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Keeping Our Center Throughout Our Grief Journey

Having lost three loved ones to suicide, guest author Catherine Greenleaf has learned that finding and keeping balance after a loss can make all of the difference in healing and moving forward.

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The “Me” Before

Obviously, we are forever changed when we lose someone we love, but sometimes we suddenly and unexpectedly come face to face with our previous selves. Our guest author reflects on a recent experience with friends during which she realized just how much she and life have changed since she lost her son.

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A Different Kind of Valentine

Alisha’s mom died on February 13th, 2007. Valentine’s Day Eve. She tells us how she was planning (or rather not planning) for Valentine’s Day to come and go as usual this year when her mom’s memory came knocking softly at her heart. Mom loved holidays, loved the idea of spreading cheer and love and chocolate. She felt something different this year. She felt challenged to reclaim this day.

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Love Letters

What would you say to your deceased spouse if you could tell him or her anything? We all lay awake at night muttering into the darkness lost words meant for them. Guest author Emily Clark tells us how writing to her husband helps her to still feel a sense of connection.

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Real Men Grieve

Grief is talked about more openly now than in the past, but nobody really speaks to men on this. Specifically, men don’t speak to men about this. Guest author Erik S. tells us how losing his daughter showed him how little support was out there for grieving dads.

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Home For The Holidays

How will you celebrate Christmas now that your loved one won’t be there to fill his or her role in your family tradition? Guest author Samantha Sage tells about the “Dad Tree” she and her kids decorate every year, as they celebrate the memory of an amazing man.

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Holidays and Celebrating Those We’ve Lost

Popular culture tells us we are supposed to be cheery, warm and joyful with family and friends at the holidays. Author Bill Cushnie knows that our lives change when we lose someone we love and our experience associated with the holidays changes as well. Some lovely ideas on how to celebrate while acknowledging what we have lost.

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Getting Used To The Weirdness

There are just some things you can’t possibly anticipate after the death of a spouse. The odd decisions and conversations you never imagined would be part of your life. Guest author Emily Clark shares some of her strangest moments…and tells why they no longer strike her as odd.

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The Tigger In All Of Us

Actions of love many times speak louder than words. Throughout our grief journeys, sometimes we just need a reassuring touch to let us know that there is hope, and that we can transcend the most painful of tragedies. Sometimes others need the same from us.

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Grief vs. Depression

Sometimes, grief can lead to depression. But in and of itself, grief is a natural response to loss, something you need to do in order to heal your broken heart. Guest author Kelly Buckley believes that grief is not necessarily something that needs to be medicated because a physician doesn’t know what to say and wants to find solutions for you.

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