grief
    Euthanasia and grief (Video)
    Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from.Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross August the 1st was not the...