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How Jewelry Can Play a Role in Grief

​Spring is right around the corner. Soon we will see signs of new growth with snow drops, crocus, daffodils and tulips. I look forward to this spring with mixed emotion. This will be my first spring since my mom died.

I was given a birdbath and 30 tulip bulbs after her death. I built and planted a small memory garden before the first frost. Now, I look forward to spring to see these flowers dancing in the wind.   
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February 25 2019

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Diane Snyder-Cowan 

Nature’s Comfort in Grief

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​Thirty-five years ago, J. William Worden first put forth The Four Tasks of Mourning, through which he believed grieving people must navigate following the death and loss of a loved one. Over the years, he has distilled the wording of these tasks to make them easier to understand and more meaningful.
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January 23 2019

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Mollie K. P. Borgione, ATR-BC, PC 

A Child’s View:Should Children Attend Funerals and Memorial Events?

​In my work as School Liaison, the question of whether kids and teens should attend funerals comes up frequently. Parents and caregivers are often uncertain about whether their children should attend funerals; teachers may not be sure what to say to students about attending a classmate’s service. Young people have expressed their concerns and opinions to me. Most students feel strongly that they should be given the opportunity to attend. I have heard from several teenagers who were not permitted to attend the services of grandparents and now harbor resentment and regret.  
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January 23 2019

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Jane Arnoff Logsdon, LSW, ACHP-SW 

Journaling Through Grief

​The grieving process fills us with many different feelings. They dash in and out, some linger for a time, some grip us tightly and some become a part of us. As we grieve, we carry them around with us and often we are overwhelmed. We wonder, "What do I do with these feelings?" We may wish that we could find someone to share each feeling with us, as well as each story and memory. However, this solution is not always possible.
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January 23 2019

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Tensie Holland LSW, CT 

The Quiet Space of Grief

In the cold of winter, we are more apt to feel the pain of our grief. Ambivalence becomes our friend as we search for the meaning in loss. We release a sigh of relief that we survived the holidays and then comes the quiet of winter. 
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November 19 2018

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief JoDee Coulter, MT-BC, CT 

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