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The Stones We Carry

“The best way I can describe grieving over a child as the years go by is to say it’s similar to carrying a rock in your pocket. When you walk, the stone brushes against your skin. You feel it. You always feel it. But depending on the way you stand or the way your body...

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Online Resource List

Grief is hard. Coping with loss is messy and often feels like wandering around in a fog. Finding a beacon is often cherished as we wander and gives us direction out of the fog. As we navigate grief, it can be daunting looking for support and comfort. Below are some...

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When I Miss You

'When I Miss You', by Cornelia Maude Spelman, is a book that we sometimes read in our bereavement groups at Ryan's Place. Although this book is not directly about the death of a loved one, it helps children to identify, and learn how to handle the unpleasant, and...

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The Importance of Memories

This weekend I was fortunate enough to attend my uncle’s funeral with other family members.  I recognize that not everyone at this time in history is able to attend their loved one’s funeral, let alone with other family members present.  During our...

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Fatherless Father’s Day

This Sunday, June 21st is Father’s Day, while many families will be celebrating Dad with backyard cookouts, gifts, golf, or fishing trips, others will not be celebrating. In 2019 Ryan’s Place provided grief support to over 800 children, of those 800 plus children, 11%...

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Pillowcase Drawing

Unsettling dreams and nightmares are common after the death of a loved one. It is also "normal" to have heightened fears during waking hours.  When someone we love dies we may fear that someone else close to us will die next. Adults can often verbalize...

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Make It Monday – Mindful Breathing Wand

Mindfulness: the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something; a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic...

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Journaling Prompts

For me, journaling has always been a cathartic way to put my thoughts and feelings into words.  Writing over the years has helped me to process my grief, anxiety, and feelings of helplessness.  Words are powerful. Putting them onto paper, or onto a computer screen,...

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Birthday Memorials

Birthdays after a loved one has died can be very difficult. Birthdays are another painful reminder of the things that are missing after someone dies, as well as a reminder of the years they didn’t get to live. Some people find comfort in continuing to celebrate their...

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