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A Father’s Perspective: How Early and Later Grief Are Different

Based on my own experiences, I would like to illustrate some differences I have discovered between the early and later stages of my journey, using specific essentials that I believe are common to the experience of all bereaved individuals.

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The Importance of Community in a Child’s Healing

Camps and bereavement groups are not the only places to create a sense of belonging. Online forums and websites such as Hello Grief allow kids to creatively express themselves. These virtual communities are just as important. They are always there — day or night.

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Pedaling with Grief

Cycling is a place where I can connect my mind, body, and spirit. I need it as much as I need food and water or as much as others need daily grief counseling.

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Birthdays and the “Could Have Beens”

I should try to just celebrate that 14 years ago in my history, a young man came into this world who would change who I was, what I would become. His life continues to shape me, and will for as long as I draw breath in this wonderful and horrible thing we call life.

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Make Some Noise for Our Graduate

In the frenzy leading up to the big day, I was told breathlessly, barely 12 hours before the event that I had to get a lei and maracas. A Lei? Maracas? Had high school graduations changed that much or was this some American tradition I wasn’t aware of?

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Questions at the Grocery Store

In the days that immediately followed my 10-year-old son’s death, perhaps there was nowhere more terrifying than the grocery store – the place I had spent countless shopping excursions begging my son and his little sister to stop running.

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Identity Crisis

Guest author Emily Clark recounts her identity crisis and subsequent experience of getting to know herself all over again following her husband’s death.

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Personal Growth Following a Loss: One Parent’s Story

Guest author David Roberts reflects on post-traumatic growth and how he came to a place where he could decide to thrive and not just survive following his daughter’s death.

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My Life As An Analytical Griever

Guest author Emily Clark reflects on how being an intellectual helped – and sometimes hindered – her healing.

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Taking Care of Yourself Helps You Grieve

Guest Author Emily Clark shares how making self-care a priority was a game changer in her grief journey.

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