Author Archives: Debra L. Stang (Blog Writer, SevenPonds)

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The near loss of a son inspires a song of hope

Grieving a loss is always painful, but grieving during the holiday season when most other people seem so cheerful is especially hard. This was the position of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in December, 1863. Two years earlier, his beloved wife, Fanny, … Continue reading

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“On the Death of Anne Bronte” by Charlotte Bronte

The loss of a sister inspires poetry

In England in the 1840s, one of the most revered literary families was the Bronte sisters, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte and Anne Bronte. The parents, Patrick and Maria, had five girls and one boy. Their mother died while all the … Continue reading

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“I hate funerals and would not attend my own if it could be avoided.”

- Robert T. Morris
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Book Review: “Nothing Was the Same” by Kay Redfield Jamison

A woman with bipolar disorder grieves the death of her husband

In 1995, Kay Redfield Jamison published her book, “An Unquiet Mind” about her struggle with bipolar disorder. She wrote about suffering the unbearable lows of depression and the shattering highs of mania. With the help of her husband, family, friends … Continue reading

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How Can Photographs of Babies Who are Dying or Have Died Help Families Heal?

An interview with documentary photographer Todd Hochberg, Part Two

This week SevenPonds continues our discussion with Chicago-based documentary photographer Todd Hochberg, the owner of Touching Souls Bereavement Photography. Among other things, Todd takes photographs of babies who are dying or have died so that their families will have a … Continue reading

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“Closing in on -30-” Offers a Clear-Eyed View of Life’s Final Months

Mark Mooney describes his last two years

“Closing in on -30-” asks you to think about what you would do if a doctor told you that you only had two years to live. Would you cry? Get your affairs in order? Plan an extravagant trip? When Mark Mooney, … Continue reading

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