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The Orphaned Adult
Bereavement

The Orphaned Adult

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With the death of my mom, I lost my last parent. Being 32 and parentless is a punch to the gut, one that knocks you to the ground and leaves you bloodied to face the world ahead. It makes you face yourself in ways you weren’t prepared for; it forces you to look in the mirror and see who you are, maybe even for the first time.

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Fathers who lost their wives
Bereavement

The Group

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This post originally appeared on February 14, 2018. We're reposting now in honor of all the fathers who have made a similar journey. None of us wanted to go.  It was approximately six months after our wives had died, and we were all still stunned.  We were ripe with grief; shocked; stunned with the mess...
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Bereavement

Paying Homage to My Dad on Father’s Day

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I was 10 when Dances with Wolves came out. I thought it was a beautiful film, but all my family took from it was the humor in nicknaming people after their traits. My father called me "Talks-A-Lot" until I asked him to stop as a 12th birthday present. He wasn’t a coddler. Anything that could be...
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Who I Am Now
Bereavement

Let Me Tell You Who I Am Now

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I am still a person like you, with a life like yours, yet not.  I am still a mother like you, yet not at all like you, all at the same time.  I wish there was some way you could understand me, without becoming who I am now. You see, there’s a pain I carry,...
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Bereavement

Managing Sleep While Grieving

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Losing a loved one can take a large toll on your emotional well-being. It’s very common to experience many challenges going through daily life activities while you’re in a period of bereavement. While some of the challenges you face may be expected and something you can prepare for, there are others which may not be...
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Bereavement

Reuse, Repair, Reimagine, Reclaim

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While on a recent vacation, I walked past a thrift store with the words, “Reuse, Repair, Reimagine, Reclaim It!” emblazoned across the outer walls of the building. I was so struck by these words I paused to take a photo. Although the thrift store’s slogan likely referred to material goods, my grief counselor brain saw...
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Bereavement

Grandma

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A few months ago, my spouse and I sat around a table with my entire family and announced a new member soon to arrive. The energy in the room was palpable: hugs, congratulations, and laughter. I felt so much excitement in sharing this news with my family, yet my mind wandered to the person not...
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