Grief is a sacred journey

Bereavement and End of Life

Toss Out the Illness, Save the Love

131 A few months after my husband Vic’s death, I opened the kitchen cabinet to get my vitamins as I did every morning. My eyes drifted to Vic’s medicines on a higher shelf, but I didn’t avert

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A Circle of Love: My Priceless Wedding Ring

119 “It’s gone,” I cried out with tears sprinting down my cheeks. Vic was building a fire at the campground where we planned to stay that night. “What’s gone?” he said. “My wedding ring,” I sobbed. “It’s

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Choosing the Path of No Regrets

102 I was at the Hospicare residence to see my sick friend Martha Cohen. She was asleep so I talked with her sister a while. Before leaving, I touched Martha’s hand. She opened her eyes and beamed a

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Before and After: When My Old Life Died, a New Life Began

131 My life is divided into Before—the time between meeting my husband Vic in 1966 and his death in 2008—and After. I am no longer a wife and partner. I am still a mother, although my adult

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Danger Lurked in the Sweetest Days: Artis Henderson’s ‘Un-Remarried Widow’

38 Artis Henderson didn’t expect to fall in love with a conservative, church-going soldier training for war in Iraq. As she writes in her elegant and poetic memoir Un-Remarried Widow, “there was danger lurking in the sweetest

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Sharing Our Grief Lightens the Load

136 “I miss Dad,” I told Mom after my father died when I was 14. “I don’t know what to do.” “I can’t talk about it,” Mom said. “I have to go to work. I don’t want

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When I Was Your Favorite Birthday Gift

256 On March 7, 2008 when you turned 67, cancer was winning. We feared it would be your last birthday. At dawn, I heard muffled banging of wood against metal as you loaded the wood stove. Upstairs,

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A Survival Guide for Life After Loss: Tending the Spirit

114 5 1. Pray or meditate—in your own way or according to your spiritual or religious tradition. Consider spending part of each day in silence rather than seeking constant distraction. Meditation and prayer comfort us. In silence,

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A Survival Guide for Life after Loss: Ten Ways to Nurture your Soul

312 12 This is the second of three Survival Guides. The first focused on Body and the next will be about Spirit. 1. Share your grief with close friends. Steve said my grief allowed him to feel

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A Survival Guide for Life After Loss: Body

420 10 This is the first of three Survival Guides: Body, Soul, and Spirit During my husband’s illness and after his death, grief exhausted me. Who cared about staying healthy? Some part of me did, but it

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