I love you, terrible person

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A few days ago I was told that a family friend had passed away. This family friend was someone that I appreciated in my life when I was young but I had not seen her for years. I had assumed that she was living her life, only to discover that she had been in a nursing home these past few years. No one told me.

I felt like a terrible person for not knowing that she was in a ...

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Responding to tragedy, trauma & loss

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With the horrific tragedy that occurred in Paris, I didn’t feel right posting my regular blog. I imagined how I would feel if my loved one had experienced this tragedy and my heart is consumed with pain and sadness when I think about the pain that people are going through. Of course, this is not even comparable to those who are experiencing real loss. I wanted to provide some helpful guidance, but with a real depth of empathy and sensitivity. ...

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On reflection: What I learned in a year since my beloved dog passed away

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It has been one year and I wanted to share with you what I learned in a year since my beloved dog passed away. I had such a powerful, instant bond with Maya from the first day that we laid eyes on one another. You can read about it in my blog post that I wrote when she passed away.

I was immobilized for the first couple weeks. My husband wanted another puppy as soon as possible. I thought ...

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Understanding how we experience loss and grief in different ways

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All of us have experienced loss in one form or another. I have been surrounded by loss of late. I want to talk about different experiences of loss because we don’t always recognize and understand it as loss and grief when we are going through it. Let me explain.

A little 11-year-old girl was hit and killed outside my office. This is tragic beyond words. This is an obvious, abrupt horrific loss for the family. And the man who hit her ...

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Robin Williams….can’ t stop thinking about him

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David Letterman said, “Beyond being a good friend, I had no idea that the man was in pain, that the man was suffering”. He was referring to the death of Robin Williams. Those words have haunted me from the moment I heard them. I have no idea if they were truly good friends or if the words “good friend” were used loosely by David Letterman. And I’m really not completely clear why those words bothered me except to say that ...

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