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October 22, 2018

Everyone loves gifts, right!?!  When you think of end-of-life decision making and planning, you typically do not think of gifts, but it can be the biggest gift of love and comfort that you provide for your family and friends.  End-of-life planning can look different to...

September 20, 2018

Cleveland - It is 7:30 on a summer morning in a chapel -like room overlooking the slate - gray, lapping waters of Lake Erie. Ten or se people, some just arriving at work, some finishing a night shift, sit silently in pew - like benches and armchairs below stained - gla...

September 15, 2018

How to handle grief after a pet’s death—and why we all need to change our attitudes about it

Doug’s amateur soccer team had just lost their playoff game and he needed a pick-me-up. So he decided to stop by the local animal shelter on his way home. He was by no means loo...

September 13, 2018

On July 24, an orca named Tahlequah (also know as J35) gave birth to a calf that lived for less than an hour. 

Afterward, Tahlequah carried or pushed her dead calf nearly a thousand miles over 17 days, finally dropping it on Aug. 11, at which point the Center for Whale...

August 30, 2018

Hospice is a word that should be welcomed and not feared. It is almost certain when you say the word hospice in the community that it is met with fear, uncertainty, and thoughts of immediate death.

June 15, 2018

Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s husband writes of the “new future” his dying wife’s New York Times column gave him.

As she was dying of ovarian cancer last year, author and filmmaker Amy Krouse Rosenthal wrote a wrenching essay for The New York Times’ “Modern Love” column, creat...

Okay, So What is Traumatic Loss?

There’s variation in how traumatic loss is defined in the research, but for our purposes, I think this definition from Wortman & Latack (2015) does the trick:

“A death is considered traumatic if it occurs without warning; if it is un...