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We're here to see one another through
We're here to see one another through

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We are all alone at times. But being alone after the death of a loved one is different. There is knowledge that you will not enjoy time with your loved one again. There are ways to deal with this aloneness, as we discuss here: http://hopegroups.org/aloneness-loneliness-and-grief/
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Loss! We have all experienced losing a loved one but losing a parent is a unique loss and one that is often discounted. Anyone who has had a parent die knows that feeling of profound sadness, the feeling of being overwhelmed, the thoughts of, “Oh No! What now?” For some insights about what comes next, see http://hopegroups.org/my-parent-has-died-what-now/
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Although men and women both feel pain and grieve when they suffer a loss, the way they deal with grief is where the differences in their grieving become apparent. The differences we see in “his” and “her” grief responses are due to our different styles of coping with pain and loss. For insight about the process, click here: http://hopegroups.org/a-different-grief-a-mans-grief/

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When one of our parents dies, it often seems like the natural course of events. And it is. But that does not mean we are somehow immune from grief. Here are 10 Steps To Grieving The Death Of A Parent. http://alexandrakennedy.com/ten-steps.html
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The major holidays are tough when you're grieving, but even Valentine's Day can call up strong emotions. Mark Liebenow shares his thoughts about his first Valentine's Day without his wife. http://modernloss.com/day-lovers-without-mine/
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Have you ever thought about writing a letter to a loved one who has died? Wendy Epstein did exactly that, and it is quite moving. http://www.aftertalk.com/blog/deceased-husband-let-tell-children/

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If you've been grieving for a while, you may have a very natural question: How do I know if I'm healing? Here is some guidance. 

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Male grief is a complicated subject. Do you recognize the complexity in the following: "When Evelyn was alive, I worked constantly to pay the bills, aiming to relax when we had several months of money saved up. I should have done fewer things and spent more time with her because now she is gone and I can’t get her back. I thought we had forty more years. I should have set more time aside just to relax with Evelyn and talk about everything. Yet paying the bills was a reality that had to be faced, and working second jobs helped keep us afloat." This is from a blog written by a man whose wife died. You may want to read more: http://widowersgrief.blogspot.com/

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Some words from a poem: "Where there was something and suddenly isn’t, an absence shouts, celebrates, leaves a space. 
I begin again with the smallest numbers." So many beautiful words exist to ease the pain and grief. You may explore RefugeInGrief.com for more comforting thoughts that reflect our connectedness.
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New Year's resolutions are a wonderful tradition. Here's an idea that can actually help with the grieving process: Resolve to exercise more. See the full story here: http://hopegroups.org/walking-through-grief/
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