Tag Archives: Grief and loss



Film Review: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” Directed by Julian Schnabel

Schnabel's award winning film show us we can endure and overcome

 How expansive is the human mind? How resilient is the human spirit? These are questions few of us ask ourselves as we go about our daily lives. Yet when tragedy strikes, the answers may be crucial to our ability to … Continue reading

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Monday Hearts for Madalene

Page Hodel creates beautiful hearts as an ongoing celebration of love

It’s an honor for SevenPonds to share with our readers the story of the Monday Hearts for Madalene project, a true account of the power of love in the midst of death. The project’s origins take us to 2005: the moment Page Hodel encountered … Continue reading

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Our Weekly Tip: Use Exercise to Cope with Sudden Loss

Physical activity may help you process emotions and diminish their intensity over time

Our Tip of the Week: Unexpected loss unleashes a torrent of emotions — shock and disbelief, anger, sadness, guilt, and remorse are just some of the feelings that survivors describe after the sudden death of someone they love. Although all loss … Continue reading

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“Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith

Heartfelt song gives a voice to grief beyond reason

We have all been there: standing before a stark reality and wishing against all reason that what we know to be true isn’t so. A common trait encouraged in children is to be moderate, thoughtful and temperate with their emotions … Continue reading

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Elephant Mourning Rituals

Decades of research and observation show elephants experience sorrow and grief

Elephants are one of the most intelligent of all animals. Their brains contain over 300 billion neurons as well as a highly developed cerebral cortex that is similar in complexity to that of humans and larger than that of almost … Continue reading

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“Song for My Father” by Sarah McLachlan

A famous singer-songwriter sings about her grief after her father's death

One of the most difficult transitions we experience in life is the death of a parent. Not only is it a significant loss marked by deep sadness and grief, it also, almost inevitably, leaves us feeling vulnerable, forsaken and alone. … Continue reading

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