At time of loss, people can be too grief-ridden to ask for help.  Friends want to help the bereaved, but rarely know how.  Below is an excerpt from Safe Passage, which beautifully shows what those facing grief need from the people around them: “I’ll cry with you,” she whispered “until we run out of tears. […]

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Consider Gratitude as You Journey through Grief When you are faced with loss, it can be difficult to feel a sense of gratitude in your life, yet gratitude can lift your spirits and open the pathway for good things that are yet to come. Think of all the things in your life for which you […]

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The first anniversary of loss is one of the most difficult “firsts” the bereaved may go through. Below are three ideas to consider as the date approaches. 1. On the anniversary of loss, it may be a time to take stock, to see how far you have come or may need to go to continue […]

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Be Compassionate – 6 Guidelines for Helping a Grieving Friend Give your friend permission to express his or her feelings without fear of criticism.  Let your friend feel safe with you. Learn from your friend; don’t instruct or set expectations about how he or she should respond.  Be open to what happens. Think about your […]

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