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Recent Articles

I Am Angry!

02/11/2016

One afternoon, I pushed the button to replay my phone messages and was shocked to hear a young angry voice say, “Shame on you! How can you call yourself a Christian woman and do what you are doing! You should be ashamed at yourself.” I wondered what I had been doing that earned these angry, slanderous words. As he proceeded, I found out. He said, “You talked my mom into getting a divorce. How could you? I’m not going to allow you to put my dad down! I won’t stand for it.”

A Promise to Those Who Grieve

02/13/2016

In 1972 Joe Biden was elected to the Senate and a week later his wife and daughter were killed in a car crash.  In a 2012 speech, Joe Biden talked about the constant weight of grief.  He says, “Just when you think, ‘Maybe I’m going to make it,’ you’re riding down the road and you […]

Why Does Grief Matter?

02/12/2016

We have all known loss.  The grief we’ve felt in the midst of our pain has perhaps seemed overwhelming. The most severe grief I have known, lasted for about two years. During that time, I struggled with depression, guilt, anger, resentment and even physical distress. I remember feeling so validated when I learned those feelings were […]

Barb’s Story

07/30/2014

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: