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.Read More...
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Bill Cushnie, M.Div., & retired president & owner of Strategic Solutions, a group dynamics/adult education consulting firm.
Patti Cox, Bereavement counselor and children, teen and adult grief support group facilitator.
Jill Fitzgerald, LCSW, private grief therapist and founding board member for Comfort Zone Camp.
Pete Shrock, National Program Director for Comfort Zone Camp, specializes in children with life traumas.
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Topic: Faith and Religion
Traditions bind families and societies tightly to one another. But altering our traditions to suit our current needs makes sense. Guest author and bereaved parent Joanetta Hendel encourages us to be creative and flexible in customizing our holiday plans after a loss.Read More...
During the holidays, many of us tend to rush from store to store, hunting for the right gift to tell each person how much we care. Guest author Kelly Buckley challenges us to give the greatest gift of all – a letter sharing our true feelings with those we hold most dear.Read More...
Under normal circumstances, preparing for any holiday can be stressful as well as tiring. After a loss, our grief may be so painful that we question whether to celebrate the holidays at all. Guest author Dave Roberts offers some helpful suggestions for making the holidays a peaceful time again for you and your family.Read More...
When a loved one dies from suicide, it can be difficult to find peace. Questions will remain unanswered, and others may not understand how their words can hurt. Christine Schelling shares some of her journey, faith, and realizations with us.Read More...
Author Bill Cushnie shares his take on the different spiritual dimensions in the ways we respond to the death of someone we love, whether we consider ourselves religious or not.Read More...
When someone we love dies, it is inevitable that questions of faith and spirituality arise. For some faith is challenged, for some it is dashed, for some it is a comfort, and for some it is a new exploration. Author Bill Cushnie suggests actions that are helpful in supporting the spiritual side of the grief journey.Read More...