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Seven Steps to Decuttering Your Grief

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2016 | 4:41 PM

Okay! I did it. I cleaned out my closet this morning. I got rid of all the things that didn't fully bring me joy. This Christmas my husband gave me the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. It is not a big book, but it...

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Let Their Light Shine: Three Tips for Getting Through the Holidays After Loss

(1) Comments | Posted December 17, 2015 | 6:18 PM

Last Sunday night I attended Midpennsula Chapter of The Compassionate Friends worldwide candle lighting in Brisbane, California. At 7 p.m. we lit candles in memory of our loved ones who have died. A wave of light going around the world remembering beloved children/siblings and grandchildren. Prior to the lighting...

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40 Tips to Find Hope After Loss During the Holidays

(5) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 2:53 PM

Today my daughter Heidi and I recorded a webinar with Mitch Carmody and Alan Pedersen, the executive director of The Compassionate Friends. Our topic was "Finding Hope in the Holidays." All of us had lost children, siblings or parents. As chance would have it I received an email from a...

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9 Tips to Help People Grieving Losses After Recent Terrorist Attacks

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2015 | 10:08 AM

Today on Open to Hope radio I had planned an interviewed with Mary Fetchet LCSW. Co-founder of Voices of September 11th and an expert in dealing with trauma. Mary's son Brad, age 24, died in the World Trade Center attacks. This show was of particular interest to my...

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7 Tips When Dealing With Grief Trauma After the Paris Terrorist Attacks

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2015 | 11:46 AM

Just the fact that the terrorist attack took place in Paris, an international city we connect with beauty, love and pleasure, is an assault on humanity. It is like someone stole jewels from our jewel box. I first visited Paris as a teenager with my parents and quickly fell in...

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Ruth's Gift of Hope: How a Total Stranger Changed My Holiday

(3) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 11:51 AM

My daughter, Heidi and I recently delivered a keynote address called "Handling the Holidays" at a hospice event in Greensborough, South Carolina. Looking back on the early years following my son's death I admit that I did not handle the holidays; they handled me. They came and went whether I...

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Death of a Child: Dealing With Clothes, Cleaning Rooms, and Displaying Pictures

(5) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 11:49 AM

The sound of my cell phone this morning startled me as I was still a bit shaken by the death of my niece following a three-month battle with cancer. I had forgotten that I had agreed to be interviewed by Nancy Comiskey, a journalism lecturer at Indiana University,...

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10 Places Grieving Widows Can Get Help

(8) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 5:34 PM

The death of a spouse means losing your lover, best friend, confidante, and co-wrangler of bills, children, household tasks and life. In addition to the heartache of missing the person closest to you in the world, the isolation of losing a spouse can be devastating. Friends and family...

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Paul Newman, Kay Warren and Gary Mendell: Making Sense of Loss

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 12:42 PM

While at my hairdresser today an article in Vogue Magazine, July 2015 issue caught my eye. There was a piece about discontent in the Newman family since the death of actor Paul Newman (2008). It seems that Newman gave the proceeds of his food company to charity and since his...

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Kathryn Steinle's Murder: Personal Tragedy and Immigration Reform

(4) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 12:29 PM

The death of Kathryn Steinle, who was fatally shot on July 1, 2015 in San Francisco's Embarcadero, has shocked the nation. Not only has it become a personal tragedy but is also being used as a driving factor in the long-divisive political debate about how to reform the nation's immigration...

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Project Semicolon: Honoring Survivors of Suicide Loss

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 5:20 PM

After a loss, many people wonder how they can go on without their loved one, and struggle to find hope. The struggle can be more difficult for survivors of suicide loss. Many studies, such as those by researchers De Leo and Heller, found a higher rate...

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Fourth of July Fireworks Can Fuel Anxiety

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 11:28 AM

The Fourth of July is a time for parades, barbecues with friends and family, remembering our nation's past, and of course firework displays. For families who have been impacted by personal experience with gun violence and have recently been shaken by the shootings in Charleston at the Emanuel African Methodist...

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Delanie Walker join MADD in 'No More Victims'

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 11:03 AM

MADD's (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) 35th Anniversary conference in Arlington, Virginia was touching and at the same time disturbing as pictures of those young and old who were the victims of drunk driving lined the halls. At the Friday luncheon Delanie Walker, tight end for the Tennessee Titans,...

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Joe Biden Tragedy: Dealing with Multiple Losses

(4) Comments | Posted June 4, 2015 | 11:42 AM

Watching the news this past week was painful as pictures of Vice President Biden and his deceased son Joseph Biden III (Beau were shown on the news, and comments were made on the close relationship between father and son. How, we ask ourselves, is Vice President Biden dealing with another...

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Grief Support for Beau Biden

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2015 | 11:42 AM

The death of Joseph Biden III (Beau Biden) yesterday really touch my heart as I am sure it did many of you. I was particularly struck by the fact that I learned about it on a Huffington Post alert while driving home from a meeting. How different that was from...

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Death and Friends: Unacknowledged Grief

(5) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 7:42 PM

Mondays are exciting days for me. Some people dread Monday as the start of a new workweek, or even get a "case of the Mondays." But Mondays are my favorite day of the week, because it is the day that my daughter, Heidi, and I interview amazing people who have...

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Death in India: 8 Things to Help You Deal With Unresolved Grief

(7) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 12:55 PM

I've always wanted to visit India and had an opportunity last month when my husband and I spent two weeks touring Rajasthan, the largest state in northern India. We started with the majestic Taj Mahal, located in Agra. The Taj, as it is commonly known, was commissioned in 1632 by...

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Grief: 6 Reasons to Give Yourself a Hall Pass

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 5:21 PM

After your loss have you sometimes wished you lived in another time, where those who were grieving were excused from social commitments for up to a year? Imagine, no pressure to attend family gatherings, or go to friends' engagement parties or baby showers for a year following a death. No...

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Thanksgiving When You Don't Feel Thankful: 6 Helpful Tips

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 10:21 AM

Thanksgiving is a time when we join with friends and family to express gratitude for all that we have. Indeed for our bounty. But what if you are missing a beloved family member at your table? What if your daughter suddenly died in her sleep the day before graduating from...

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Cleaning Out a Deceased Loved One's Closet: 12 Tips to Make the Process a Little Easier

(2) Comments | Posted October 30, 2014 | 3:30 PM

Preparation and pacing can help make the unbearable task of sorting a deceased loved one's belongings possible. Before you begin the process, you will want to gather your supplies. Plenty of boxes labeled "Keep," "Discard/Trash," and "Donate," permanent markers, gloves, and garbage bags. You will want to ask friends to...

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