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The Sorrow of Abraham Lincoln

One of the greatest presidents in our nation’s history experienced moments of sorrow during his life and was able to draw from his experiences to console a longtime friend. President Abraham Lincoln served from 1861  …
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National Handwriting Day – January 23rd

Even in this digital age, everyone’s handwriting is unique. It is often as unique as they are. Maybe their writing showed big loops and swirls. Or maybe it is tiny printing, very precise and straight.  …
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Celebrate a Life

When someone we love dies, we find ourselves confronted with both the grief of our loss and the desire to celebrate a life well lived. While working through our emotional pain, how are we able  …
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Resting After the Holidays

We are just past the longest night of the year, and we face a winter of dark and cold. For some, that darkness is a strong metaphor for their grief. And darkness can be frightening.    …
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I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Listen to any radio station, shop at any store, or watch any holiday movies or shows on TV between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and you’re bound to hear a rendition of the classic song, “I’ll Be  …
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Grieving During the Holidays

A great fear, and struggle, that grievers have with a holiday is anticipating how different and difficult it will be without their person there. Assuredly, that person’s death will leave a hole in a family’s  …
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Grief and the Holidays

Between November 1 and January 1, there are more than three dozen holidays celebrated around the world. Some of the most popular and important holidays occur during this time, including Dia de los Muertos, Thanksgiving,  …
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A Journey Through Grief – Suicide Prevention Month

If anything “good” has come from the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been that topics such as mental health and suicide are no longer taboo subjects to talk about. There is a growing awareness of how  …
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Suicide Prevention

According to the National Institute for Mental Health, suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States, with over 45,000 people in 2020. It’s the second leading cause of death among individuals between  …
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Walk Out What You Can’t Talk Out: The Value of Ritual Action

In his book, Do Funerals Matter, author and widely regarded authority on the role of social support in death, dying, and grief William G. Hoy makes a strong case for the value of rituals in  …
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