Topic: Recent Loss

A Financial To-Do List for the Recently Widowed

Losing a spouse is one of the most devastating events many of us will face. On top of all of the grief, there are hard financial questions that must be addressed. Jason Alderman, Visa’s Senior Director of Global Financial Education, shares some valuable tips on which decisions can wait, and which need to be dealt with quickly.

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It’s Okay to Cry

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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I Bought The Books

Desperate to find healing after her father’s death, Comfort Zone Camper Samantha Worman realized that she spent more time reading books on loss than she spent actually grieving. In time, she found that her grief was her own, and that she could experience it any way and any time that she needed to.

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Losing Someone to Suicide

It is hard enough to lose a loved one as a child or a teen but to add the extra stigma of suicide almost seems unbearable. Guest author Kim Kates shares how Samaritans and Comfort Zone Camp offered hope and healing to a very special group of kids and teens, and how you can offer your support as well.

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A Lot of Angry Friends Out There

When a friend dies, it can leave so much hurt and anger in our hearts. Guest author Victoria Noe shares more thoughts on the anger we may experience, and how we can start to move towards healing.

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Working With Bereaved Parents in Counseling

Working with a parent who is facing a child’s death can present unique challenges for a human service professional. As a bereaved parent and counselor himself, guest author David J. Roberts offers some advice on how to serve these parents and honor the memories of their children.

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Finding Meaning in Tragedy

When her brother died suddenly, guest Author Tabitha Jayne felt completely lost. For many years, she found it hard to believe that she could ever be happy again. With great self love and strength, she slowly learned that she could miss her brother while not missing out on her own life.

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The Kindness of Acquaintances

There is much talk about the kindness of strangers, but what about the kindness of acquaintances? Sometimes, people we hardly know seem to appear out of nowhere to offer support in a moment that we are feeling alone in our grief. Our guest author shares one such experience, and encourages each of us to share a kind word today with someone who may need it more than we know.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past

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.

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When a Teen or Child Loses a Loved One to Suicide

When a teen or child experiences the death of someone they love, it can be traumatizing. When the death is a result of a suicide, the trauma takes on a different hue, and some different fears and emotions may surface. Our friends at www.save.org offer some helpful thoughts and tips in helping young people to cope with a suicide loss.

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