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Only one now holds the wishes, hopes and dreams that belonged to a couple.  Homes to build, trips to take, children to raise, that once were a couples plan are now the plan of one.  Why do widows stay up at night? We’re attempting to recreate a world we believed we had for a lifetime. Nothing is the same and everything, everything has changed.

 

Lying in bed...

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While in the grieving process, it may feel as though hope has abandoned you. Depressed, you question your purpose for living. You ask, "Why did this happen? What is the point of it all?" You may have lost hope for living your dreams or don't even know what they are anymore. Perhaps your loved one was an integral part of living the life you had always imagined. Uninspired, you go through the...

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The morning after my first session of a grief support group.

I had wanted to stay at home in bed all day, but I couldn’t.  I had two children to take to school and a paycheck to earn.   I had awakened that morning with a horrible headache, a dark depression and a deep despair that was worse than I had ever experienced. 

Forget that...

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He lay there dying and muttered the final words as his last breath drew to a close "I love you." Think about this statement, can you remember the final words that your loved one said to you before they moved on to the spirit world.

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This is the story of Adrienne, as told by Kelly Larsen I was married for 29 years; I got married when I was 23. And my husband and I sort of grew up together. We had the perfect marriage, everything … Continue reading

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Widow, what a strange word! I can’t tell you how many people have said to me, “You need to find a new word to describe who you are”. Who I am? Does the word widow describe who we are or is the hand that we have been dealt?

I searched the web, of course, and came up with some interesting definitions for widow as a noun:

  1. a woman who has lost her husband by death and has not...
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This is Lisa’s story as told by Katie…. In 2011, I lost my mother and my mother-in-law within ten days.  Soon after that, I lost my brother-in-law’s mother and then my brother-in-law.  These people were immensely important to me, and … Continue reading

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There are many books and articles written about how to deal with the loss of a family member. Losing a family member can be a terrible experience; losing a family member unexpectedly can create additional barriers to overcome.

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Activity For Grieving Tweens and Teens

 

I believe becoming aware of our emotions is a critical step in the grieving process. When we are aware, we can truly make a choice of how we want to experience each day.

Here is one of my favorite activities I’ve shared with middle school children in the child bereavement program...

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