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Grief and Loss

Three Myths We Believe About Suffering

I picked up the phone and hesitated. Should I call? Grief is complex, even on the best days. But when grief is fresh, it’s often ugly and raw. Her grief—only a month or two out from the funeral—would still be hemorrhaging like a fresh wound. I dialed her number anyway, thinking she might let it […] Read more…

Coping with Grief on Valentine’s Day

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You’ve seen the commercial—the one where the guy tells the dog to deliver a beautiful piece of jewelry to his wife for Valentine’s Day? For couples, this is a clever way of pushing jewelry on a holiday known for over-the-top romance and gestures of love. But for those grieving the loss of a loved one, Valentine’s Day is […] Read more…

When Christmas Cards Are Too Much

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I met Afton Rorvik briefly at a conference after finding out that we had something in common: grief. After discovering she wrote a book on friendship and grief, I wanted to feature Afton’s writing on my blog and introduce you to her. She wrote Storm Sisters: Friends Through All Seasons as a result of watching her mother die […] Read more…