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Wishing You Peace in the New Year

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The holiday season is often overwhelming. We are bombarded with the jingle jangle, the advertisements, the decorated stores and doctor’s offices. Everything is in your face, constantly reminding you of the joyful holidays that loom ahead.

What’s a grieving person to do? The physical absence of your beloved is palpable and your grief washes over you like it was just yesterday that your loved one died.

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September 06 2016

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Diane Snyder-Cowan 

We Are Grateful

Sometimes on the grief journey we receive support from people we never meet. We might find comfort in the inspiring words of an author, or by leaning on a tree someone planted many years ago. Grants and donations make it possible for us to offer support to those who are grieving. We are grateful the following programs received grant support in 2016:
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August 22 2016

Categories: About Grief 

“I Must Be Strong, But I Don’t Want To Be”…

When President John F.  Kennedy was assassinated, a nation openly cried and mourned his death. Whether it was a numbing shock or a perceived notion that she had to show strength, we did not see the same expressions of grief from First Lady Jaqueline Kennedy. The public watched as she held the little hands of her children John John and Caroline as they moved through the funeral proceedings with a stoicism that could not be imagined. “The Jaqueline Kennedy Syndrome” was the new phrase as the media talked about the regal bearing of “Queen Jacqueline” which may have promoted the idea that her behavior was the standard for how people should cope with death and express their grief publicly.

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August 22 2016

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Kathryn Harrison Brown, MA, LPC 

How Do We Begin to Grieve

Learn to listen to your body. Where are you holding your tension/stress? Do you carry it in your shoulders? Neck? Head? Chest? Assess your body throughout the day to see how you are carrying your grief. After reading your body, take a moment to release the stress held within your body. Ease the tense shoulders, stretch your back, and breathe. Repeat this process again and again. There are relaxation apps and CD’s available to assist you in relieving your stress.
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August 22 2016

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief 

Book Review Grieving the Death of a Friend

The death of a friend is very often felt intensely and yet may go unrecognized by society. In his book, Grieving the Death of a Friend, Harold Ivan Smith shares his personal friend loss experiences as well as why this type of loss is often so painful. He illustrates this well through his conversational writing style and his use of quotations from other sources.
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August 22 2016

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Reading Laurie L. Mason, LISW-S, ACHP-SW 

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