A Gold Star Mom Remembers

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Patty Schumacher’s son, LCpl Victor Dew was killed in action while serving in Afghanistan (10/13/2010).  Patty shares  about the impact of Victor’s death on her family, and what she is doing today to honor his life. Victor was the first graduate from Granite Bay High School to die in combat. In April 2013, the post […]

Grief In The Hundred Acre Wood

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Grief According to Winnie the Pooh Mitch Carmody’s interview on Intentional Grief includes this 5 minute excerpt about personalities in grieving.  As he thought about the characters who lived in the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh, he realized that each one has a personality that was revealed when Eyore lost his tail.  Everyone […]

My Warrior’s Place

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Kelly Kowall’s son, SPC Corey Kowall, died while on a combat mission in Afghanistan in 2009. In the ensuing months, Kelly was touched by the battle that many veterans continued to fight after they returned from the war zone. Theirs was an emotional battle against grief, post traumatic stress and depression. Through the purchase of […]

Marriage CAN Survive the Loss of a Child

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After the death of a child, many couples find it difficult to understand their spouse and the way they express their grief. Reading a book together, or setting aside a time each day to talk about how each other is doing can be very revealing and therapeutic to the health of the marriage. Perhaps giving […]

Role of Hospice In Grief Care

Louie Handugan with Vitas Hospice in Sacramento, shares about the role hospice can play for people as they go through the final stage of a love’s life. Hospice is a team approach to palliative care.  Louie will dispel some of the myths about hospice, such as, “If I go on hospice, does it mean I’m […]

The Truth About Sibling Grief

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Dr Heidi Horsley experienced the loss of her brother as a young adult. She lived through her grief to become a Professor of Psychology, Grief Therapist, Author, and co-founder of Open To Hope Foundation. During this interview, Dr. Heidi shares insight into sibling grief to help us understand their journey. From her personal story, she […]

Alcohol Addiction in Families

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In April 2006, Nancy’s son Lance died in a horrific single car accident as a result of a mixture of alcohol and prescription drugs.  This was the culmination of 2 years of his life spiraling downhill into the darkness of addiction. While a student at the New York University Tisch Film School, Lance created a […]

Difficult Questions About Grief

Chaplain Terry Morgan discusses those difficult questions we sometimes ask about God and grief.  Why does God allow tragic circumstances? Why didn’t God choose to heal or protect my loved one? What is God’s reaction to my anger? Chaplain Morgan is the Senior Chaplain and Executive Director of Gold Country Chaplaincy which serves Placer County […]

The Birdhouse Project with Kris Munsch

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Kris Munsch is the founder of The Birdhouse Project. After the death of his son Blake in 2005, Kris developed The Birdhouse Project as a tangible metaphor to help people rebuild their lives. Drawing on his experience as a wood shop teacher, and realizing the value of allowing people to participate in the learning process […]