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creating “new normal”

creating “new normal” | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it

When your child dies, you never get "back to normal." Instead, you have a choice: live a life focused on your grief, or create a "new normal."

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In Memory of my deeply loved son, Graham Louis de Wit : websites and blogs about grief and loss of a child;       Ave, Graham, sed non vale.
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We miss you, Graham.

We miss you, Graham. | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it

We love you and miss you more every day.

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This is what Graham's sister posted on Instagram on Graham's birthday, January 24th:

 

On January 24, 1989 I became a big sister. On May 22, 2012 my only brother was ripped away from me. But just because Graham died does not mean I am no longer his sister, or that I am an only child. People think talking to a bereaved family member about their loved one is too painful. This is not the case; in fact, we want the opposite. We want you to speak their names, share your memories, and let us know they will never be forgotten. More damage is done with silence. Thank you to all who let us know that you love and remember Graham.

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Brightest Star - A Mother's Grief

Brightest Star - A Mother's Grief | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it

Nobody knows what tomorrow might bring and sadly tomorrow is never guaranteed for any of us.

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A Son Lost In '3 1/2 Minutes' — And A Tragic Anniversary For His Parents

A Son Lost In '3 1/2 Minutes' — And A Tragic Anniversary For His Parents | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it

On Monday night, HBO will air the documentary "3 & 1/2; Minutes, 10 Bullets," about the murder of Jordan Davis in Jacksonville, Fla., at the hands of Michael Dunn, who objected to the volume of the music Davis was listening to. 

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Article in The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/nov/23/jordan-davis-parents-justice-reform-fight-hbo-film

 

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Grateful and Grieving

There are some who believe that positive thinking and gratitude are the answer to most of life’s ailments. And perhaps it is the answer for most of them. But is it possible to be both grateful and grieving?

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Nohemi Gonzalez: A Bright Light Killed By ISIS

Nohemi Gonzalez: A Bright Light Killed By ISIS | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it
Nohemi Gonzalez, who was killed in the attack on Paris, was full of light—the very opposite of the young men who were on a suicide mission that night.
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Story of Nohemi Gonzalez on NPR: http://www.npr.org/2015/11/16/456174748/calif-college-student-killed-in-paris-attacks-mourned-by-friends-relatives

 

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Meet the Woman Who Guides Parents Through Their Darkest Days

Meet the Woman Who Guides Parents Through Their Darkest Days | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it
Joanne Cacciatore has what many would find to be an unbearable calling: to help counsel parents through their grief after the death of a child. As a professor of social work at Arizona State University, the Sedona resident and mother of four grown kids — and one stillborn — is a top expert in the field
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After My Daughter's Death, On Guilt and Apologies

After My Daughter's Death, On Guilt and Apologies | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it
In the year since cancer took my little girl's life, I find myself saying 'I'm sorry,' for both the inability to save her and for surviving her death.
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Grief & Gratitude

Grief & Gratitude | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it

...this blog is about... the transformational power of grief, and the resulting consequence of gratitude for all of the little things that constitute my life today.  I dedicate this blog to Matthew with love and appreciation for the 21 years we had him in our lives. His memory is a blessing to all of us.

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Grieving For My Friend's Son, White House Staffer Jake Brewer

Jake, Lori's 34-year-old only son, was killed on September 19, in a charity bicycle race for cancer. By any standard, the world would have called Jake brilliant.
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A Meditation for Grief - YouTube

There are few emotional states harder to meditate with than grief. In this meditation you’ll work to feel grief as it is without focusing on the details that surround it.

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The Good Grief Project | while we may fear death we need not fear those who grieve

The Good Grief Project | while we may fear death we need not fear those who grieve | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it
while we may fear death we need not fear those who grieve
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A Letter to Those Who Have Lost

A Letter to Those Who Have Lost | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it

    Your little brother just died. Or your older sister. You feel cracked and lost. You watch the world around you continue to spin, while your life stands still as a statue.

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Heroin Claims Two Sons In One Massachusetts Family

Heroin Claims Two Sons In One Massachusetts Family | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it

Host Robin Young talks with a mother from Massachusetts who is part of a movement to treat addiction as a health issue, and not a moral failure.

