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I can hardly believe that our angels have been gone for over 5 years.  I still have days where the true reality of all of it still hasn't settled in. When we hit 5 years this past November 4th I felt a new kind of sadness and emptiness.  Time makes things different but it does not make things easier.

I had a moment last week where I sat in my car and tried as hard as I could to...

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"I wander. I drift. I have no purpose. Everything feels meaningless," Mark said.

"Me too. I'm just here. That's all," Melanie added.

Mark and Melanie's daughter Faith was their third...

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I wrote Grief Works because I was angry. Angry that so many of the bereaved clients that came through my door, were suffering more than necessary, because they felt they should have been coping better, feared they were going mad. They had no idea this is normal in grief.  And they didn’t know how to help themselves. I want Grief Works to change that ignorance into knowledge...

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"Does it ever get any better? Everyone says I should be over this or further along." Annette said. 

Annette's daughter Kimberly was the younger of two girls. She loved pink, dogs, and horses....

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I see your tears from Heaven I see the pain you hold for me I know you wish I was still with you Just the way I used to be I hear you say that you sure miss me I've watched you scream out loud alone I know it's hard to live without me You wish that Heaven had a phone I want to show you that I'm with you Please feel me here right at your side Heaven is truly all around you My Soul, it never...

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How do we get to acceptance? Ever since four family members died in 2007, including my elder daughter, the mother of my twin grandchildren, I’ve grappled with this question. I studied grief recovery then, and continue to study it. Many grief experts see acceptance as a choice we make for ourselves.

One thing is certain--our loved ones one wouldn’t want us to stay stuck in the darkness of...

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No one wants to be sad. In fact, we spend a good part of our life in the general pursuit of happiness, doing anything we can to avoid sadness, heartache, discomfort and pain. That is, until someone we love dies. And suddenly, not only does happiness feel so far out of reach, we may find ourselves actively (if not always consciously) avoiding grief....

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Death is the ultimate loss. After a loved one departs from this world, we experience immense grief and sadness. How are we supposed to carry on with life after this type of loss? What can we expect in the days, weeks, and months following the funeral? How will we manage when we return to work after the death of a loved one?
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Ever since losing my 17 year old son Brian in a car accident when someone would say the word “strong” it would make me so mad....
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They Miss Us, Too

 

They miss us, too, the ones who've gone before us,

crossed the bar or bought the farm,

ascended into heaven, kicked the bucket, in repose,

asleep in Christ, to glory graduated, gone to be with God

and all his angels, all those scrubbed and sweeter, silly, 

really, ways of saying that they died. They're...

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