Category: Reflection

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How to Memorialize Loved Ones

“I Will Remember You . . .” The singer-songwriter Sara McLachlan’s song “I Will Remember You,” reminds us that a person’s story has two parts: their memories of us, and our memories of them. You play an important part in telling your loved one’s story after they die. Finding ways to memorialize someone not only…
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Spiritual Practice Mandala

The mandala (Sanskrit for “circle” or “completion”) has a long history and is recognized for its deep spiritual meaning and representation of wholeness. Praying with a mandala can be healing and a source of reflection of one’s soul. Learn more about our grief workshop and weekend retreats. Learn more about our grief workshop and weekend…
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Spiritual Practice: Reflecting on Your Story

In the Faith & Grief workshop, we look at the dyanmics of grief, share in group discussions and experience a spiritual practice. This spiritual practice on journaling helps you tell your story and story of your relationship with the loved one you grieve. Journaling doesn’t just have to be through writing, you can tell your…
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Community Grief

Community grief provides an opportunity to share love and hope with others. The focus is on our grief and our hope, not on other agendas. You can download this handout to share with those in your community.

Grief Story – Legacy of a Quilt and a Sofa

This Grief Story is written by Faith & Grief Facilitator, Bob Nelson Growing up on the west side of Chicago in the fifties, certain truths were self-evident: one’s address determined safety; anonymity was security; wealth was centered in the suburbs where kids could play on something called a lawn; and most significantly, an impersonal universe…
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Resilience says Try Gratitude

This is last post of the guest blog series on Resilience by Nancy McCranie. This series looks at resilience and explores self-care practices you can use. Be grateful for your life, every detail of it, and your face will come to shine like the sun, and everyone who sees it will be made calm and…
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Resilience Says Find the Humor

This is part fifth of the guest blog series on Resilience by Nancy McCranie. This series looks at resilience and explores self-care practices you can use. It was still dark when we checked out of our hotel. Packs on our backs, we trekked the two miles to the bus station on the outskirts of Manali,…
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Resilience and Making Connections

This is part four of the guest blog series on Resilience by Nancy McCranie. This series looks at resilience and explores self-care practices you can use. She was in a tough spot. Mom and Dad had been married for 34 years. When he died, just like that, she was no longer part of a matched…
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Resilience Says Stay Curious

This is part three of the guest blog series on Resilience by Nancy McCranie. This series looks at resilience and explores self-care practices you can use. A basic support for a joyful mind is curiosity, paying attention, taking an interest in the world around you. Happiness is not required, but being curious without a heavy…
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Resilience – Adapt, please?

This is part two of the guest blog series on Resilience by Nancy McCranie. This series looks at resilience and explores self-care practices you can use. The biggest challenge was the frog. A few months after we married, my husband, Bill, and I embarked on an open-ended trip around the world beginning in Mexico and…
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