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Barb’s Story


Grief is a normal and natural process by which a person makes a healthy adjustment to any significant loss in his or her life. Any significant loss (the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a broken marriage, deterioration of health, a shattered dream) triggers the process. Most people experience some or all of the below emotional responses when they lose anything or anyone important in their lives. But first, read Barb’s story:

Share a memory on the anniversary date of a loved one’s death


Since survivors appreciate remembering  the “good times” of their loved one, share your memories in a note.  Far more cherished than preprinted sympathy cards are handwritten notes that begin, “I’ll never forget the time that. . .” or, “Let me tell you why _______ meant so much to me,” or “Your father was . . […]

How do I help my sister who’s son was killed 4 years ago?


Dear Karen:

My sister’s son was involved in a gang and was killed 4 years ago. She has not moved forward in her life and is still so crushed by this tragedy. She nor he is/was a believer so it is hard for me to give her comfort. I just let her know I love her but as far as heaven there is no hope. What can I share with her to help her to move forward and try to maybe use this to help others.

How can I help my child/grandchild grieve the death of her/his pet?


On Sunday, my granddaughter, Anna, was walking her dog on a country road and a truck hit her pet, Inky. Inky died.

Immediately when I heard the news, I wrote her a text saying how sorry I was that her special “Inky” had died. But, I wanted to do more. I prayed for God to show me how else I might care for Anna in her grief.

What do you say when a trauma involves children?


What do you say when a trauma involves children?   We often have no idea what to say in the face of senseless loss. That is especially true when children are the victims of tragedy.  The shooting in Newtown, Connecticut was and is heartbreaking in so many ways, not the least of which is the staggering loss […]