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DEALING WITH THE EXPECTATIONS OF OTHERS

The grief journey is fraught with emotions, doubts, regrets, and what-ifs. It only takes but a couple of judgements from a supporter to make us second guess how we are doing. People often expect the bereaved to be further along the grief journey than they are. This is a very difficult situation and certainly one […]

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10 TIPS TO HELP CHILDREN IN BLENDED FAMILIES

Entering a new relationship that involves children requires patience, understanding, and an ongoing commitment from all the adults involved to keep the focus on the children and their parental relationships. Unfortunately, the unresolved anger, disappointment and grief between the separated or divorced parents will often get in the way. Parents are charged with an enormous […]

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ONE LOSS = MULTIPLE LOSSES

Two famous quotes come to mind as I write this article. The first is from Gertrude Stein’s 1913 poem, Sacred Emily: “A rose is a rose is a rose.” The other is from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet play: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Both quotes imply that no matter what […]

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THE ONION EFFECT: UNDERSTANDING THE TEARS AND LAYERS OF LOSS

As an individual travels the journey of grief, the magnitude and impact of loss is revealed in layers. Much like peeling an onion, the deeper the cut, the more tears shed. Why? Loss is incredibly painful, life-changing, chaotic, and strikes without choice. Traditional teachings state loss results from death, divorce, and other life transitions. Today’s […]

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CONTEMPORARIES PROVIDE INVALUABLE SUPPORT

Your contemporaries, colleagues, and friends can provide invaluable peer support especially if they have endured a similar or shared experience. Peer support is offered one-on-one or in a group setting. The most obvious benefit of receiving support from friends and colleagues is that the supporter has credibility and is trusted. It’s important for the person needing support […]

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THE UNIQUE GRIEF OF POLICE, MILITARY, & FIRST-RESPONDERS

“No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.” ~Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the Unite States (1872-1933) By Janelle Breese Biagioni To Live a Life of Service We choose to live a life of service. For some this means living a life of devotion in […]

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LOSING A LOYAL COMPANION

We have always had a dog in our family. Sadly, we put our little guy down about 7 years ago and I haven’t been able to think about bringing a new dog into the family. Both of my daughters had to put their dogs down a couple of years ago and only one week apart from […]

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IT’S IMPORTANT IN HEALING TO GRIEVE IN YOUR OWN WAY

We all have emotions, feelings, needs, wants and desires. The problem is we are not always very good at communicating what those are to others. Grief does not make it any easier either, because often we cannot even put into words what those feelings and emotions are. I have a picture of one of my […]

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