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"I don't know what I would do without Steve," Tom said. "He came up to me at the funeral, shook my hand, and looked me in the eye. He didn't say a word. The next week, he sent me a text. Later...

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   MaskArtwork: Leslie Evans

              

   Five years ago today we put my son in a casket. I...

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When the Color is Gone

“I eat. He drinks. I talk. He doesn’t. We both go through the motions, trying to somehow be strong for our other kids. Every day is an uphill...

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Do I still hurt?

Yes.

Is the hurt the same?

No.

Have I healed?

Yes and no.

Grief is not a hurdle. It is not a line in the sand. It is not a door you can close. Grief is an endless path. A never ending lesson. Grief is a part of who you are....

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Regret: it’s an emotion we can all relate to and something we have experienced many times prior to the loss of a loved one. What’s interesting about regret is that it can come as equally with action as it does with inaction. We can regret doing something as much as we can regret having done nothing at all.

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When we talk into a room, we tend to look for people who are like us. It’s natural, automatic. We look for affinity, because we relate most naturally to those with whom we have something in...

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After the loss of a loved one, emotions twirl inside like a whirling dervish.  People are sad, depressed, anxious, belligerent, angry, and the list of negative emotions goes on.  For some, sleep is affected for others a feeling of constant discomfort.  For me, after the loss of my brother, I would sit by myself in a dark room with a candle.  If the candle feel over and wax...

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Hi, my name is Linda. Everyone calls me Linda, because...that’s my name! My parents never shortened it, neither did my sister. At school, none of my teachers shortened it....

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The grief from losing a child is the hardest thing I have ever experienced in my life. There is also another grief present in my life right now that I can't explain due to depth and freshness of the grief. Furthermore, it's not only my grief to explain. But...it, also has been a very difficult grief to work through and to accept. Grief is so very common in our society, but it talked about so...

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In the last year, it seems I have been doing more writing for memorial services than blogging or working.  That’s what it has felt like anyway.  It’s been a challenging year to say the least.

First, it was the passing of my childhood best friend’s father, someone I had grown to know as part of my own family.

Three months later, a terminal diagnosis for my 92 year old...

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