Finding Meaning From Grief

By Allyson England Drake, M.Ed, CT David Kessler is a bereavement expert who discusses finding meaning after the death of a loved one. I want to share some of his thoughts around the definition of meaning.  Meaning is relative and personal, only you can find your own meaning. Meaning takes time. You may not find it…

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Grieving the Loss of a Sibling

By Britt Cowart, Grief Services Director It’s estimated that 80% of individuals in the US grow up with siblings. Siblings are your life partners in the truest sense of the words, and though you may be opposites, there is a perception that you are still more alike than unalike. You have a shared history and deep…

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We Need to Know You Remember Them

By: Allyson England Drake, M.Ed, CT I often am asked, by caring friends and family members, about the best ways to support an individual who is grieving the death of a loved one. I have a variety of practical answers, of course — like start a meal train, write them a handwritten note with your…

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Tips for Coping with Grief at the Holidays

Tip One: For anyone dealing with the death of a loved one, the holidays can be a time of sadness, dread, or pain. It can be difficult to cope, especially when you see the sights and sounds of holiday happiness all around you. One of the best things you can do is give yourself permission to…

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Grief and Remembrance During Thanksgiving

By Wendy Boggs, MS/G, Intern Thanksgiving often conjures up memories of roasting turkey, family gathered around the TV watching parades and football games, long naps after eating that last second helping, and family outings to take advantage of “Black Friday” deals of the year.   However, for those who are grieving, the memories may not be…

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Honoring a Baby that has Died

By Carrie Schaeffer, Perinatal Bereavement Services Manager After a pregnancy or infant loss, many parents wrestle with finding ways to honor their baby and keep his or her memory alive. The desire to maintain a connection to the baby is a normal and healthy part of grieving. But, this process looks different for everyone and takes time.   For…

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Dia de los Muertos

By Allyson England Drake, M.Ed, CT Dia de los Muertos, also known as “Day of the Dead” is a holiday that is celebrated all over the world on November 1st and 2nd each year. This Mexican holiday is full of traditions and ways to honor our deceased loved ones. Dia de los Muertos celebrates both…

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Loss in Later Life

By Wendy Boggs, MS-G, Counseling Intern To play on a common turn of phrase, when you’ve seen one older adult, you’ve seen ONE older adult. This is important to remember when considering America’s elders, as the older adult population is also the most heterogeneous. So, what’s this mean?  It means we have to work to remember older people…

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