Topic: Parent Loss

The Fine Line Between Hope and Panic

After her mom died, guest author Camila Martin felt a lot of pressure from others about how she should act and what she should feel. She tells us how her grief left her bouncing between competing emotions, and how she has moved towards a place of balance.

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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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What I Didn’t See Coming

We try our best to comfort those who grieve, based on what we think they may be feeling. Guest Author Stephanie Bullard shares that the actual experience is many faceted, and often includes some unexpected moments and realities of grief.

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College Without Dad

Going to college is a transition, and once you’re there you can’t just blow off your feelings of grief. Guest author Samantha Worman feels that it’s a blessing and a curse to come into a new place with no one knowing who you are, or who you’ve lost.

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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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Life After Our Mom Was Murdered

Murder. It’s unimaginable, until it happens to your family. Three siblings talk about the night their mom was murdered, and how it impacted them then and now. They teach us that you can grieve in your own way, while working as a family to find healing.

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After My Father Died

When a parent dies, sadness and grief will follow. But for some teens, the sadness can manifest into something larger, something darker. One brave young woman tells the story of her own grief, and the choices she made to help herself heal.

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Hugging Them In Your Heart

When we lose someone we love, the longing for just one more hug, visit, or conversation can be overwhelming. Guest Author Maureen Hunter shares how we can still connect with our loved ones, even when they are no longer physically in our lives.

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Surviving Summer

The death of a parent shatters you and stamps down hard on memory leaving behind an annual residue that can be impossible to bear. Guest author Alan Silberberg looks back on that summer after third grade, when his mom died, and his world changed. He openly shares the secret he found to making summer a good time of year again.

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My Father, My Best Friend

Like many of us, guest author Alex G. used to wonder how he would cope if he lost one of his parents. In raw words, he tells us how he had to face that reality when his dad died unexpectedly last year.

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