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YOUTUBE CHANNEL

  Check out my YOUTUBE channel for helpful videos on various topics.  You can get ideas of topics I could speak to your group on at your next...

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Supporting A Grieving Parent

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Supporting A Grieving Parent

Five Practical Ways to Support a Grieving Parent by Melanie It’s oh, so hard to know what to do when you are watching a heart break. You want to reach out and make it better, make the pain go away, make a difference.  But it seems like nothing you can do will matter much in the face of such a huge loss. While it’s true that you cannot “fix”  the brokenness in a bereaved parent’s life, there are some very important and practical ways you can support them in their grief-especially as the weeks turn into months and then to years. Here are five practical ways to support grieving parents: Remember anniversaries and birthdays.  Take note of the date our child left this life, his...

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After the Funeral

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After the Funeral

The Grieving Need You Most After the Funeral January 5, 2017 / John Pavlovitz My father died suddenly while on vacation three years ago. The event rattled the bedrock of my life in ways that are difficult to describe, and taught me lessons I couldn’t have learned any other way. One of the truths I discovered, is that when you lose someone you love—people show up. Almost immediately they surround you with social media condolences and texts and visits and meals and flowers. They come with good hearts, with genuine compassion, and they truly want to support you in those moments. The problem, is that you’re neither prepared nor particularly helped by the volume then. The early days of grief are a hazy, dizzying, moment by moment response to...

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What It Feels Like to Lose You

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What It Feels Like to Lose You

  By Casey LeVasseur Loss doesn’t just fade. It doesn’t vanish. It doesn’t leave us. It sits beside us, day after day, year after year. Often a different color or shade, but still there. Still present. Sometimes it shouts so loud it’s all you can hear, and other times it’s a steady hum in the background. A vibration, constant and tugging at your skin. A weight, heavy on your chest. You try to take a breath, but it’s never as deep as you need it to be. I’ve tried to ease back into my life, but it seems every time the phone rings my body jolts. Who is it? What’s wrong? Is everything OK? That’s part of the anxiety that sometimes comes with tragedy. Loss isn’t...

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Till Death Does Us Part

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Till Death Does Us Part

“Till death does us part…” I repeated. Those words seemed to echo throughout the huge college chapel following my promise and then my bride’s commitment. The witnesses, family and friends, of our wedding stood by smiling. Our parents sat with proud looks on their faces. In all honestly, however, I only viewed those words as a symbol of commitment. I did not really think I would experience that part of those important words, let alone do it twice. Ruth and I had never been happier than we were that delightful day in July. Our wedding crowned three years of getting acquainted through writing letters and occasional long distance phone calls. Looking back this strengthened our relationship because it forced both of us to express...

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No sabía qué decir

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Hacer una diferencia en su mundo por ser un mejor amigo   El duelo por cierto es un tema difícil de enfrentar. Para la mayoría de nosotros no atrae nuestra atención como un tema de que, naturalmente, queremos ser un experto. Sin embargo, manejar la pérdida es una parte natural de la vida. Porque usted ha leído este libro, está por delante de muchos de sus colegas y familiares en su habilidad de manejar el duelo. Saber qué decir o no decir, viene a menudo a través de una mejor comprensión del proceso de duelo. Tal comprensión no siempre tiene que ser obtenida a través de la experiencia personal. Podemos beneficiarnos de la experiencia de otros dispuestos a ser honestos acerca de sus sentimientos...

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Tips for Helping the Mourner

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When Death Happens: Tips for Helping The Mourner Source Above all, show your love. Show up. Say something. Do something. Be willing to stand beside the gaping hole that has opened in your friend’s life, without flinching or turning away. Be willing to not have any answers. Listen. Be there. Be present. Be a friend. Be love. Love is the thing that lasts.  ~ Megan Devine If this is your first encounter with someone in mourning, you are wise to do some reading about the grief experience, and to let go of some of the harmful myths you may have heard about grief and healing. Don’t assume that the person who seems to be experiencing little pain or sorrow is “doing well” with grief....

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Christmas Grief

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Advice for grievers on Christmas Day

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Preparing Your Marriage for Death

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Preparing Your Marriage for Death

grief WHEN DEATH DOES US PART “Till death do us part…” I repeated. Those words seemed to echo throughout the huge college chapel following my promise and then my bride’s commitment. The witnesses, family and friends, of our wedding stood by smiling. Our parents sat with proud looks on their faces. In all honestly, however, I only viewed those words as a symbol of commitment. I did not really think I would experience that part of those important words, let alone do it twice. Ruth and I had never been happier than we were that delightful day in July. Our wedding crowned three years of getting acquainted through writing letters and occasional long distance phone calls. Looking back, this strengthened our relationship because it...

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Loss Is Everyone’s Business

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Loss Is Everyone’s Business

Adults are amused at the childish horror of a toddler losing their blanket. Parents smile when they anticipate that the two-year-old is not going to like giving up being the baby of the family when the new baby arrives. Yet Adjusting to loss is a fact of life. Beginning with the loss of the safe, warm environment of the womb until the news that one will soon lose their physical life, our journey contains various levels and degrees of loss. Nobody really wants to experience loss, pain, heartache, disappointment, grief or mourning. The truth, however, emerges that they are all a part of human existence. These things will happen to all of us at some point. The bigger question concerning loss that we all...

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