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11 Tips for Grieving in a Healthy Way

My mother died in April 2009. To some extent, a part of me will always grieve the loss of her. Our culture looks at grief and associates it with “being weak”. If you are still grieving someone, you are looked at as frail for not moving on already.

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The Grieving Pin

There was a time, not that long ago, when grieving was something public. People wore black arm- bands—or dressed entirely in black—to signify that they had lost someone close to them. Those around them knew, and understood. No words were needed.

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10 Ways to Keep the Memory of Your Loved One Alive

After the loss of my dad, I remember thinking to myself how I might start to lose his memory; how one day I might no longer be able to remember his voice, or what he smelled like.

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Universal Grief

Light and dark, impossible to have joy without sorrow, rich without poor, beauty without ugliness….this is a Balinese saying.

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11 Things I learned After Losing a Parent

When I was younger, I used to always think that time moved so slowly. I remember feeling like Christmas would NEVER come around, or that one whole year of school seemed like a lifetime.

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10 Things To Say Instead Of “I’m Sorry For Your Loss.”

When my parents passed away, people were so quick to say “I am sorry for your loss.” Even though this phrase is a wonderful gesture, it starts to feel like empty words after hearing it so many times.

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Embracing My Grief

There is a common misconception about grief…it’s that it eventually ends. My husband passed away at on January 19, 2018 unexpectedly of a sudden heart attack at the age of 51.

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14 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Losing A Loved One

Husband and Wife who both passed away are holding each other. Losing a loved one is never easy. These tips can help you in the grieving process.

Losing someone can be one of the hardest things you will go through in your lifetime. For me, I have always been extremely independent, and have never wanted to take help from others.

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Passion, Love and Faith

Tim believes telling stories of his son is the best way for his legacy to be preserved for generations.

When Tim Hickie’s son, Dustin, was battling cancer, he asked his parents about getting a tattoo. Dustin was only 15 when he was diagnosed with Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumor (DSRCT).

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Memories On A Chain

Photo of Barnswallow Design, a company who makes memorial products to preserve legacies for generations to come.

When Swani Landry began making jewelry for herself people commented on the unique pieces she wore, and asked her if she’d make something similar for them. Barnswallow Design was born.

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Finding Meaning In Loss

Photo of Andrew Dunn's walk/run where people come together to find meaning in loss. Love leaves a memory. Celebrate lives well lived.

Judy Dunn knew of her son Andrew’s battle with depression from the time he was 15 years old. Unfortunately, knowing about it and doing all she could to help him wasn’t enough to prevent him from taking his own life at age 23.

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Healing One Stitch At A Time

Coming together to work on an art project that will memorialize our loved ones for generations to come. Celebrate lives well lived.

In the past, a quilting bee was a way for members of a community to come together to finish in hours what would otherwise take weeks. It was also a social occasion, a chance to catch up with one another and share stories as they stitched.

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Preserving Their Legacy

Lisa believes that caring about someone means that you will preserve their legacy. Celebrate lives well lived.

Lisa Maslyk says one of the things that she wishes she would have been able to talk to her mom, Dora, about was how she really felt knowing she had cancer.“I look back on all the time and think, ‘We never really talked about it.’ It was her way to brush it under the rug. She […]

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