Seniors and Grief

By: Britt Cowart, LCSW There are approximately 47 plus million Senior Citizens in the US (65 and older) and this population is doubling. The average age expectancy is 78+ years and rising. With a growing aging population, it’s typical and expected that Seniors are experiencing increased loss and associated grief. The pain of grief is not lessened…

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Ask, Listen, & Learn

By: Jason Owen, Full Circle Board of Directors There are a handful of topics no one wants to discuss. In not talking about them, our minds are tricked into believing they could never happen. But these things do happen, and the collateral damage lives deep in the hearts of those left behind. They are like a secret club…

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Young Adult Grief

By: Kristen Emerson, LCSW Grief is unique for each person, but sometimes themes emerge for different types of loss. Read below for information specifically for young adults after a loved one’s death. Themes that are relevant for grieving young adults: Bittersweet milestones. Young adults experience significant life events in rapid succession compared to other life stages.  While peers…

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Yoga During Grief: 3 Helpful Activities Anyone Can Do Now

By: Deirdre Turner, CYT When my sister’s life was taken by homicide, I found myself in an anguished state of grief and shock; solid ground had been removed from underneath my feet and I was falling, endlessly it seemed, into a dark chasm from which there seemed to be no escape. I attended my first yoga…

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I Write Letters to the Dead and I Wear Their Clothes

By: Shannon O’Neill In the last year and a half, I have lost two of the most important people in my life — my husband and my mother.  Not long after my husband Daryl died in October 2020, I started an open letter to him. It’s titled “Happy Anniversary,” because I started it on our…

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Faith in Times of Grief and Loss

By: Rev. Stephen Coleman One hot summer afternoon, my dad and I were riding in the car together, heading home just after playing a round of golf. Somehow, the subject of the death of his mother arose in the conversation. My grandmother died of cancer at age 62, when she was still a vibrant and engaged person, a…

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Grandparent Grief

By: Margo Asay, Full Circle Supporter I’m a fixer – I think all moms are. No matter how old your child is, moms feel the need to fix – to make it better.  But sometimes that’s not possible. The feeling of helplessness to change the situation is a crushing blow.  To witness your son or daughter mourn the loss…

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Passed but Present

By: Kali Newlen-Burden, Guest Blogger and Full Circle Volunteer/Supporter Twenty-two years, one month, and 20 days. That’s how long I was blessed with my mom’s presence. I wish I had more time, but it was more than enough to collect a lifetime’s worth of love and memories. I treasure a voice recording from my 22nd birthday…

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