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The grieving process is extremely painful. After the death of a loved one, it feels like the pain will never go away. Although the pain will never fully go away, there will come a day when the heavy burden of grief will feel lighter. While that is a sign that you are healing, with it comes the unexpected side-effect of guilt. Know that what you're feeling is common and a perfectly normal...

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All successes in life, especially when adapting to the death of our loved ones, depends on the quality of our inner life. The quality of that mindset directly depends on the beliefs, thoughts, choices, experiences, and commitment we generate to face the numerous changes that the absence of our loved ones brings.

 

So the first belief to ponder and strongly embrace is the cold...

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Yesterday was Mother’s Day, and whether you were fortunate enough to get to spend time with yours or were perhaps laying flowers on her grave, I hope you took the time to appreciate her somehow. While SevenPonds ...

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Your Mother is Always With You

- Anonymous

Your mother is always with you…
She’s the whisper of the leaves
as you walk down the street.
She’s the smell of bleach in
your freshly laundered socks.
She’s the cool hand on your
brow when you’re not well.
Your mother lives inside
your laughter. She’s crystallized
in...

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During my ten years of assisting families with making burial arrangements, I listened to countless expressions of regret by loved ones on behalf of the deceased. "I regret that he didn't, she didn't, I didn't, we didn't, or they didn't." This remorse that the deceased didn't get a chance to do something that they always wanted to do brings sadness and disappointment to the family and loved...

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On Mother's Day I miss my son.

Yet I look up into the sky and feel him smiling down on me.

 

On Mother's Day other mothers are accepting handmade gifts from their children

When I bask in the glow of my son's bravery.

 

On Mother's Day some mothers are having breakfast in bed.

I wake up next to my husband who thinks I am the best mommy ever!...

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Something I get asked often by those who are bereaved, like you, like me is "Where are my loved ones now?" "Are they safe?" "Are they happy?" "Will I see them again?"

 

I believe they are and you will, but what I believe doesn't matter, it's what you believe. It's your belief alone that ultimately is going to answer those questions for you.

 

You might be...

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I wish I could say "I knew my father" I did not but I did know his pain, I knew that pain all too well.  It took over his life ran his world, you see my mom died when I was 9 years old leaving behind a husband and 4 children 11,9,7 and 2.  When mom died in essense dad died also.  At least the part of him that was rationale and tender,loving.  He never spoke of my...

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