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Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear. William Shakespeare

 
Though not my typical article about grief and loss issues, I found the number of child deaths among our US Presidents throughout history interesting. It opened my eyes to a wider view of death and in some small way, it validated and supported...
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Grief.  Big and bad and the ugly some days.  I know that, and those who are reading this know that too. I am going to share with you a personal story, and personal stories are difficult to tell for me...

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Feb. 18, 2012 Steven Gatto and his wife Candy lost four precious grandchildren, Gage, Greg, KK, and Kandeein, in a house fire.

They were his whole life. For the 1 year anniversary to help him cope with the pain he  wrote a beautiful and powerful song about loss but more inportantly about the hope of enjoying the memories without so...

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"In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all…it comes with bitterest agony…Perfect relief is not possible except with time. You cannot realize that you will ever feel better…and yet this is a mistake. You are sure to be happy again. To know this, which is certainly true, will make you some less miserable now. I have experienced enough to know...

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To those of us who have children, we have found those moments in life when we are full of pride.  I have worked hard at being respectful of my children's privacy as I speak of my life, and my lessons along the way.  But this is a story that I feel is timely and I feel it is important to share it with you.
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In my favorite scene from Peter’s Jackson’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” (2012), the elf queen Galadriel (played by Cate Blanchette) uses her intuition to communicate silently with Gandolf (played by Ian Mckellen) while they are attending a meeting of Middle Earth elders.  Their silent, intuitive hearing—or clairaudience—reminds me of what some of my grief coaching clients have...

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