SILENT NIGHT

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Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin Mother and Child Holy Infant so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace Sleep in heavenly peace Silent night, holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight Glories stream from heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ, the Saviour is born Christ, the […]

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I WANTED TO CANCEL CHRISTMAS!

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Gerry died on October 24th and his funeral was October 30th. Then, just as it is today, within hours of the stores selling out of Hallowe’en costumes and candy, the shelves transformed overnight for the holidays. Tinsel, tree skirts, sparkly ornaments, candy canes, and anything else that was glittery and gold was now the prominent […]

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WAYS TO GET THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS AFTER LOSS

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Christmas is generally a time rich with tradition and jam-packed with joyful festivities. We 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 […]

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Creating Ritual and Ceremony

Ritual and ceremony is an important way to mark milestones in life. Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, weddings, and graduations are events infused with ritual and ceremony. It’s important to mark holidays and “rites of passage” with celebration by taking time from our daily routine to do things differently. When it comes to a loved one’s death, it’s acceptable to […]

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THE GIFT OF HOPE

Jan 1

I consider myself a “hope generator.” I believe that people need hope to do the things they need to do when recovering from loss and tragedy. Imparting hope to them isn’t as easy as it sounds. First of all, the person has to be ready to receive hope. If they can’t take it in, they won’t act […]

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THE TRUE INTENT OF BOXING DAY

Dec 25

For millions, Boxing Day is the highlight of the festive season. They have no issue lining up for hours and hours to get the best buys in the department stores. I, on the other hand, cannot be bothered to step foot anywhere near shopping takes place. Boxing Day originated in the Victorian era and had nothing to […]

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A CHRISTMAS POEM

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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

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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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Rejection – It Feels Like the Ultimate Heartbreak

February 13 2014 rejection

Being rejected by another person can feel like the ultimate heartbreak. Why don’t they want me? Why don’t they love me? Why don’t they approve of me? I can’t answer those questions for you. Each of us needs to do the work of understanding why we so desperately need that person’s approval. Oprah Winfrey said […]

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Let Me Share Some Love with You

Heart in Hands January 30 2014

February is the month of hearts and most often associated with love because of Valentine’s Day. So what better month to share some of my time and knowledge with you for FREE! That’s right! I am offering up to 12 people a FREE 30 minute telephone consult to ask me questions about my journey, to discuss their journey, […]

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