Grief

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It is fascinating that we can associate certain places to our memories. But, how can we deal with places that have negative memories attached to them? Listen to this poignant story of death and loss, and restoration. Make it personal: What is the Afterlife, and why does it matter? Are you dealing with the pain of grief, loss, or death? Our online...

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A Pet Owner’s Greatest Fear
A Pet Owner’s Greatest Fear

It hurt today as I said goodbye to Max. Our little dog would have turned 13 in a few days but he never made it. He was getting weaker and on Monday he was so sick that I stayed home from work with him and held him most of the day. I had to carry him as he had no energy even to come back in from going outside. There was nothing the vet could

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Post-Divorce Depression
Post-Divorce Depression

Grief. Rejection. Betrayal. All of these feelings may accompany divorce or separation. Having to deal with all of the logistical, legal, and family details of divorce doesn't allow people to process what they're going through or talk about it with anyone, if they even have someone to talk to. If you'd like to talk privately with someone about your...

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How to Comfort a Friend
How to Comfort a Friend

Comforting friends who have gone through significant hurt or loss is not easy. We want to support and encourage our friends during their time of trial, but often what we say can only make things worse. One of my professors, while teaching a graduate course I took called "Evil & Suffering" (not the most uplifting course name ever devised) talked...

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What to Say When it Hurts
What to Say When it Hurts

Several years ago a friend of mine’s son died. His name was Nathan and he was almost two months old when they lost him.   They lost him to SIDS - every parent’s nightmare.  He was there and then he was gone.  I cannot imagine the depth of their grief. In the months that followed my friend shared a few of things people had said to him. ...

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Walking the Autism Road with Someone You Love
Walking the Autism Road with Someone You Love

When my son was diagnosed with autism, I was surprised at the depths of grief that threatened to overwhelm me. Even though I still had my son, I felt as if I had lost him in some ways. The burden of mourning and moving into a new normal was not a load I was able to carry on my own. Thankfully, my family and friends linked arms with me, walking...

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My Son Who is in Heaven
My Son Who is in Heaven

At 19 weeks I gave birth to a little boy.  We named him Jacob.  We said hello and goodbye in the same hour. He is not a miscarriage or an almost-child, he is my son.  This letter was written three years after his birth.  This is a glimpse into my mother’s heart, a letter written to Jacob my son who resides in heaven.  If you (or someone you...

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Help! I am in crisis!
Help! I am in crisis!

Take a deep breath: You will survive, you are not alone and it has happened to someone else, there is hope.  You feel like your world is out of control right now and it probably is.  Remember it won’t stay this way forever.  Think of another time you felt overwhelmed, what did you do to handle it in a healthy way?  We all handle stress differently...

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