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Dealing with Grief and Fears

Grief is a part of life. This doesn't make it easy to deal with. Maybe you have a fear of dying. Perhaps you're dealing with the loss of a loved one. You are not alone. We're here to help.

2 weeks ago

How to Write Condolence Notes: 8 Tips That Might Come in Handy

I recently poured out my heart to a colleague about my guilt at two condolence notes left unwritten. One note was intended for a colleague whose sister had died, though I’d heard about the death long after the funeral had taken place…

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1 month ago

Grief and Loss in Later Life – Insights from a Life Coach and Former Funeral Director

Loss is an inevitable part of the human experience, and as we age, the frequency of bidding farewell to loved ones increases. As a life coach who has walked the path of grief and loss, having spent years as a funeral director, I understand the complexities…

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1 month ago

How to Best Support a Widow Without Making Empty Promises

In my conversations with women who were widowed suddenly, I sometimes ask, “What do you wish you had known?” One of the most common answers is, “That the people who said they would be there for me would, in fact, not be there for me…

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2 months ago

The Loss of Friends Is Inevitable but It Hurts No Less

I like being old. At nearly 80, I think I am allowed to say so. Indeed, I like being old so much that I wrote a book about it. But that doesn’t mean that everything about being old is wonderful. Far from it. And one of the things I like least is the loss of friends…

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2 months ago

3 Steps to Overcoming Anxiety

About 12 years ago, I was smack dab in the middle of an emotional nightmare. My family was going through a difficult time. I was filled with anxiety. I had difficulty sleeping and I couldn’t eat. I could not calm my mind down or relax…

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2 months ago

One Woman’s Observations on Grief

Everyone’s grief journey is their personal experience. There is no playbook you can buy or use to advise. Others’ tales help to verify our sanity. Others’ journeys help us grow our capacity for compassion for our compatriots in grief and for ourselves…

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2 months ago

How to Celebrate the Holidays When You’re Grieving (VIDEO)

The Christmas displays go up, holiday music fills the air. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go. Except at your house. Because when you’re grieving, the holidays can hurt. The first year I was widowed, no one got anything from me…

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3 months ago

Feeling Anxious About the Holidays?

For those of us prone to feeling anxious, the holidays double or even triple the worry. Anxiety escalates as we anticipate weeks of hurried preparation and activity. It becomes overwhelming. It’s just way too much! Does This Sound Like You? Stressed and overwhelmed… Inadequate for handling daily life, especially now… Troubled about most everything… Distracted […]

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3 months ago

The Beginning of the End of Grief

After my husband died, I moved into a condo to pursue my new life. I recently threw a housewarming party to which 50 people from different parts of my acquaintance came. I hugged each one, offered a drink, and ran off to welcome the next one…

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3 months ago

10 Ways to Help a Friend Who Is a New Widow

Whether it comes unexpectedly or after a long illness, losing a spouse is traumatic at best. At worst it can be debilitating. I know because, at age 35, I became a widow myself. While many people want to help, it can be difficult to know how…

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