04 Sep How Can I Support My Friend Who Is Grieving?

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  How can I support my friend who is grieving? Let’s start with what isn’t helpful.  At Donald’s funeral a friend whispered in my ear, “Why couldn’t it have been my husband who died?” What?  A week after the funeral I was sorting out Donald’s stuff in my garage and my (Married) neighbor showed up […]

20 Dec Ideas To Combat Loneliness

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  The holidays are a reminder that everything has changed.  It’s especially normal during these times to hope for or expect some support from family members and friends. On the flip side, however, it’s normal for friends and family members to be busy with their own  lives—which can leave the griever feeling lost and possibly […]

11 Dec Grief Pain: How Do I Make It Go Away?

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Grief Pain. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t tried to figure out how to make the pain go away.  However, what we all learn, sometimes the hard way, is that we can’t hide from the pain, run from pain, numb the pain with food, drugs or alcohol, shop the pain away, work continuously as a […]

19 Nov Grieving Forward Holiday Plan

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  1.  You don’t need to accept every invitation. 2.  It’s okay not to decorate as much or not to decorate at all.  Unless you have children who expect and need things not to change much. 3.  You don’t have to do everything the same.  This is difficult to do when everything has changed. 4. […]