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Writing About Grief to Cope with Life as an Adult Orphan

Until recently, I did not fully understand what it meant when I heard an adult refer to themselves as an orphan, but sadly, I do now.  It’s impossible to prepare for losing one’s parents, and I am forever changed after

12 Ways to Manage Grief During the Holidays

After losing a loved one, many people approach the holiday season with anxiety and dread. Although it is normal to have these feelings during such a difficult time, most people can reduce some of the stress by planning ahead and

5 Ways to Help Grieving Teens

The teen years can be difficult for anyone.  Academic pressure, peer pressure, uncertainty about the future, self-identity and expression issues, and sexuality concerns are all part of teen’s everyday life.   When a teen experiences the death of someone close

Reassurances: Signs From Departed Loved Ones Ease Grief

Editor’s note: In April 2016, Karen Wakefield’s partner of 19 years—Chuck—died of end-stage kidney disease after having received hospice services at home from Care Dimensions for three months. With Care Dimensions’ help, Chuck was able to stay at home until

There Are No Words: Grief Support Tips

When someone you love dies, it’s not uncommon for others to search for the right words to console you. Though meant in a good way, many comments such as “they are in a better place now,” or “everything will be

37, Gay, and a Widower

I am a 37-year-old gay widower living in Boston’s South End.  I never thought I would string those three words together.  I didn’t really even know what “gay” was for most of my high school and college years. I certainly

Yoga for Living with Loss

In 2015, my best friend of 40 years, confidant, and soul sister, Kaiya, passed away from brain cancer. I was by her side and devastated by her death. Only three months later, my sister, Susie, succumbed to lung cancer. How

Son, Mom Pay it Forward at Grief Camp

Editor’s Note: Each summer Care Dimensions organizes Camp Stepping Stones, a family retreat for children and adults who have experienced the death of someone close to them. The one-day camp offers children traditional camp experiences with hands-on activities to help

Breathing Prayer: A Father’s Day Remembrance

As a young girl I would say the Shema every night and ask God to bless each family member. When I was 10 years old and my grandfather was sick, I prayed to God to make him better. These were

Grieving Together Helps Us Heal

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   It is difficult to make a statement that fully captures the range of

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