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I have been on this journey

For longer than I like

I remember you now

With fewer tears and

More smiles and laughs

But every now and then

It hits me

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When we're grieving, sometimes all we want is a fresh start. You can't undo your loss, so the next best thing is to move forward. Spring is a time of "Rebirth." It's the perfect time of year to get a fresh start on anything. This spring, take advantage of the changing season to help you through your grieving process.

1. Make Time for Spring Cleaning 
There's something about the...

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Grief can be a lonely experience and there is nothing lonelier than when those around you seem to start moving on with their lives and you seem to be the only person left grieving.

When faced with this it’s important to make the distinction between grieving and mourning. Grieving is something that we do internally. Mourning is the outward display of how we react to our loss. Just because...

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How are we to talk in this sort of loneliness that is unspeakable? We cannot seem to get the right words, or even a word, that comes close to describing how we feel. These are the most discouraging of places.

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In today’s society we are in such a rush to get on with things that when a loved one dies we don’t fully understand the need to slow down.  Indeed North American and British societies support this with the fact they only give three days bereavement leave for close family members.  As a result there is an expectation that we can move through grief quickly and it becomes challenging...

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There is a huge misconception about grief in that it’s something we have to get over.  Ask anyone who has lost a loved one and they’ll tell you it’s not about getting over anything.  It’s about learning to adapt to unwelcome change.  It’s about learning to live after loss.  It’s about moving through grief to find peace.  It’s about discovering how to keep your loved...

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When a loved one dies we are left with a gaping hole in our lives.  There is such a sense of absence of their physical presence.  The way they hugged us is gone.  The way they smiled is gone.  The way they filled a room just by being in it is gone.  We don’t know how to fill this hole and indeed some of us don’t even want to. 

In paying attention to the...

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Grief takes time and it usually takes much longer than we think.  This is not because the old adage of “Time Heals” is true but because we don’t actually understand what we need to do to move beyond grief.  If we look around we can find many people who are in the same place as us.  Whilst this comforts us and makes us feel less alone in our pain it doesn’t necessarily help us...

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The grief and loss over the death of my husband left me in some kind of way. I am going to tell the truth in love, but the truth none the less. Becoming human again was something that seemed and was so far away from me, I tell you! Finding out what happened to him, was worse than the shock I felt as a little girl sitting there in front of the TV and watching Walter Cronkite drop his microphone...

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