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 […]

When We Die…

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When my mother transitioned in 2009, I struggled on many levels. But the most challenging aspect was the loss of her physicality. One moment she was here. And gone the next. She had vanished into nothingness. How did she leave? Where did she go? The thought that she was lost to me forever was a […]

The Purpose of Grief

Every sad ending contains the seeds of a new happy beginning. I know this for sure and have lived through it myself. In a recent phone call, this truth was revealed to me one more time. One of my jobs as a hospice volunteer is to make follow-up phone calls to bereaved family members. How the conversation will […]

Your Grief Story: How are you telling it?

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Last weekend I was at a wonderful event organized by Life Matters Media, an initiative dedicated to spreading information, support and resources for all involved in end-of-life decision-making. It was an evening of professional storytelling about end-of-life care. As each of the storytellers — David Boyle, MT Cozzola, Jen Bosworth and Craig Desang — went on […]

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 […]

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 […]