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.
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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,… Read more
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.
My mother was a difficult person. Not only did the world revolve around her, but she could also be mean. But she had a reason. She had an older sister, who was a sweet and pretty child, much beloved. Her sister died of diphtheria when she was two years old, the year before my mother… Read more