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Bereavement Gifts

10 Ways to Keep a Loved One's Memory Alive

Having lost 4 family members in just over 3 years, my world was turned upside down. I felt an ache in my heart and in my arms. I knew they were still in my heart but I needed something I could physically hold or actually see to comfort me. Although nothing brought them back or took away the pain, having some tangible reminders of them eased the pain.


Healing with Memorial Bookmarks

Grief is a natural response to losing a loved one. Your emotional response is very personal and takes time.  Healing happens gradually; it can’t be forced or hurried.  What is important is that whatever your experience is, you need to be patient with yourself and allow your heart to follow the course that is best for you.

Grief Repressed and Grief Expressed

I have a choice when it comes to grief.

Jewish Guide to Shiva Practices and Helping Your Friend in Mourning


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About the Author

Lisa roamed across the globe teaching and working as a community organizer before arriving in San Francisco, a place she now calls home. She lives 22 blocks away from the Pacific Ocean and enjoys spending Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath, spending time with family and walking on the beach.

Five Lessons Learned in the Fire (About God)

When Holidays Bring Sadness

One Sunday afternoon when I was fifteen, my dad had a massive heart attack and collapsed in front of me. They resuscitated him at the hospital, but he never regained consciousness. For a week I sat by his bed and talked about anything and everything that came into my mind.

I knew he wasn’t going to make it.

Set an Extra Plate Initiative - Holiday Dinners

Mary Lee Robinson, author of The Widow or Widower Next Door, is excited to announce her community initiative entitled "Set an Extra Plate".
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Finding Comfort in a Pillow

July 17th and I’m standing in a room where exactly 2 weeks ago, my fiancé, Chase, had opened his beautiful

Colors of the Spirit: We Are All One in Grief

I originally published a version of this article for The Open to Hope Foundation ( on July 24,2014 following my return from the national conference of the Compassionate Friends in Chicago. I recently found myself drawn to this piece, probably because this year’s Compassionate Friends national conference is drawing near.

My Father's Gift: A Context for Grief

As Father’s Day approaches, I remember my father not so much for the memories that we created when he was alive, but for the memories that he is helping me create now.  My father, Austin Marion Roberts was only in my life for 5 years, after which time he left me and my mother Sadie.

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