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  • suicide prevention
    Surviving a loss to suicide
    Survivors of suicide loss often hold on to guilt and blame for the self-inflicted deaths of their loved ones. While it is human to feel guilt surrounding a death, especially when the death occurs because of a suicide, it can cause depression if it...
  • Lunar Eclipse
    Poem of Letting Go
    Written a year ago, I am called to share it again during the after effects of the lunar eclipse. For all those that must let go, grieve or release what does not serve them. blessings, V____________Morning::Pulling on the clothes of mourning.I knew...
  • 'The Dog Who Saved Me' by Susan WIlson: A story for anyone who has loved a dog
    'The Dog Who Saved Me' by Susan Wilson: A story for anyone who has loved a dog
    With "The Dog Who Saved Me," Susan Wilson has created another touching, thoughtful and emotion-filled story about a man and a dog -- both scarred physically and emotionally.The story is about Cooper Harrison, who was a member of the...
  • 'Dog Crazy' by Meg Donohue: Charming story for dog lovers
    'Dog Crazy' by Meg Donohue: Charming story for dog lovers
    "Dog Crazy" by Meg Donohue tackles the subject of grief in a story that manages to be both charming and thoughtful. Donohue writes about how people feel when their dog dies.Often people try to hide their grief because others may not...
  • Shift happens empty nest syndrome parent teach conferences can’t save you now
    Shift happens empty nest syndrome parent teach conferences can’t save you now
    I cried and I cried hard, “So this is how my own mom must have felt.” There comes a time when young adults are asserting themselves and mother’s pats on the head just don’t seem to jive. When all of mommy’s well...
  • Grieving Hierarchies
    Thought of the Day: Part 1 Grief Hierarchy- It Shouldn't Exist
    Everyone has lost a partner, friend, parent, job, ability, pet, or object that created joy. It is something viewed as irreplaceable by the person experiencing the loss, but often thought trivial by others.Grief HierarchyWho would view the loss of...
  • Compassion For Those Left Behind
    Compassion For Those Left Behind
    I received a wonderful LinkedIn invitation to connect this morning from the CEO of After A Loss. It is a Canadian service organization I wish exists here in the States--especially for those who are grieving during the holidays.The organization...
  • Grieving the loss of a husband
    Grief and Recovery: What Ever Gets You Through the Night
    THOUGHT OF THE DAY. "Whatever Gets You Through the Night," is the title of John Lennon's 1970's hit single. The phrase, credited to Reverend Ike, a famous black radio evangelist in the 1970's, should be the theme song for...
  • Supporting a Friend
    ‘But I don’t know what to say!’ How to help someone who's grieving
    What do you say to a friend whose loved one has died? How can you help? What can you do to keep from making it worse?Kristi Jamison of Empowerment Initiatives has come face-to-face with grief – and just about every other form of emotional...
  • Matthew Michael Hickey
    Lessons learned a year after a loss
    My regular job has kept me busy of late and so I had been only intellectually aware of the impending first anniversary of my father’s death, yesterday. I wasn’t planning to write about this. It finally caught up with me thanks to the...
  • Hugs for the holidays
    Grief doesn't take holidays off. Tips to helping those that grieve.
    Special Ways to Help Yourself or Someone You Love Through This Difficult Time of YearIf you're like me, over the age of 40, there's a better than 1 in 3 chance that you have lost a close relative or friend in the last year. Or you may be...
  • Tennis balls, teeth, and trust: life lessons from our dogs
    Tennis balls, teeth, and trust: life lessons from our dogs
    On the last night, he could no longer manage the slick hardwood, and so, with tears in my eyes, I carried him outside. With a sigh, he laid his head on my shoulder; he had always trusted me. And then, that last night, we slept as we had for 15...
  • Words to help heal
    Words of hope and healing
    In the past few weeks, the world has lost two greats of comedy, Joan Rivers and Robin Williams. Nothing, of course, can bring them back. However, their comedy routines, comedic words and punch lines will keep them alive in our minds for many years...
  • Realizing the stages of grief can help during times of loss or struggle
    Realizing the stages of grief can help during times of loss or struggle
    Every day millions of people face some loss, disaster or major disappointment.Death of a loved one, breakup of a relationship, loss of a job, or failing at a significant goal are but a few examples. Even the loss of a Friday night football game...
  • Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia
    Counting and redeeming our losses
    In Malvern, Pennsylvania, there is a mass grave of 57 Irish immigrants who died while working for the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad in 1832.The men died mostly from cholera, but some were murdered, the result of a toxic blend of superstition...
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