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The pain of loosing a loved one can be overwhelming. This article contains steps on how to cope with the loss.

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When I was a kid and when my kids were kids (and sometimes today) there was a constant thought and words spoken: "That's not fair." The typical response my parents gave and I gave my kids is/was "Life is not fair.

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It’s been a while since I posted on this series, but this post is a continuation of my generated list of 30 words that could be used to describe grief.  Obviously this list relates to my experience with grief, so I am interested to see if anyone else can relate with this word.  I plan on continuing [...]

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Honouring our pain validates it. It characterises the real 'us'. And as we move past the sting of our pain, the memory of how we learned to cope glows fondly within. We will say: "We got through; we learned; we recovered."

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How do you cope with the loss of a loved one? We all cope in different ways because we are all individuals with our individual experiences.

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We looked at the difference between a codependent and a co-empowered relationship and began looking at how this can relate to our grieving process. Now I would like to continue with that theme. If we are able to come to a place of seeing the lost child not as a codependent child, but as a co-empowered spirit, as a being who had their own life to live, then we can begin the process of...

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When it happens that you lose a child or a mate, or someone close, your life is forever divided into the before and the after. When the after times begin, the before times take on a lightness of being, an almost enviable innocence, that seems lost in the after times.

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It was one of those new fancy cell phones and I had been holding it in my hands all day for fear of missing her call. You see, there is a new person in my life and I have grown very fond of her, even though we've know each other only for a very short while. She was on vacation in France and I was attending a seminar in Montreal (Canada). In order not to disturb the speaker and the other...

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Offering condolences can be awkward no matter which side of the gesture you're on. Friends and family may struggle to find the right words while the bereaved may feel like no one really understands what they're going through. Unfortunately, there is no right way to make that process easier, but sympathy gifts can be a step in the right direction.

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Sympathy gifts may sound like an unusual idea. For most people, their first inclination is to back away from someone who is grieving, reasoning that they need their space or just finding themselves unsure of exactly what to do or say. It's a natural reaction, but it is possible to reach out and offer support with a thoughtful and touching gift.

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