Slowing Down Grief

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Grief has a rhythm all its own. In our haste to speed our recovery, we rush around frenetically trying to find the instant-formula, or 3-quick-steps to grief relief. We make our expectations clear to a coach or counselor: I don’t have too much time. I need to get over this grief thing asap. Do you specialize […]

How My Aunt Would Console Joe Biden

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A very dear aunt of mine is 93 and lives in Chennai, in Southern India. She has experienced the deaths of both her adult sons and a son-in-law. Brain tumor, stomach cancer, liver cancer. I think of her as the Biden family grieves the loss of 46-year-old Beau. I think about what she might have […]

Thriving After A Loss

You read that headline and think: Whoever wrote that is plain nuts. Is that even possible? How can someone be expected to thrive when they lose someone they’ve loved dearly? If I’d encountered that headline when my mother’s loss was still fresh, I would’ve had the same reaction. There is a time to grieve and […]

How to Help a Grieving Friend (Part 1)

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After a deeply moving personal tragedy, Katherine Conway made the decision to turn her pain into helping others heal. The result: Helping Friends Grieve, a community of shared stories of grief and loss. The benefits: connection, healing, service. 1. Can you share with us your personal story of losing your dad and how it altered the […]

The path to Grief Relief

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Audrey Pellicano is a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist who believes in an all-encompassing approach to healing grief.  In her own words, “…the most relevant training I have had is living life as a widow.” She works with companies and individuals and also takes on speaking engagements. Her book “Widowed Now: Steps to a New Life” […]

Wishes for the Grieving Heart

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Wishes for the Grieving and Healing Heart opens with a heartwarming story of the water bug that turns into a dragonfly–a perfect metaphor for the transformation from physical form to spirit. It heralds a significant truth: When you lose someone you love, life will never be the same; you will never be the same. But […]

No Heart for the Holidays

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Diwali, the festival of lights, is to India what Christmas is to the West. The first Diwali after my mother passed away in January of 2009 was the hardest. It was her favorite festival. In the countdown to it, she’d get really busy drawing up lists of sweets to order, firecrackers and clothes to buy […]

Karma: The Universe’s Boomerang

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Growing up in India, “karma” and “reincarnation” have been part of, not just my DNA, but regular adult conversations as well. I haven’t always been curious about it, though. For most of my teenage and early adult years I avoided getting close to it because karma, I knew, was all about “sin”, “retribution”, and a record of my wrongdoings. […]

Nobody can delay death

Recently, I watched Oprah interview singing superstar Jennifer Hudson on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). In a segment of the show titled “Next Chapter”, Oprah invited Jennifer’s sister, Julia, to discuss their horrific family tragedy. In 2008, the sisters’ 57-year-old mom, 29-year-old brother and Julia’s 7-year-old son, Julian, were brutally murdered in their home by Julia’s estranged […]

Nobody can delay death

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Recently, I watched Oprah interview singing superstar Jennifer Hudson on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). In a segment of the show titled “Next Chapter”, Oprah invited Jennifer’s sister, Julia, to discuss their horrific family tragedy. In 2008, the sisters’ 57-year-old mom, 29-year-old brother and Julia’s 7-year-old son, Julian, were brutally murdered in their home by Julia’s estranged […]