Tag Archives: Family Dealing With Loss

How Can Ceremony and Ritual Ease Loss? An Interview With Holly Pruett: Part Two

Holly Pruett helps clients tell their stories through ceremony and ritual

Today SevenPonds shares part two of our conversation with Holly Pruett, a life-cycle celebrant based out of Portland, Oregon. (Read part one here.) Holly is a certified Life-Cycle Celebrant through the Celebrant Foundation and Institute. She helps her clients find a way … Continue reading

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Our Weekly Tip: Anticipate Your Need for Support

Organize your grief support system in advance of transitions

Our Tip of the Week: If you are anticipating the expected death of a loved one, or if you love someone who will die (which includes all of us), establishing an inner circle of supportive friends, family and community resources well … Continue reading

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Our Weekly Tip: Remember Your Loved One With Their Favorite Food

Connect to shared moments with a belly-and-soul-nourishing meditation

Our Tip of the Week: We often connect with our loved ones over necessary, daily things such as food. Sharing a meal together is one of the oldest and most profound ways of bonding, because it creates the space for … Continue reading

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What does Alzheimer’s mean for family and friends? An Interview with Cadmona Hall

A family therapist's perspective on how Alzheimer's affects the entire family

Today, SevenPonds speaks with Cadmona Hall from the Alder School of Professional Psychology. With her doctorate in Marriage and Family Therapy, she trains family therapists through a holistic “self-of-the-therapist” approach in which her students examine themselves from a number of identities such as … Continue reading

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In Memory of a Brother

Brendan Constantine looks at how bureaucracy helps us cope with loss in "The Drowned Brother"

“The Drowned Brother” is a eulogy-like poem that explores the revelation of the death of a brother in Brendan Constantine’s latest poetic novel “Calamity Joe”. In the poem, the narrator Calamity Joe relates the impersonal actions of the police and … Continue reading

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Classic Book Review: As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner

How the Bundren Family’s Journey to Bury Their Dying Matriarch Speaks to Life as Much as Death

Faulkner was a “Southern” writer, in the vein of Flannery O’Connor, but like O’Connor, his works tend to speak to larger themes. His third novel, As I Lay Dying, concerns a relatively simple set of events: the death of the … Continue reading

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