Articles

about healing from grief and loss

Stronger than Cancer

Author Alisha Krukowski does not like the euphemism that someone “lost their battle with cancer.” On the eve of the three year anniversary of her mom’s death, Alisha reflects on how the battle with cancer brought out the best in her mom, and those around her – giving the world so much more than cancer could ever take away.

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The Valentine’s Challenge

Special days are difficult for the grieving. Valentine’s Day is a particular challenge for those who have lost a spouse or partner. Author Bill Cushnie discusses coping ideas to help widows and widowers get through a day that celebrates relationships and romance.

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Dreams and Nightmares

Author Bill Cushnie discusses how dreams and nightmares provide an opportunity for us to explore feelings around our grief and loss, as well as provide comfort.

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Grief Myths and Realities

There are three common myths as it relates to grieving children. Author Bill Cushnie discusses these myths, as well as the three realities we must accept to help our children heal.

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The Importance of Discussing Loss with Your Children Over Time

At the time of the death, our children may be quite young. Author Lynne Hughes discusses the importance of continuing to revisit and reprocess how the death occurred with our children, as their age provides a new level of understanding.

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What Grieving Teens Want Parents to Know

From the mouths of bereaved teens: they tell us what they want their parents to know… including what not to say, and what not to do.

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Rebuilding a Routine

Schedule and routine provide safety, security, and structure. Following the death of a family member, all of these things are shattered. Author Pete Shrock provides practical tips on how to rebuild a routine and provide a measure of security for your children after the trauma of losing a family member.

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Dealing with “You Should Be Over It By Now.”

Author Lynne Hughes talks about society’s pressure to “get over,” heal,” or “move on” from grief within a certain timeframe. The truth is – grief is a lifelong journey.

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Starting conversations about death and grief

Intuitively, we know being able to talk about our loss is healing, but often, it is not easy to talk about it ourselves, or to get our children to talk about it. Author Bill Cushnie provides family-oriented recommendations to enage your children in conversation about your loss.

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The Work of Grief

Author Jill FitzGerald, LCSW talks about the physical task of grieving, and it’s tax on the conscious, physical body and emotional state. It’s like running a marathon, that doesn’t end at 26.2 miles.

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