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A CHRISTMAS POEM

By Helen Steiner Rice I have a list of folks I know, all written in a book And every year when Christmas comes, I go and take a look, And that is when I realize that these names are a part Not of the book they are written in, but really of my heart For […]

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WAYS TO COPE AT CHRISTMAS

Christmas is rich with tradition and filled with joyful festivities. People look forward to spending the holidays with family and friends, exchanging gifts, indulging in delectable treats and reminiscing about the good old days. On the other hand, for bereaved families, the tinsel, decorated trees, and angelic singing of Silent Night, are painful and constant reminders that a […]

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LUKE BRYAN – GRIEVING IN THE PUBLIC EYE

Country artist Luke Bryan lost his brother-in-law this week who was married to his sister Kelly. She died a number of years ago at the age of 39. He has also suffered the loss of his brother, Chris who died at the age of 26. This would be heartbreaking for anyone. The difference is we have lives that allow […]

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March 16 2014 Acceptance

ACCEPTANCE IS NOT DEFEAT. IT IS WHERE YOU BEGIN.

Motivational speaker Tom Krause said, “When life knocks you down, you have two choices—stay down or get up.” That is easier said than done, especially when something catastrophic happens and causes significant life changes. You can’t say, “It’s done and get on with it.” Life, tragedy, and healing don’t work that way. A brain injury isn’t […]

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CALL FOR STORIES: THE TRIBUTE TRILOGY

I am seeking families of fallen police officers, soldiers, and first responders who are willing to share their journey through grief for the following books: Families Behind the Flag: A Tribute to Families of Fallen Soldiers Families Behind the Badge: A Tribute to Families of Fallen Police Officers Families Behind the Uniform: A Tribute to […]

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Nov 13 Your Story

YOUR STORY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STORY THERE IS

I have had the privilege to work with many individuals who are experiencing loss or have experienced a loss through death, divorce, catastrophic injury and/or illness. I meet people every day whose heart has been shattered for one reason or another. I have family members very near and dear to me struggling to accept losses in their […]

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YOU WILL NEVER FORGET ~ I PROMISE!

It is normal to fear that we will forget our loved one who has died, or that others will forget them. I promise you … you won’t. How could you? Sure, as time passes you may forget the smaller details, but the person and what they meant to you in life will not drift away. […]

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MOURNING AVOIDANCE DOESN’T END THE PAIN

Postponing grief, or at least attempting to postpone grief, is not uncommon. It’s not healthy, in my opinion, but it’s not uncommon. In fact, in 2011 the StarTribune ran an online article about families postponing their loved one’s funeral or memorial service for several reasons. The justifications included: The family is busy (e.g. vacation planned) […]

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