Category: Strength

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 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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Handling the Holidays

The holiday season can offer a time to reflect and remember and it can be a time of great joy. We at Faith & Grief recognize that when you are grieving, the holidays may also be a difficult time. Here are a few suggestions for handling the holidays when you are grieving. The biggest takeaway,…
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Resilience, Can you Adapt?

To watch her navigate those extremely difficult days was inspirational and instructive.  She embodied the word resilient.

Colbert, Cooper & Grief

You may have seen the recent interview with Stephen Colbert by Anderson Cooper on CNN. If you haven’t, I highly encourage you to do so. It is a frank and compassionate conversation about grief between two people who have been shaped by their loss. The fact that these two successful people who have both experienced significant loss were so open about sharing their experiences was striking.