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Only the Beginning

I lost my soul mate on April 8, 2016 while he was walking on his lunch break. My daughter bought him a fitbit so that he could get healthy with all of us. He loved it and he beat us on every challenge. The sad part is that she now feels some responsibility for his death. No matter how much you tell her she isn't it stays in her mind. The texting, on meth driver crossed over the road and hit him from behind. He was at the hospital for almost 2 hours before we even found out he had been hit.…

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Added by ROSE EGGERS on August 30, 2016 at 12:16pm — 4 Comments

Research into online mourning

I'm a graduate student in Medical Anthropology at UCSF/UC Berkeley, and my dissertation research looks at grieving online. The idea emerged out of the experience of losing my own father, who died unexpectedly 2 years ago. My project specifically explores how accessing sites such as online memorials, Facebook profiles, and digital archives might allow people to feel connected to loved ones who have passed away. If you visit a particular website or sites to connect with a loved one who has…

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Added by Molly Hales on August 29, 2016 at 11:05am — No Comments

Comfort with Flowers

Flowers make those that are grieving feel better. Every good gift is from above James 1:17.

Added by T.C. Goodwin on August 24, 2016 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Every Kindness Helps Following a Death

A friend of a friend died last week. We hadn’t been in touch with the family in 10 years, and I vacillated on whether to attend the visitation. I not only decided to go, but I also encouraged my spouse to go. We were surprised and humbled when the daughters of the deceased…

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Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on August 17, 2016 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Healthy Grieving

A friend in her early 30s grieved the loss of both her mother and father who died just one year apart. My friend chose outlets for her grief that helped her process and mourn the deaths of her parents. After a year had passed, her older sister confided that she was concerned in…

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Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on August 10, 2016 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Music for Funerals and Memorial Services

Q. When my time comes, I would like to have music played at my funeral. Is music acceptable at services in all religions? Can you suggest some appropriate choices?

Music has played a role in funerals since ancient times when…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on August 3, 2016 at 12:15pm — 2 Comments

Grieving or Wallowing: How do I tell the difference?

As I grieve for my husband Jim, who died on April 1st of this year, I recognize the pain and confusion that I hear in others comments. I feel this overwhelming loss each day.

It takes so much energy to plow through the emotions. No one could tell me this truth until I experienced it for myself.



This is a place where I can express some of those emotions that must be suppressed, avoided, or simply ignored, in most of my daily interactions. Thank you for being here. Thank you for… Continue

Added by Deanne Brown on August 2, 2016 at 2:49pm — 2 Comments

Widows' Aid To Coping? Coloring Books

Q. I’ve read about coloring books for adults that somehow help reduce stress. Are any of them for widows?

I haven’t found any that focus specifically on widows, but "Colors of Loss and Healing: An Adult Coloring Book for Getting Through Tough Times" by Deborah H. Derman, Ph.D., targets…

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Added by Florence Isaacs on August 2, 2016 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

When a Loved One Dies

Please follow link below to read this magazine.  May it bring comfort to you and your families.

https://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/watchtower-no3-2016-may/

Added by Margaret Lopez on August 2, 2016 at 6:55am — No Comments

Hospice Care

Hospice can help one to enjoy a dignified and meaningful life in the company of loved ones... It can also give the family support... How grateful we are to have compassionate workers who are skilled at this

The last thing to go is the hearing...just holding our love ones hand is comforting...Looking forward to no more pain and sorrow in the future...Revelation 21:3,4

 

Added by T.C. Goodwin on July 31, 2016 at 8:23am — No Comments

Eight Surprising Things You May Feel After a Loved One's Death

We’re all familiar with the five stages of grief and we have come to expect that at some point following a death we might feel denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and ultimately, acceptance. So it may be surprising to learn that other feeling might appear that can be downright unexpected and…

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Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on July 27, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Tension over the Cop Murders - Why Are We Arguing ??

So a few weeks ago a couple of co workers were arguing about recent shootings. Why are we arguing? ... We should be grieving. No killing is just and no murder is just. That is just pure wickedness. No man despite their best efforts will be able to stop this. I am looking forward to something better that God can only do - Revelation 21:3,4.

Added by T.C. Goodwin on July 20, 2016 at 6:46am — No Comments

Moms loss

Lost my Mom in December 2015, she died within 4 weeks of knowing she was ill.  I am an only child and sometimes I just break out in tears thinking of her and the things I might have left unsaid or could have said differently.   Since her death, there has been so much left to sort out, or deal with, not sure I have even allowed myself to grieve or come to terms with her death. My church family sent emails of condolence, but I needed a hug or a voice to be there instead. Hope this doesn't…

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Added by L J Haycox on July 18, 2016 at 7:33am — No Comments

Survey- new national conference for grieving parents

Hello Everyone,

I am part of planning for a national conference for grieving parents, aiming for April 2018. It would be in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area.

We have been running a survey to gauge interest and so far have had good response but we need to continue to gather input in order to make sure we pick the right venue.

Please note that the conference will have a focus on the afterlife and is most appropriate for people that believe our children are but a thin veil away…

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Added by Tracy Venters on July 14, 2016 at 12:46am — No Comments

Our Collective Grief – Mourning for Those We’ll Never Know

It’s not that we’re no longer shocked; it just happens so often that we feel numb in its familiarity. Another day, another shooting, and more tragic loss of life. We’re still grieving the heartbreaking loss of the victims murdered in Orlando and now we add to those the deaths in Minnesota, Baton Rouge, and Dallas. How do we process the loss to our national…

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Added by Robbie Miller Kaplan on July 11, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Trying to find a way,

My name is David and I'm 48. My partner Jaime (he was 38 days younger than myself) passed away on December 3, 2015. Jaime was the most sweet, kind, thoughtful, loving person anyone could meet. He worked in a hospital taking care of people with developmental disabilities.He was the calm, I was the storm. In his illness I had to become calm for both of us, as much as I raged to try and fight this.  We met when were 25 and from that day, we were basically inseparable with the exception of…

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Added by David on July 2, 2016 at 1:30am — No Comments

Music for Funerals and Memorial Services

Q. When my time comes, I would like to have music played at my funeral. Is music acceptable at services in all religions? Can you suggest some appropriate choices?

Music has played a role in funerals since ancient times…

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Added by LegacyConnect on June 28, 2016 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Surviving the Loss of Your Loved One; Jan's Rainbow

I wrote this book after losing my wife of 40 years, Jan, to ovarian cancer. It has given comfort to hundreds of people experiencing loss. It was also a major part of my own healing.…

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Added by Lindsay Collier on June 26, 2016 at 7:23am — No Comments

Releasing Grief

Talking is a helpful release....talking to someone that will sincerely listens helps...."that true companion" (Proverbs 17: 17),,, Especially if someone has experience a similiar loss....I lost my grand parents at an early age and I have very fond memories of them.. I have not found many who have lost their grand parents at an early age though,,,,Writing also helps...but the fact that there are folks that are willing to listen helps.

Added by T.C. Goodwin on June 26, 2016 at 7:15am — No Comments

Loss of a Co- Worker - K. Brown

I just lost a co-worker two days of ago. He died of a brain tumor. Now, I  remember the happiness he brought to our unit. My heart goes out to his family because he was so young....You never know what folks are going through until something bad happens.......I try my best to treat people like I want to be treated. Hopefully, his name will be in the local news paper because he knew so many.....Revelation 21:3,4

Added by T.C. Goodwin on June 22, 2016 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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