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Grief is change. It changes our life, our routine, our plan and right along with it, grief changes us.  Change is hard under the best of circumstances (new job, a wedding, a baby), but the changes we don’t ask for can be intolerable. Some of these changes will be forever and long lasting, but some will only be part of the acute and early stages of grieving (whatever that timeline...

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Loss generates questions - lots of them. Many of them have no satisfying answers, yet our hearts must ask them anyway. 

 

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When loss strikes, we're stunned. We wonder about many things. Did it have to happen? Could someone have done something to prevent it?

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Forgiveness can be a huge part of our grieving process. Forgiving ourselves is often the biggest challenge of all. 


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Oh, you know. That thing. The one with the--uh--the thing. You know....

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Guilt is not our friend, yet he comes visiting often. At times, it seems there is no end to the things we wonder about and can feel guilty for. 


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What happened? Why? We look for someone responsible. Often, that somehow ends up being us. We feel guilty. 


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You can find my Love in Rainbows You can hear me in your heart Although I am in Heaven We are never far apart As starlight dances in the sky Or raindrops touch the ground That is me, sending you my love So you may feel me all around I know that you sure miss me And you cry for me each day I'm right here watching you go on I never went away When you feel the sun upon your face Or see a bird in...

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When asked, few people can name even one man who has been widowed.  But given a few moments for additional consideration, many are likely to say, “Oh wait a minute, I do know one.  He lives down the street or works with me at my office.” When I presented this same question to a friend of mine, he failed to recall how his own father was widowed. I find this stunning.

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Anxiety can be a terrible thing. It can hijack a life. In grief, our anxiety baseline naturally rises. Panic attacks can come out of the blue.


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