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National Grief Awareness Day

Friday, August 28, 2020

  August 30 is National Grief Awareness Day. In a way, it is an odd thing to commemorate. When a person is grieving, are they not aware of that painful fact every single moment of every single day? Every day for them is “Grief Awareness Day.” So why make this a day to commemorate what … Read More

Building the “New Normal” 

Monday, August 10, 2020

Across town in a small cemetery, nestled in a family plot, lies a small headstone citing a man’s name, along with the words, “Pastor, Teacher, Papa, Friend.” These simple words, identifying  the man behind the stone, also significantly identify his relationship to those left behind.   We know ourselves in the context of relationship… a daughter or son, a spouse, a parent, a friend, a co-worker/employee.  … Read More

Grief Beyond Grief: The Secondary Losses Associated with Grief

Thursday, July 9, 2020

My husband died in 2008. At the time I lived in Texas. I had two young children, a job I loved, a position in my church, deep and treasured friendships, dreams I was pursuing, and a pattern of activities I could anticipate on a daily basis. That all changed in an instant. I moved and … Read More

Adjustment

Friday, June 26, 2020

ad·just·ment the process of adapting or becoming used to a new situation. Recently in a grief support group that I facilitate one of the members mentioned that he used to stop by his wife’s grave every night on his way home from work. He added that for the past few weeks he has started to … Read More

Meet the Volunteers – The Center for Hope and Healing

Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Center for Hope and Healing is grateful for the many volunteers that make outreach to grieving individuals and families possible. Periodically we want to introduce some of these individuals to the reader as they are crucial parts of the team at the Center for Hope and Healing.  Our first featured volunteer is Cian O’Byrne. Cian is 19, the … Read More

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