Topic: Long Term Illness

Grief vs. Depression

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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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Always Missing Dad

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On the six month anniversary of her father’s death from cancer, guest author Sarita Zanazzi reflects on her father’s life, and on the ways others have unknowingly made her grieving more difficult.

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Promises to Keep

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When your parent is dying, you may find yourself in the odd position of being both child and caregiver. Guest author Cheryl Rice tells us how her mother still cared for the whole family in the end, even as they were caring for her.

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It’s Okay to Cry

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So many of us try to hide from our pain and put on a brave face after a loss. Guest author Catherine Greenleaf, who has lost three people to suicide, tells us why it is so vital to allow ourselves to really cry and grieve in order to heal.

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Breathing For Elaine

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When you learn your best friend is dying, your perspective shifts. Your priorities change. Guest Author Jan Groft tells us that in those precious final days, there is no time to take a moment or even a single breath for granted.

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The Experience of Grief

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During and after her mother’s battle with cancer, guest author Meghan O’Rourke found that society’s picture of grief did not fit her own experience. She shares what she learned, and what she still hopes to learn by delving into her own personal feelings of loss.

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The Power of Bearing Witness

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There are times in life when the highest honor, the greatest love is paid to another by simply bearing witness to his or her grief. Guest author Judith Johnson shares her experience with us.

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A long, slow loss

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Is it easier to lose someone quickly or slowly? Author Alisha Krukowski admits that there’s no good way to lose someone you love, and shares the many “little losses” that led up to the final loss of her mother’s death from cancer.

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I Will Never Be the Same

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“My Dad died from lung cancer when I was 13 years old,” that’s guest writer Danielle Taylor’s “tag line” when people ask about her dad. It sums up all the information they need… but for her, it carries a greater reality she felt when he died – that she will never be the same.

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Halloween Without

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Guest author Diana Doyle watches her neighborhood transform into a spooky graveyard in preparation for Halloween. Another Halloween her daughter Savannah will miss.

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