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Moving Through Grief After the Loss of Your Mother

Our mothers are our first protectors, our first playmates and our first support system. Even for people whose relationship with their mom isn’t ideal, the grief after losing your mother can be debilitating, often surprisingly so. Every death means an irreplaceable loss, but when your mother dies you lose not just a special individual, but…

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The Coming of Spring

As the days start to get longer and warmer and the first flowers of the season bloom, it’s clear that spring isn’t far away. Spring has always been a time to celebrate rebirth. Indeed, for many animals it is the time when new babies arrive—lambs, chicks and calves are generally born (or hatched) in spring,…

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Grief and the 16th President

When you think about Abraham Lincoln, grief is probably not the first thing you think about. But the 16th President, whose birthday is celebrated this month, was touched by loss and grief throughout his life. Lincoln’s first lost happened when he was a young child. His younger brother, Thomas, died in infancy, when Lincoln was…

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New Year, New Beginnings

The end of one year and the start of a new one is a time when everyone in our culture is invited to think about who they want to be and how they want to experience the world in the future. For people who have experienced a loss, the new year and the new beginnings…

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Building New Holiday Traditions After a Death in the Family

The holidays are a particularly difficult time of year for most people who’ve experienced a relatively recent death in the family. It’s supposed to be a time of celebration and a time to spend with family, repeating traditions that might go back to your own childhood. But if a family member has died, you might…

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Life, Loss, and Grief

Grief is a normal response to loss. The more significant the loss is, the more intense the grief can be. Grief is most commonly associated with the death of a loved one, although any loss can cause grief, including: relationship breakup, decline in health, chronic illness, termination of employment, financial instability, a miscarriage, death of…

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