Grief is a sacred journey

Bereavement and End of Life

How to Create a Solstice Ritual: Honoring Nature’s Pause

Christmas often feels frantic and commercial rather than spiritual. New Year’s is party time. At Solstice, I feel the peace of Nature’s pause and the gift of returning light. Since my husband Vic’s death, I’ve created Solstice

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Finding Balance during Grief: Healing Dreams and Creativity

I try out for a team that demands gymnastic skills. I do a handstand, shocked by my ability and strength.  I’m told to hold this position, as though I am an antenna tuned into an important station.

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He’s Only A Dog: Love, Loss, and Continuing Bonds

“Where’s Amigo?” I asked Mom. “Isn’t he in the backyard?” she replied. “No. Someone left the gate open.” “Oh, don’t worry, honey. He’ll come back, he always does.” True, he always did. I walked through my neighborhood

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Give Thanks For This Imperfect Life

What if Vic’s cancer had been caught earlier? What if the diagnosis was a mistake? What if they’d tried a different treatment? Maybe he was sick because of foot x-rays in his childhood shoe stores or the

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Waiting for a Call: Love, Loss, and Continuing Bonds

I wait for Vic to call. I saw him exhale without inhaling again. I washed his body, shrouded it, and zipped him into a body bag. Still I wait. “May I speak to Vic,” a voice says

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Healing Through Play: Lessons from a Child

This week, author Kathleen M. Rodgers shares a healing experience she had after two hard losses. You’ll find her bio and links after the article. Thank you, Kathleen. *** Two weeks after the death of my dog

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Poems to Grieve By: Love, Loss, and Continuing Bonds

Don’t run away from grief, o soul, Look for the remedy inside the pain, because the rose came from the thorn and the ruby came from a stone. ~ Rumi The weight of my husband Vic’s death

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Mother-in-Law Blues: Lessons in “Don’t Bite the Hook”

“My doctor gave me a prescription,” Virginia says pointing vaguely toward a piece of paper on her counter. “Will you fill it at Wegman’s?” “Sure,” I say, picking up the slip and reading. “It’s for a walker,

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My Uncoupled Life: Family Changes after a Death

“You sit in front,” Liz offers. “No, you sit with David,” I say. She belongs next to David, not me. My son David, his bride Liz, and I head for Watkins Glen State Park on this glorious

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After the Last Bereavement Gathering

As I left the parking lot half an hour after the last meeting of Standing in Our New Lives—a four-week bereavement support group for women who have lost their spouses or partners—group participants spoke quietly outside in

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