12 Things you Should & Should Not Say to the Class of 2020

Do you know someone who was supposed to graduate from middle school, high school, college, or trade school this year, but can’t because of COVID-19? There’s a large group of people who are heartbroken over the fact that they won’t have a traditional graduation ceremony. Class of 2020 students dreamed of this day only to…
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Memorials & Funerals during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Experiencing the death of someone you love and care about is painful. Experiencing the death of someone you less than love can be painful too. There are almost always undelivered emotional communications with a person who died, and deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic are no different. Think back to someone you know who died. Were…
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THE WIDE SPECTRUM OF MOTHERING by Amy Young

To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you To those who lost a child this year–we mourn with you To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stain–we appreciate you To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions,…
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What to Do When Mother’s Day Isn’t Happy

Do commercials for Mother’s Day flowers or greeting cards put a knot in your stomach? Do Mother’s Day posts on social media make you think, “What’s so happy about it? Will you in these COVID-19 be unable to visit your mom? Do you wish you could ignore the whole week leading up to the holiday?…
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Compassion Fatigue…Are you running on empty?

. Charles Figley has studied the subject of Compassion Fatigue since the 1970’s. In his words, Compassion fatigue is a state experienced by those helping people in distress; it is an extreme state of tension and preoccupation with the suffering of those being helped to the degree that it is traumatizing for the helper. Most…
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8 Helpful Tips for Getting Through Holiday During a Pandemic

  Are you unable to spend Easter or Passover with your family this year? Coping with holidays during the COVID-19 pandemic is a unique set of circumstances, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t helpful solutions.   Sheltering in place is tough on its own, but facing major holidays with all the reminders and traditions can…
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Self-Care and the Coronavirus

During this unusual time of Coronavirus self-isolation, it’s important you take care of your physical, mental and emotional health. That can be more difficult than ever dealing with so much change, right? The world is saying, “Hey, you can’t do this” when you are used to your normal daily routine. In most cases, You can’t…
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50 Ways to Take a Break

I sincerely hop you are staying safe and taking good care of yourself during these unusual days of the COVID-19 pandemic.  A few minutes a day of mindful, centered breathing can release tension n your body and help you stay centered. My sympathies are extended to all who have lost loved ones and to those…
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A Veterans Journey to Healing: Being Strong, Resilience and New Tools

by Ed Owens   My journey to the Grief Recovery Method began after the death of my three-year-old son, Eddie Ryan, in September of 2010.  At the time, I was a Detective with the Sheriff’s Office; he was shot with my backup gun.  Four hours later I would hear the words no parent should ever…
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National Grief Awareness Day & International Overdose Awareness Day

August 30th is National Grief Awareness Day and August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day.  Anyone who has experienced the grief that comes with the loss of a friend or family member who died and/or suffered from an overdose might wonder why there is just one day in the year that has been earmarked as special when…
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