THE NEW FORTY My favorite color is plaid.
I don't like funerals. But I imagine that is true for most folks. Even the most lovely of funerals - the ones that can successfully focus your attention on a celebration of life - still carry the unde... Posted on 10/12/13 at 9:44 PM
PEACE GARDEN MAMA II meaningful mondays: following the heart home
[The following column was printed in The Forum, North Dakota's largest daily newspaper, on September 28, 2013. Reprinted with permission. Photos by author added for Peace Garden Mama entry only.]
Livi... Posted on 9/29/13 at 11:01 PM
MUSIC MOVES Hooooooold on.......
This week began like any other week (or any other week in North Dakota, at least): Sunday took us into what looked like it might be a snow day, but we forged ahead safely into programming at the Schoo... Posted on 4/18/13 at 5:56 PM
MIDDLE AGED PLAGUE Life's -- and Death's -- Lessons
I visited my father the other day.
Generally, these visits consist of my kneeling before a concrete slab, embedded in which is a plaque bearing Dad's name and two salient dates. I tell him how much w... Posted on 1/10/13 at 2:06 PM
HEALTHBEAT Grief for the holidays
It's hard to look at the calendar and not be reminded that Christmas Eve will mark exactly four months since my dad's funeral. There's going to be an enormous gap in the family holiday celebration thi... Posted on 12/6/12 at 5:29 PM
Deanna and Chuck Marx are getting ready for a stream of guests Friday morning, but they aren’t opening their own home to visitors. For 16 years, the couple have been staging estate sales when someone needs help scaling down or after a property owner dies.
A grieving Oregon mother who battled Facebook for full access to her deceased son's account has been pushing for years for something that would prevent others from losing photos, messages and other memories — as she did.
This time of year can be very difficult for people who’ve lost loved ones, said Luke Klefstad, licensed professional counselor and regional director of the Village Family Service Center in Grand Forks. With sudden loss such as suicide, accident or any sudden death “emotions may be overwhelming and intense,” he said. In the aftermath, it’s natural to have feelings of shock, anger, depression and sadness.
For someone who has experienced the loss of a loved one, once-joyful holiday rituals can evoke feelings of great sorrow.
Whether the loss is the result of death, a miscarriage or a divorce, the sadness may be intensified by the holiday season, a time which typically is charged with emotion, said The Rev. John Rieth, Altru Health System pastoral services chaplain/manager.
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