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  • To the Widow Facing Her First Valentine’s Day Alone

    by Kerry Phillipshttps://youngwidowedanddating.com First, and most importantly, you’ll get through it.  I can’t promise your day won’t be filled with tears, a scream or two, or crying in the shower. But, I promise you can and will make it through.  On a day that symbolizes love – especially love between couples and spouses – it’s hard not to get caught up in the “what-ifs.” What would life look like if your loved one were still here? What would you have...

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  • I Love You

    by Julie Gentzhttps://timeinabottle.blog ” . . . and now, I’m glad I didn’t know the way it all would end, the way it all would go. Our lives are better left to chance. I could have missed the pain, but I’d have had to miss The Dance.” The Dance by Garth Brooks. My favorite Valentine didn’t come from a store. It came straight from the heart. When we were dating, I told my late husband that he would never have to worry...

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  • Finding My Way

    by Julie Gentzhttps://timeinabottle.blog It is only three days away from a new year: 365 days of new adventures, new possibilities, new hurts, and new hopes. This morning I got up and thought, “I’ll just take a quick look at my Facebook page.” (LOL . . . this never turns out to be anything even remotely close to “quick”!) The very first thing I saw was a post from one of the many wonderful friends I have made through sites I belong to...

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  • Return to the crime scene

    by Tim Ovediekhttps://diaryofawidower.com FRIDAY, January 1, 2010 – In front of the house, three young men are loudly saying goodbye to  each other.  Apparently they’ve spent the first seven hours of the new year in a state of extreme  inebriation. One of them proclaims loudly that he’s ready for a good fuck. Typical macho blowhards. I’m one of the poor souls who are not on their way home, but is up early in order to take the dog out and, to...

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  • Where Are You, Christmas?

    song by Faith HillWhere are you, Christmas?Why can't I find you?Why have you gone away?Where is the laughter?You used to bring meWhy can't I hear music play?My world is changingI'm rearrangingDoes that mean Christmas changes too?Where are you Christmas?Do you rememberThe one you used to know?I'm not the same oneSee what the time's doneIs that why you have let me go?Christmas is hereEverywhere, ohChristmas is hereIf you care, ohIf there is love in your heart and your mindYou will feel...

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  • Grief & Child Loss at Christmas Time

    by Lisa K Boehmhttps://www.lisakboehm.com How can you possibly go on after you lose a child? And how on earth, can you celebrate Christmas? There's a hole in your family. Someone very important is missing - your child. We were faced with that reality 17 days before Christmas in December 2015. That day, I decided to take the afternoon off of work and spent the afternoon Christmas shopping for my two kids. I was behind on everything that year! I thought...

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  • Best Christmas Gifts for those Grieving

    by Nancy Bernshttps://www.nancyberns.com Do you have that one person still on your Christmas gift list for whom you have no idea what to buy? And if you are like me, after you choose something, you include a gift receipt anyway. It is challenging enough to pick out gifts, but what do you give someone who is grieving? How do you celebrate the season with a person mired in pain? This year, you may know people who are grieving the loss...

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  • 10 Great Ways To Remember A Loved One On Thanksgiving

    borrowed from https://www.tributearchive.com Thanksgiving is a time for family to gather with one another and give thanks for all the blessings in their lives. If you are mourning the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be an emotionally difficult time; especially if this is the first year without them. Whether your loved one was a friend, a family member, or a beloved pet, celebrating the holiday may not feel the same without them there. But part of the grieving process is learning...

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  • Family Grief: Five Keys to Grieving Well Together

    by Sarah Epstein LMFThttps://www.psychologytoday.com When a family grieves a loss, a barrage of different emotions, reactions, and coping mechanisms will emerge, likely at different paces. The process of grief may include shutting down, crying, sleeping, struggling to sleep, overeating, struggling with appetite, angry outbursts, irritability, moments of levity, numbness, depression, and denial. Some family members will want to discuss the loss while others withdraw into silence. Some will want to surround themselves with loved ones while others need more time alone. Some may find themselves in a...

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  • Thankful For What Was . . .Hopeful For What Is Yet To Be

    by Julie Gentz Dear Brian, It’s the end of the day, and, amazing though it seems sometimes, I have survived yet another holiday without you. It’s funny, but I can make it through a day, looking and acting like I am “OK” (whatever that is in this post pandemic/post death world). But that “OK” is only on the surface. Deep down inside there’s still that empty spot — the place that should have you as a person in it, not you as...

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  • Trapped In A World Between Living And Dead

    by Maria Kubitzhttps://www.aliveinmemory.org Sometimes I feel like I’m stuck somewhere between living and dead. To be more specific, when my 4-year-old daughter died, a part of me died with her. For over a decade I’ve dealt with the pain of my grief. During that time, I’ve continually been learning how to reinvest in living a meaningful life. Yet the part of me that died is tethered to the realm of the dead. A realm that contains my daughter, the world...

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  • Surviving the Death of a Child

    by Kelly Farleyhttps://grievingdads.com I talk to a lot of grieving dads that experience severe psychological impacts after the loss of their child.  I too experienced many of the same impacts after the death of my children and it scared the hell out of me. Not long after the death of my son Noah I noticed that I had lost my drive, focus, confidence and hope.  I also started to feel things that I had never experienced before, including despair, fear...

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