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Women Talking

Women Talking won the Oscar for Best Adaptive Screenplay. While there is not a person’s death at the center of this compelling drama, the losses and the trauma of the women are legion. This powerful  …
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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature yesterday evening. Its movie-making is astonishing, and I was totally captivated by the featurette after the movie on how they made this movie. The  …
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Elvis: Losing a Legend

There have been several events in our generation that have been so culturally significant, that most people who were alive at the time can remember where they were when these events occurred. Events such as  …
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Sackcloth and Ashes: Uniting our Grief

In the ancient world, a symbol of mourning was the wearing of coarse clothes, often referred to as sackcloth and one would rub ashes on themselves or sit in them. It’s where we get the  …
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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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