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Grief Support Group to Start October 8th

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Rita RippentropThe loss of a loved one is a life-altering event. Journey Through Grief is a six-week course that will explore the tasks of grief, offer the opportunity to share experiences with others who have lost a loved one, and provide information on how to cope with loss.

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Coping With the Loss of a Beloved Pet

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Love and careThere’s no debate. A great pet is a member of the family, and losing a family member is an incredibly difficult and painful thing to work through. The feelings of loss are powerful, but when welcomed and treated appropriately, they can be overcome in time.… Read the rest →

Have You Ever Grieved What You Never Had?

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NatalieStage_bioBy Natalie Stage, MA Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

When people think about grief, they typically think about the sorrow associated with losing a loved one. This is a very common type of grief that all of us will experience at some point in our lives, but it is not the only occasion that can cause sadness, pain and a sense of loss.… Read the rest →

Discussing Death with Children

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SusanStutzman_bioBy Susan Stutzman, MA Licensed Professional Counselor

Have you ever asked yourself the question “How do I explain the concept of death to my child without causing a swarm of worry, anxiety and a myriad of endless questions?” Or thought “I know that death is inevitable, but as a parent, how do I prepare my children for the inevitable well?”   If you answered yes to either of those questions, you are not alone.… Read the rest →

Creating a new ‘Normal’: Tips for Navigating Life Transitions

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By Kristin Garrity , MS Licensed Professional CounselorKristenStenzel

Change is inevitable.

Sometimes the changes we face are welcome and joyous, such as graduating, getting married, having a new baby, receiving a promotion or moving to a new house. We feel excited about the possibilities ahead and look forward to the positive changes these events will bring to our lives.… Read the rest →

Finding Hope in the Midst of Loss

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41gHr9e0oxL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_“Our sense of personal identity depends largely on the roles we play and the relationships we have… Catastrophic loss is like undergoing an amputation of our identity.” — Jerry Sittser, in A Grace Disguised

These thoughts capture well my own experience when, on Valentine’s Day 2008, I learned that my daughter had died from the shooting that took place that day at Northern Illinois University.… Read the rest →