Misconceptions About Children and Grief

They don't understand what has happened; they're too young. Even the very young know when those around them are upset. Most understand more than adults realize. Going to the funeral would just upset them. Not being included in family rituals could be more upsetting....

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Grief…Feeling Your Way Through

Grief is a journey. You have been given a ticket for the jouney - - a ticket which you didn't ask for, didn't deserve, didn't want. But the ticket has your name on it, and you must take the journey regardless. You may fear what's ahead. You already know the loneliness...

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How To Help Others Listen To Your Grief

"Please Listen!" When I ask you to listen to me and you start by giving advice, you have not done what I asked. When I ask you to listen to me and you begin by telling me why I shouldn't feel that way, you are trampling on my feelings. When I ask you to listen to me...

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Cocoon of a Butterfly

" A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. One day a small opening appeared. He stared and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to force its body through the little hole. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared as if it had got as far as...

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Healing Does Not Mean Forgetting…

Have you ever been afraid that if you heal from the loss of your spouse that you are being disrespectful to them? Or you are going to forget them? Or you "should" "get over" your grief? If you have ever had these thoughts you are not alone... The fact is that you will...

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When your Friends and Family Fail You

It's statically proven that lack of support is a significant issue amongst widowed parents. In the initial days, weeks and if you are lucky months after losing your spouse I am sure you had an abundance of support. I was overwhelmed by how many people had offered our...

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The New Widow: Who Am I Now?

When you were married, you never thought you’d be facing this so soon. In fact, you probably never really thought about facing it at all. You’ve gone through the adjustment of becoming a couple from figuring out finances, maybe changing your name to running a...

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Are My Feelings Normal Or Is It Just Widow Brain?

Have you ever wondered if your overwhelming emotions you are experiencing after losing your spouse are normal? I know I certainly did. I am writing this for you to help you understand that although grief can feel scary it really is a normal response to your loss....

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