In my twenties and thirties, anger was my weapon of choice. Growing up with an alcoholic father and a people-pleasing mother, I soon realized that being angry prevented others from taking advantage of me. Anger helped me feel powerful, strong, and in control. I stormed through life, defending and protecting myself against every threat, insult, and should that came…

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Ten years ago on the 27th of January my mother took her last breath. I was so broken by her loss that I couldn’t see beyond my next breath. Leave alone, fast forward to 2019 and who I have become today. But even through the dark fog I was trapped in, I felt the soft…

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Another year is drawing to a close. When you look back at Jan-Dec. 2018, what do you see? Which parts do you like and wish to carry forward? Which parts do you want to leave behind? Now look to 2019. How do you want to live this year? What do you want for your health,…

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When my mother’s breath left her body for the last time in 2009, I could barely breathe. I shattered. I dropped deep into the dark well of grief. I could only think of my loss as negative. I didn’t have the insights I have now to think of the blessings that came into my life…

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About ten days ago, I had an amazing opportunity. Nicole Antoinette invited me to be a guest on Season 16 of her thriving podcast, Real Talk Radio. We recorded the two-hour conversation which was a lot of fun for me because Nicole’s questions were a real blast! She has this easy, let’s-sit-on-the-couch-and-gab style which I absolutely…

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international grief council

Grief is not Catholic, Hindu, or Jew. Grief is not black, white or brown. Grief is the great leveler. It slices through differences of country and culture, faith and fanaticism. Grief is the language of  the human heart broken by loss. It is to give voice to this message that Lo Anne Mayer (USA), Daniela…

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why 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…

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surviving loss of a child

After the death of her 27-year-old daughter, Sandy Fox began a life-long grief journey dedicating herself to helping others through her books, online writings and speaking engagements. She is a former newspaper reporter and high school journalism teacher, winning many awards for herself and the publications she produced. Her two books are I Have No…

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