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StoryCorps

StoryCorps | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it

Home alone with his sister, Sean Smith, then 10, stumbled upon a .38 revolver. In a single cataclysmic moment, Smith's sister was dead — and in all the years since, he hasn't lived the accident down.

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How Mary Berry kept her family together after her son's death

How Mary Berry kept her family together after her son's death | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it

Mary Berry, 80, was determined to keep her family together after losing William (right, aged 5) in 1989. She says despite her grief she has 'the most wonderful memories and lives with it.'

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A moment that changed me - the death of my sister and the grief that followed | Emma Dawson

A moment that changed me - the death of my sister and the grief that followed | Emma Dawson | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it
When my 32-year-old sister died of cancer the grief hit me like a freight train
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Stories of those who died in the Paris attacks

Stories of those who died in the Paris attacks | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it
French President Francois Hollande said the attacks in Paris targeted "youth in all its diversity," killing at least 129. Here are some of their stories:
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Everything Doesn't Happen For A Reason

Everything Doesn't Happen For A Reason | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it

So I’m going to repeat a few words I’ve uttered countless times; words so powerful and honest they tear at the hubris of every jackass who participates in the debasing of the grieving:

Some things in life cannot be fixed. They can only be carried. 

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Adam Levy: "Naubinway" on Vimeo

This video presents a portion of Adam's appearance, during which he describes his own struggles with mental health and the suicide of his son Daniel, a promising young artist. 

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How Adam Levy channels his grief: http://forward.com/culture/music/309371/how-adam-levy-channels-his-grief-through-songs/

 

Video interviews: http://www.thinkpiecepublishing.com/adam-levy-documentary/

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How Losing a Sibling in Childhood Haunts the Parent I Am Today

How Losing a Sibling in Childhood Haunts the Parent I Am Today | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it

My brother was the last 7-year-old person I really knew well, and now there’s my daughter — and sometimes she’ll remind me so much of him that I’ll have to take a deep breath to bust up the mini-explosion of panic and fear and sweet familiarity in my head. 

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'Thirteen Ways' Lifts Darkness Through Storytelling

'Thirteen Ways' Lifts Darkness Through Storytelling | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it

Colum McCann's latest book, Thirteen Ways of Looking, takes on parenthood, loss and just how arbitrary life can be.

 

On the idea that you can't be a child forever, but you will always be a parent:

This particular link is played out in everyone's lives. And in one story in the book, which is called "Sh'khol," a mother searches for a word for a parent who has lost a child. And the amazing thing is that in the English language — as the Irish language, as French, as Spanish, there is no single word for a parent who has lost a child, no adjective. In Hebrew and in Arabic and in Sansrkit, there is — and so I used the Hebrew workd Sh'khol to title the story, as this woman searches for a way to describe the apparent loss of her son.

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Grief, Smoke and Salvation

Grief, Smoke and Salvation | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it
A trailblazing ambassador for Israeli food acknowledges his secrets, his struggle and how the violence of his homeland factored into it all.
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One Less Second Grader - Still Standing Magazine

One Less Second Grader - Still Standing Magazine | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it

Signs of back to school are everywhere. For some parents it might be a relief. Summer is over, and the school schedule is a welcome change. For bereaved parents, signs of torture are everywhere. Over-sized backpacks, school supplies, car drop off and pick up lines. It’s a sucker punch to the gut. 

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Grieving the Unheroic Death by Susan Powers

Grieving the Unheroic Death by Susan Powers | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it

Thanks to author, psychotherapist,and bereaved mother Susan Powers, for the gift of this chapter from her new book, Ruthless Grieving.

 

 

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I'm a doctor - but that didn't save my son from suicide

I'm a doctor - but that didn't save my son from suicide | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it

Despite her training, Sangeeta Mahajan was unprepared for the speed and severity with which her son's bipolar disorder progressed. ...                   Not even a year has passed without him and the loss is still indescribable.

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A Mother Without a Child

A Mother Without a Child | Grief and Loss | Scoop.it

William has paid the ultimate sacrifice, and we are paying for it for the rest of our lives. I will never accept it, it’s unacceptable, I will never understand it, because it’s not understandable, I can’t see reason with it, because it can’t be rationalised.

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