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griefhealing%20homepage[1]Widowed Parent Podcast – was created by Jenny Lisk as a way to help people find the information and advice she wishes she had when her husband died. With more than 75 episodes, she and special guests have covered topics on building resilience in kids after loss, autism and grief, step-parenting grieving children, being a widowed dad, and much more. In addition to the podcast, her website has other helpful links and resources. Podcast link

 

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Image result for The Uncertainty of LifeThese are times of uncertainty. What will our new normal be like? It’s one thing to have to live through the loss of a loved one…and then grieving losses through a pandemic that isolates us more! My online blogger friend, JoAnne Funch, a Certified Grief Coach, on her website, “Heartache to Healing”,  she posted an article:

The Uncertainty of Life

Collectively Grieving What Was

Collective grief can be so complicated due to multiple losses. Read her article and find ways to create more meaningful moments and a new perspective in life.

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Breathe

Visit my Facebook Page for words of hope and inspiration during grief…

This is just a chapter…not the whole story

Enjoy the sunsets, enjoy the coffee and the solitude. Breathe, rest and be kind to yourself. This is just a chapter….it’s a season….it will leave a footprint on your journey. Enjoy the scenery along the way. Pray for direction and God will lead you and direct you. You will find hope and joy again!

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RescueSometimes in widowhood, when we’re grieving for our loved one, we find ourselves in a very low and dark place. Some how, we can’t find the right words to express to others what we are feeling. We’re lost in a world with no way out.

In these difficult times, we need to look up and ask God to rescue us…. He’s been there, and always will be… He’s just waiting for us to ask…..

Lauren Daigle expresses it well in her YouTube“Rescue” by Lauren Daigle

 

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Open To Hope Foundation is a wonderful website filled with articles and resources for those in their journey through grief. Taken from one of their emails:

TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

We would like to reach out to you this holiday season for simple tips on handling the holidays and/or honoring our loved ones.

For Example: Set a Place at Your Table for your Loved One
or
Allow Yourself to Leave a holiday party early, and by letting the host know in advance, you can quietly leave and take care of yourself.

Giving a Voice to Grief and Recovery
Open to Hope ® is a non-profit with the mission of helping people find hope after loss. We invite you to read, listen and share your stories of hope and compassion.

Check out some of Open to Hope articles….

 

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Postcards Greyden book cover picture[1]Over the years, I’ve stayed connected to certain websites that guide widows/widowers back into the mainstream of life. My online friend, Ferree Hardy, has one of the best websites for resources….Widow’s Christian Place. As the holidays approach, loss is magnified in our lives. Please check out one of her latest blogs that may give you additional ideas in how to muddle through your grief….”What Are Your Resources?”

Ferree gives several suggestions from helping to choose the right “counselors” to talk with, to helpful websites, online support groups, financial assistance, grief support groups as well as organizations and help just for widowers.

Ferree has also written a book, “Postcards from the Widows’ Path“. Her book helps guide widows through the phases of widowhood through the Book of Ruth. There is always HOPE in our darkest moments. Find resources that feel best for you!

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compassWe never really know what lies ahead in our life’s journey. Just as we think we have things figured out and what direction we’re headed, life throws us a curve ball!

My online blogger friend, JoAnne Funch, gives a great analogy for helping us through the grief process in her Heartache to Healing website. Sometimes we have to be open to change and allow our inner compass to guide us through. JoAnne shares her blog: Life is like a Compass.

“Just as our grief doesn’t follow a predictable course like a map, neither does life. In fact, it’s more like a compass because it points you in the general direction and then you figure out where to turn.” -JoAnne Funch

Read more…..

 

 

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aseasonofgriefsmall[1]GriefShare groups are for anyone going through grief over losing a loved one. This could be a spouse, parent, sibling, child, friend or anyone who left this world too soon and has left a footprint on your heart. GriefShare is there to help you walk through grief with others who understand the hurt you feel.

GRIEF SHARE
https://www.griefshare.org/

GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

How GriefShare works:
GriefShare seminars and support groups are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss and look forward to rebuilding your life. There are thousands of GriefShare grief recovery support groups meeting throughout the US, Canada, and in over 10 other countries. There’s one meeting near you!
Plug in your zip code and find the GriefShare groups that are close to you!

Free daily email encouragement:
Receive an encouraging email message every day for a year. These short messages will inspire you and provide practical information as you grieve the loss of your loved one. Sign up for the GriefShare daily emails.

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It is possible! Listen to this YouTube with Esther Gold and then maybe consider a 2020 cruise next year for a new beginning. What better way to start a new year, by sharing your grief with others who understand while enjoying some travel time!

 

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churchSheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) perseveres through grief when her husband, Dave Goldberg, suddenly dies in 2015. Listen to Clay Scroggins (Lead Pastor at North Point Community Church- one of Americas largest churches) interview Sheryl as she talks about her grief journey.

In the 3rd part of the series, Fight For It, Clay explains how the struggle is real and Sheryl shares her struggles in her widowhood. It is summed up…. “In our greatest adversities, we receive the gift of being comforted by God, so we may then comfort others.”

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