Tag Archives: Grief

A Funeral Poem for an Infant

"A Baby's Death" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

A few years ago, friends of mine were thrilled by the arrival of their first son. Their joy quickly turned to horror and grief a few hours later when doctors informed them that the baby had a fatal heart defect. … Continue reading

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“I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Miserables”

A young woman sees her dreams collapse around her

“Les Miserables, which features the song, “I Dreamed a Dream,” is a popular musical that opened in London in December, 1985. The producer was Cameron Mackintosh. Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel wrote the lyrics in French, while Herbert Kretzmer translated … Continue reading

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Dying Around the Holidays

Reframing the memory of death on a special day

  “Please don’t let him die on my birthday!” “If he dies on Christmas, I will never be able to celebrate again!” It’s hard enough that someone we love is dying. It can seem even worse when they are dying … Continue reading

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Song About Loss: “Ordinary World,” by Duran Duran

Duran Duran's hit single details the intricate grieving process

Duran Duran’s 1993 single “Ordinary World” is an homage to loved ones who have died. The song serves as a remembrance of foregone times, and details the occasional yearning for those times that everyone experiences when dealing with the death … Continue reading

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“If we wait until our lives are free from sorrow or difficulty, then we wait forever. And miss the entire point.”

- Dirk Benedict
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Book Review: “This Thing Called Grief: New Understandings of Loss” by Thomas M. Ellis

The short book provides insightful ways to deal with loss and grief

“This Thing Called Grief” by Thomas M. Ellis is a treatise on loss and grief. It is a short yet powerful book comprised of tips and helpful ways to understand and deal with the messiness that is grief. Mr. Ellis … Continue reading

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