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As the flood waters recede in Queensland, and many families are planning funeral and memorial services, they need to know how to deal with their grief and...


When we are grieving, we seem to have a fundamental need to know if our loved ones are still 'alive' in some way. Grief and loss can trigger a strong drive to seek them out, a need to where they are now and if they are OK.


Our attachment to those we love is so strong that when we lose a child we are thrown into the gut wrenching pain of grief as that physical attachment is severed, often abruptly - we are cast adrift, despairing and desolate. When I consider my personal journey of grieving for my son the greatest aid to my own healing has been finding an ongoing connection, a gossamer thread to the unknown, to...


Connecting with loved ones who are no longer with us is a vital part of healing and adapting to grief and loss in our life. There are many ways we can establish and maintain connections but equally important is finding a meaningful place - a sacred space to do just that. There could be one or there could be many, but the 'right' space for you is the one that fits in with your lifestyle, your...


The first anniversary of your child's death is very difficult as is many other "firsts." Above everything else, parents don't want their child to be forgotten. Many make the effort to make sure this doesn't happen, particularly on the first birthday or anniversary after the death and after.

One idea from a bereaved mother, who felt a great need to do something special on her son Scott's...


I've never thought much or done much about Day of the Dead (it's not real big in Maryland!) but wanted to share this excerpt from the book I'm currently reading, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver (she and her family decided to spend a year eating local foods only.. very interesting book but a little preachy)




Is anyone else not crazy about Halloween? I just don't find tombstones/skeletons/zombies that amusing anymore. It makes me shudder that when my oldest daughter was little I dressed her up as a baby angel for her first Halloween. What was I thinking? I can't even look at those photos anymore. And most the skeletons and skull decorations are not full size, so I keep thinking they are exactly...


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