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In times of loss, sadness can easily deepen into depression. It feels like we've fallen into a pit, and sometimes the pit can grow very dark indeed. 


From the Grieving...


When asked, few people can name even one man who has been widowed.  But given a few moments for additional consideration, many are likely to say, “Oh wait a minute, I do know one.  He lives down the street or works with me at my office.” When I presented this same question to a friend of mine, he failed to recall how his own father was widowed. I find this stunning.



When hit by a loss, the teen’s initial response is shock. They’re stunned.


From the Grieving Teen's Heart


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You want to help a grieving friend, but don’t know what to do. I understand your predicament because I’ve “been there.” Comforting a bereaved person can be a challenge. My husband and I learned what to do after we experienced multiple losses. We learned what works and what doesn’t. The most important thing we learned is that small gestures can provide immense comfort.

In 2007 our elder...


How to Say the Mourners Kaddish - The Jewish Prayer of Mourning 

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Do you know someone who has lost a loved one?  Has a friend of yours suffered the death of an important person?  Do you feel unsure of what to say or what to do to make it better for them during this season of holiday cheer?  Here are some tips on how to support your friend through this hard time of the year:

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Hi Momma,

It's 11pm, June 29, 2015.  At this time, one year ago, I was laying in your bedroom on a twin mattress on the floor attempting to make you believe, and probably even myself, that I was actually going to get some...


I give workshops about anticipatory grief and creating a happy life after loss. Last evening I gave caregiving workshop about compassion fatigue. My workshops always include participation activities. Last evening I asked attendees to think of some happy events in their lives. I passed out sticky notes and asked people to jot down a happy experience.

The room became quiet....


 In the backs of our minds, most of us realize that the unthinkable can happen. For me, that was the loss of her son Charlie, 23, who died of pneumonia.

 Before I know it, it’ll be six years since Charlie left us, and I will always feel the loss close...


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