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  • 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...
  • Facebook tops Google while Amazon hits the skids
    Facebook tops Google while Amazon hits the skids
    Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has now jumped ahead of Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Bin in terms of who has amassed the highest level of personal wealth, but Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is having a much less impressive week. On July 24...
  • Letting Go
    Growing Into Conscious Relationships
    The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for.― Bob MarleyAs my therapy clients progress from stabilization to self-actualization and thriving, an inevitable impasse occurs. What was once...
  • How to Survive the Loss of a Love
    How to Survive the Loss of a Love…Book Review
    This is an amazing book to read if you are experiencing a loss. There are clear losses, as divorce; not-so obvious losses, such as loss of a long-term goal, loss related to aging, loss of beauty, and limbo losses, such as a business transaction...
  • Pink Roses and Buds
    Flowers help students cope with losses, brighten the day
    When a fellow fifth grade student and a sixth grade teacher at the Mason Elementary School passed away this year in Akron, Ohio the school's substitute counselor coordinated an event to help them cope, according to a June 2 report from the...
  • Larry and his little girl "Savvy"
    Stolen Moments in honor of Savannah
    When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which...
  • Grizzlies give 76ers historic loss
    76ers tie franchise record, get closer to NBA record with 20'th straight loss
    The Philadelphia 76ers keep moving up the record books with every loss. However, the Sixers truly hit rarified air on March 15, as they did something that no Sixers team has done in 40 years. It wasn't such an unusual thing for the Sixers to...
  • Love is conquers all
    ‘Endless Love’ proves love does conquer all
    Usually teenage romance movies are one long cliché after another and so what is the point? Boy meets girl, boy loses girl we have seen and heard it all. However, in this remake of “Endless Love” we find something different. There is a...
  • Phillip Seymour Hoffman
    Addiction and Loss: The Life and Death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman
    As I gear up to start writing about healthy food and the Olympics, I can’t help but change topics with a heavy heart after seeing news on the death of actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman. I’ve worked in the addiction field since 2001 and I...