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Monday Meditation: Give to Receive this Season

By giving to others out of love, we receive the things we need most this time of year: love and comfort.

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Monday Mediation: Be good to your body.

Be good to your body this holiday season.

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Monday Meditation: The strength in silence

Let the silence support you and comfort you this holiday season.

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Monday Meditation: Gratitude & Thanksgiving

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. -Melody Beattie The holiday season is never easy when you’re grieving. No matter how recent the loss, you will always wish your loved one was there. As you celebrate Thanksgiving this week, take time on Thursday to reflection on… Continue reading Monday Meditation: Gratitude & Thanksgiving

Grief 101

Grief 101: How Long Does Grief Last?

Answer: As long as it needs.

Self-Care, The Business of Grief

Cleaning and Organizing: Clean Mama

Get your home organized with Clean Mama.

Reading Nook, Self-Care

Man’s Search for Meaning (Viktor Frankl)

Viktor Frankl's memoir about his internment in concentration camps and how we can thrive despite trauma.

Self-Care

Practice Self-Kindness

We seem conditioned to believe that kindness is an outside offering that comes to us rather than a gift we bestow on ourselves. I was struck by how simple kindness was undervalued among some grief supporters. Kindnesses are paid during the funeral period, but after the funeral kindness slowly evaporates, perhaps as part of the… Continue reading Practice Self-Kindness

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Monday Meditation: Go ahead, have a good cry.

Heavy hearts, like heavy clouds in the sky, are best relieved by the letting of a little water. -Christopher Morley Crying is good for you. Tears reduce stress hormones from your body, the remove irritants and lubricate your eye, and tears also contain antibodies. Our emotional tears help stress leave our body and increase endorphins… Continue reading Monday Meditation: Go ahead, have a good cry.

Self-Care

Greetings from your new Avon Lady

Dear readers, I have become an Avon Representative. Yes, that’s right: I am your new Avon Lady. I joined Avon for a very specific purpose: to contribute to your development of a self-care program. I had been looking into direct marketing for a few years, but the companies I found never grabbed me for one… Continue reading Greetings from your new Avon Lady

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Monday Meditation: Rise Up.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. -Confucius Grief is far from a smooth path. Just when we think we have mastered some emotion or aspect of grief, something comes along and knocks us off kilter. Maybe we react badly, maybe we feel like we failed. Grief… Continue reading Monday Meditation: Rise Up.

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Monday Meditation: Strength in Forgiveness

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. -Mahatma Gandhi It takes a lot to forgive someone. Many people refuse to forgive because they may feel that forgiving means forgetting, and letting someone else off the hook for bad behavior. It is quite the opposite. Forgiving requires the ability to act… Continue reading Monday Meditation: Strength in Forgiveness

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Monday Meditation: Sharing Brings Healing

Part of the healing process is sharing with other people who care. -Jerry Cantrell There is a preconception that people should keep their suffering to themselves. Sad or unhappy conversations should not take place. We can only publically project strength, happiness, and confidence. This is nonsense. Healing requires sharing our pain with others, and in… Continue reading Monday Meditation: Sharing Brings Healing

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Monday Meditation: Friends + Love

The greatest healing therapy is friendship and love. -Hubert H. Humphrey Never underestimate how wonderful a good friendship can be during grief. The person who lets you vent because you just have to get things out, or who laughs at the absurd things you find in your lost one’s belongings, or who just shares all… Continue reading Monday Meditation: Friends + Love

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Monday Meditation: Kindness Heals

The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey. -Sarah Fielding “I am sorry you have to go through this.” “I love you.” “I am here to listen.” “You are so courageous.” Kindness goes a long way in the grief process. For Grief Supporters, kindness can mean the difference… Continue reading Monday Meditation: Kindness Heals