Support for Grief & Loss

Inviting You to a Remembrance Gathering, by phone, 11/1/2015

October 28, 2015

  I am hosting another Remembrance Gathering by telephone. Would you like to honor one or more loved ones who are in spirit? You are welcome to join me this Sunday, November 1st, 2015, for one hour. (Please see time, below. In some places, it will be early Monday morning.) In 1996 through 2008, I referred […]

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A Mother’s Gifts to Her Daughter, Still Giving 70+ Years Later

November 21, 2014

  This is a story about a mother’s love for her daughter, and about gifts of celebration and compassion given through creative expression. It is also about a daughter still cherishing these gifts, still cherishing the mother who gave them, more than seventy years later. The first gift was a poem the mother wrote to mark […]

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Remembering & Honoring Lost Loved Ones

October 31, 2014

In some cultures and spiritual traditions, there are annual events to recognize and reminisce about loved ones who have passed from this life, whether their departures from physical form were recent or long ago. You might be familiar with the observances of All Souls Day or the Day of the Dead practices from Mexico. This seems […]

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Grief Can Happen (Even) When Someone Not So Close Dies

September 25, 2014

  At times there can be a reaction of sudden and deep sadness to learning of the death of someone you never met or knew long ago or met briefly.   This can occur, also, when a well liked public figure dies, such as an entertainer or a beloved leader. A few of many public figures I and multitudes of […]

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Personal Stories to Ease Your Grief

August 22, 2014

Each experience of grieving is unique. There is no one-size-fits-all version of how we are affected by grief nor of what steps to take to heal as best we can from losing someone through death. Pondering these thoughts a couple years ago led me to issue an invitation for writers to share their personal stories […]

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Help for Depression + Actions in Memory of Robin Williams

August 16, 2014

Obviously, there are many discussions and writings and reminiscences in recent days about Robin Williams. Most of us never met him, yet we are profoundly saddened by his death, by a world where he is no longer physically present. We feel loss, maybe even lost. The generous and talented man who brought light to our lives through […]

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Self-Compassion: Combining Compassion & Relaxation

July 24, 2014

You are invited to experience a simple relaxation exercise combining compassion, gratitude, and body awareness. I call it a Body Gratitude Relaxation. Whether much of your current stress stems from everyday life or if there are extra circumstances weighing heavily, such as loss or illness or a difficult family situation, I feel it is important […]

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Widows: Story-Sharing-by-Heart, a Support Circle via Telephone

July 10, 2014

How did the Story Sharing by Heart tele-circles begin? Several years ago, I had an idea to write a book of moments I’d lived during my husband’s illness, the weeks approaching his death, and the first eighteen months of widowhood. As I wrote and brought some of the stories to people, I noticed leaps in my own […]

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Loss – How to Live Through Intense Grief

May 29, 2014

Loss has been a prevalent theme intersecting with my life over the past six weeks. In this time, there have been four deaths of people whose lives have touched me warmly: my sweetheart’s precious mother; a beloved cousin; a compassionate former colleague; and, a man whose contagious smile I first remember when we were both […]

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Remembrance Gathering: Memorial Service for My Mother

April 10, 2014

Recently, I had a precious experience of attending a group telephone call a friend hosted to talk about ideas for her own memorial service. She shared her thoughts and welcomed input from her guests. I held the sweetness of the conversation in my heart during the hours and days following the call. Memories surfaced from the time […]

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