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Patch of … Love!

Guest post by Ari. A patch of … Love! After my boy died we had a tree planted at our local little league baseball field. He spent many summer days there playing baseball or just watching, and later, when he got older, many evenings playing in a softball league. The...

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Am I Filtering Words Properly?

I love words! I truly adore language and what we can express using our words, whether written or spoken. Now, English is the only language I speak and read, so one might think that there is little room for misunderstanding... well, I continue to learn how much wiggle...

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It’s ok not to be ok

Guest post by Ari - It's ok to not be ok... After losing a beloved someone we struggle with moving away from the sadness. Our family and friends are supportive and kind in the beginning, and then they reach a point where they want us to be ok, to enter back into life,...

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What is Grief?

So often lately, I've been hearing people say that they were surprised when they realized that the emotions they are experiencing lately are all signs of grieving. They are experiencing grief. Very simply put, grief is the feeling we experience when we have a loss....

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Peaceful Moments

This post begins the third series in Way for Hope's collection (see the first two on our series page). I can't think of a better time to look for peaceful moments than right now. The world around us is changing due to the new strain of Coronavirus that is spreading,...

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A Gift I Received

I received a beautiful gift the other day. In the photo above, you can see what it is ... a boxed set of "44 delightfully detailed cards to color and share God's love, peace, and joy." Some of you may have seen or used the coloring books for adults with intricate and...

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Listen with Your Heart

What if we simply didn't know how to support someone? Two women, close friends who love one another. Sally had a miscarriage. The baby she already loved deeply was never to be born. She had died. Her friend Joan did her best to support Sally. Imperfect to be sure, but...

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Helping Yourself and Others

Use a notebook or journal to answer the following. 1.  What are some of the healing resources you have right now? 2.  What tools and which people in your life are most likely to help you heal and/or reach out to help others? 3.  List your strengths and weaknesses in...

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Finding serenity…

A guest post by Ari Finding serenity... I walk every day, rain or shine, snowy days and bright warm days. It feels good to breathe, to look up at the sky, down at the grass, to feel mother nature. During these “stay at home” days we cannot interact with other people,...

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Grief Support Conversation

In this time of Covid-19, many are feeling very much alone. Please know, my heart goes out to you. I want to remind you, and I hope that you are able to take this message to heart - you are not alone. Tuesday, April 7th I am hosting a conversation for those who are...

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Grief Support Conversation

If you have a grieving heart, join me and others for support. This group will meet via Zoom. So yes, we can see and hear one another safely. Wednesday, April 1, 2020. 6 - 7:30 pm. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/392429421 Meeting ID: 392 429 421...

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Why Are We Afraid of Grief?

originally published in Psych Central's World of Psychology blog (February 5, 2020) https://psychcentral.com/blog/why-are-we-afraid-of-grief/ After receiving news of a death, no matter our emotional state, most of us think to do at least some of these things: call...

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Lists, All Sorts of Lists!

Lists. Grocery lists. Hardware store lists. Lists of places I want to visit, people I want to call. Chores that I want to do and another of the things that I feel like I need to do. Lists for my personal life, as well as professional. Yep, I'm a huge fan of lists!...

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Find Your Peace

Today is a good day to find your peace. It doesn't matter if it is only a moment; that is how healing works. Peace grows as you seek it. Not steadily, but surely. Holidays were very painful for me for a long time, but then as I thought about my husband, I began to...

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Changes

This can be an unsettled time for those who are grieving and perhaps for everyone. The wind is blowing here. It's March. The seasons are changing. The time is even changed in the United States. All of us have probably heard about the new strain of Coronavirus that is...

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The Mourner’s Bill of Rights

A gentleman shared this with all of us at the monthly Grief Conversation and Support Group which I facilitate. As you read through these words, I encourage you to feel them out, what feels right for you? Take that which does and share it with others, especially your...

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Cups of Hope series – Echoes

Is it possible to understand another person's loss? Loss is one of those words with many definitions, perhaps as many as there are endings. While there are many ways to share compassion and to commiserate with or relate to other survivors, can we really "walk a mile...

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Memories

Today I was sitting in my chair, doing not much at all. Simply reminiscing I guess. I found myself looking at a few pictures that are placed around the room. A picture of my amazing husband and me, another shows my three sons as young men on the day the eldest got...

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