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Grief and Healing

PERFECT GIFTS

There are some gifts that money can’t buy…and they fit for any special day including the days you declare special aside for the calendar.  So what is the “perfect gift” and how much does it cost?   In this time of so many challenges, there are a host of alternative gifts that are sure to fit …

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Grief and Gratitude

November is a strange and welcome month in Arizona….it is a time of extremes and contrasts.   While it is officially fall, there are 95-degree days as well as 55-degree days.   The Bermuda grass is dying and the rye grass is sprouting.  Halloween decorations come down and Christmas lights go up…..Thanksgiving sometimes gets lost in the …

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GRIEF NOTES

GRIEF NOTES by Dr. Sandra Howlett, Ed.D In the February 22, 2007 issue of the Journal of American Medical Association, researchers studied how people grieve.  While it is true that many people do feel shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, the study revealed that what most people felt most deeply was a profound sense …

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THE MYTH of CLOSURE

THE MYTH of CLOSURE by Sandra Howlett, Ed.D “Closure” is a term frequently used following a death. Some of the events that are often said to provide closure range from final conversations, funerals or memorials, distributing the belongings of our deceased loved one, moving to a different home, and learning the official cause of death. …

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