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The Perfect Gift

The Perfect Gift

0 / March 12, 2014 11:43 am

What can somebody do to really make a difference as you begin to heal through grief? You probably have plenty of food, volumes of cards and flowers, but what kind of gift would genuinely touch your heart? The gift of memories. When you’ve loved and lost, memories are invaluable treasures. What if there are stories about your loved one that you may have never heard? The next time someone asks what they can do to help you, ask them to write a favorite memory, maybe include a special photo- and to send it to you via mail or email…

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The Rise of Humanist Funerals

The Rise of Humanist Funerals

0 / February 26, 2014 9:43 pm

A funeral, without a doubt, is the most personal event that a person can be associated with. While tradition once meant that people came to expect a religious service, this is no longer the case. With more people choosing not to follow a particular faith, humanist funerals are on the rise and have even recently been featured in the long running British soap opera, Coronation Street. What are humanist funerals? A humanist funeral is an alternative to having a religious or faith-based funeral ceremony. Designed to be meaningful and personal to the deceased…

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Helping Teens Walk the Tightrope of Grief

Helping Teens Walk the Tightrope of Grief

0 / February 23, 2014 11:32 am

When an adolescent experiences the death of a family member or friend, often adults related to the young person stand by helplessly wondering what to do. It is my experience that the anxiety level of adults rises considerably as they wonder what they can do, what they should do and how a young person is going to cope with the loss. Although it is a new and frightful world for many adults, it doesn’t need to be. With a bit of common sense and understanding of what a young person is going through…

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Are You Suffering from a Grief Disorder?

Are You Suffering from a Grief Disorder?

0 / February 18, 2014 11:48 am

Creating an online tribute to remember someone’s life is a positive step you can take after the loss of a loved one. However, despite celebrating the life of someone who was close to you in this way, the grieving process is not easy and you may be left with lasting feelings of emptiness and a depressed mood. When this is the case, you are suffering from more than simply grief and you may have instead what is termed a grief disorder. It’s important that you recognize the symptoms of this so that you can receive timely treatment…

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Why Do People Say Hurtful Things?

Why Do People Say Hurtful Things?

0 / February 17, 2014 10:41 am

I learned a lot after I lost my husband, and one of the things I learned is what not to say to someone who is grieving. We are all different, but I found it hurtful when people would say things like “Oh you will see a reason for this someday.” Maybe that would be comforting for someone else to hear, but I found those types of comments very unsettling, to say the least. Our emotions are turned upside down after a terrible loss, and in my case I know I was overly sensitive. But maybe the reason words like that upset me was because I felt they belittled my grief. I don’t know…

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Helping Yourself Through Grief

Helping Yourself Through Grief

0 / February 7, 2014 12:32 pm

During the months following a death those who are grieving often ask, “How can I help myself?” or, “What do I have to do next?” The reality is that you may have a great deal of support from family or friends, or from professionals, but you must be engaged in your own recovery. There is a great deal you can do for yourself. Here are some tips others have found helpful. Learn all you can about grief. Much has been published about grief over the years and it is a subject that many professionals are attempting to understand. Many funeral homes have a library with resources that will be helpful…

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You Are Never Alone

You Are Never Alone

0 / January 31, 2014 10:44 am

Sometimes we think we have our life all mapped out and that we have a pretty good handle on things. We may even feel that we are in control of our life. However, if the truth were known, we would realize that we are never in control, even when it most seems like it. Evidence of that would be the fact that events do come into our life that we least expect, let alone welcome. Losing a loved one certainly falls in that category. Yet even as unwelcome as that loss may be, we can take comfort in the fact that something important is happening in our lives, that there is something we…

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My First Valentine’s Day Alone

My First Valentine’s Day Alone

0 / January 27, 2014 1:07 pm

On Valentine’s Day I forced myself out of bed. Staying in bed was not an option. My principal who had given me the lead to my literacy coach position was coming to our school for a visit. I couldn’t let her down. When I arrived at school, students greeted me with hugs and candy hearts that said, “I Love You.” Paper hearts and Valentine bags dangled in every classroom I visited. Memories of red roses, romantic cards and Valentine’s Day dinner at the Rainbow room in New York crashed through my mind. Living in the present was harder than I thought…

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Feeling Upside Down? Holiday Grief Radio Broadcast

Feeling Upside Down? Holiday Grief Radio Broadcast

0 / December 16, 2013 5:13 pm

It’s the happiest time of the year, right? When someone’s missing from the picture the holidays can feel lonely and confusing. Maybe you’re worried what people will think if you no-show a traditional event, or break down in the middle of it. You’re not alone! And what do you do with all the generous offers from people wanting to help? Please join me for this special holiday broadcast from WRIX-FM and The Morning Show with Greg and Aly…

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The Road Back To Happiness

The Road Back To Happiness

0 / December 16, 2013 2:55 pm

What if you woke up to discover that your happiness was completely gone? That happened to me one cold November morning. Sid, my husband and soul mate for almost thirty-eight years, had died suddenly in his sleep. I felt like my heart could not possibly go on beating without him. I remember lying alone in the dark that night, begging God to take me, too. But when the sun came up, I was still breathing. Even though I could barely function at the time, I knew deep in my shattered heart that somehow I would have to eventually figure out how to find the road back…

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