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Unless you’ve been through it, you can’t understand it. It’s that simple.

Grief is not something you understand from a distance.

Learn from a fellow traveler’s down-to-earth approach to healing. STUNNED by Grief is realistic and revealing. You’ll discover what to expect. And you’ll find tools and tips to remap your life. 


When you’re devastated by loss, what good is a journal?

This journal will help you cut through the pain that isolates and freezes you—and get to the heart of what really matters.

Writing about your loss is one of the most important things you can do. It’s key to tapping into your grief, working through it, and releasing what’s buried deep inside.




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If you’re going through grief, this blog is all about you—and focusing on your questions, concerns, struggles, triumphs, and the countless issues you face.

We hope you’ll feel at home here!

We extend a warm welcome to you …

Reduce the Clutter and Focus on the Basics—in Life and in Grief

admin : September 18, 2015 9:18 pm : Coping with Grief, Decisions and choices, New directions, Stunned by Grief

Simple red building front, yellow door, bicycle, reduce clutter, grief healingI don’t know why this is true – but when you reduce the clutter in your physical surroundings, something takes place inside of you, too. When you clean out and discard things you don’t need, and organize what you decide to keep, it seems as though it’s easier to think, to move forward, and to do the things you need to do. Reduce the clutter and focus on the basics, and you will see benefits – in life and in grief.

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Making the Discovery—Finding Hope in Grief

admin : August 12, 2015 11:13 pm : Coping with Grief, Decisions and choices, Effects of Grief, Hope, Response to tragedy, Sharing your story, Stunned by Grief

heart laying on dead wood with new growth all aroundI can’t imagine anybody being less prepared to face grief than I was―and if anyone had told me I might discover something good in grief—especially HOPE—I wouldn’t have believed them!

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How Do You Stand Back Up When Grief Knocks You Down?

admin : June 5, 2015 12:38 am : Attitude, Coping with Grief, Decisions and choices, Effects of Grief, Emotions, Hope, Response to tragedy, Stunned by Grief

Golden sunrise peeking through clouds over ocean_hope_griefBy Judy Brizendine

Grief is a formidable force—and when it hits you directly, it holds the power to take you to your knees. What can you do? How do you stand back up when grief knocks you down?

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