Topic: Parent Loss

What Doesn’t Kill Me Makes Me Stronger

Melissa Moore, a Comfort Zone Camper, lost her father to cancer just weeks before she began seventh grade. Looking back on the years that followed, she tells us what hurt, what helped, and how she has moved towards healing.

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Grasping for Details

When guest author Jan Groft’s attended the funeral of her sister Dolores, she noted that Dolores’ lipstick was not applied correctly. Jan tells us that this is how we cope. We grasp for the tangible, the physical, a place to park our grief, if only temporarily, a safe and familiar rest stop.

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Moments of Grace

As many grieving people know, keeping a loved one’s memory alive after they die can be a difficult task. Guest author Colleen Wilson shares some interesting ways that she feels her mother’s presence in her life now.

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Learning About Dad, Thirteen Years Later

Guest author Emily Sullivan’s dad died when she was very young, so she has few memories of him. But in many ways, she has found that we are all extensions of the people that we have lost. Using her dad’s old camera, Emily experiences a new type of connection with the unique man he was.

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The Experience of Grief

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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Remembering Dad on Father’s Day

Father’s Day can be a rough holiday when you feel like you are the only one without a dad. Hello Grief’s Alisha Krukowski offers a few suggestions on how to create your own new traditions to remember and celebrate your dad on Father’s Day.

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Navigating Your Grief Journey

Before we decide where we’re going, we have to understand and accept where we are. Author Bill Cushnie poses the questions: How do we navigate our way during our journey? How do we reevaluate and set our new courses? What can we learn from where we are now?

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Before and After

It’s funny how one thing can change the course of our grief, and help us to manage feelings of guilt and isolation. Teen guest author Samantha Worman shares her feelings after her father’s death, and also her feelings after her first time at Comfort Zone Camp.

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Memory Anchors

It’s fairly common to fear losing memories of a loved one after they’ve died. Bill Cushnie talks about memory anchors and how they can keep us connected to our loved ones.

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A long, slow loss

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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