Tag Archives: Grief and loss

Cancer Treatment and Body Image

Treatment related changes in appearance are deeply disturbing but rarely discussed

“To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.” ― Simone de Beauvoir Some of the most distressing issues that people with cancer face are those related to body image. Cancer surgery, in particular, can be extremely … Continue reading

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“Canon in D Major,” by Johann Pachelbel

A Baroque composition that soothes the soul and lifts the spirit

The first time I heard Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major” I was at a retreat for the pediatric oncology staff at Stanford Children’s Hospital, where I worked. It was January, and we had just gone through an emotionally devastating holiday … Continue reading

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“When your heart is broken, the world sounds different.”

- Angie Cartwright
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Book Review: “Sugar Cookies and a Nightmare” by Carol Kearns, Ph.D.

A mother recounts her 30-year journey through grief and loss

When Carol Kearns lost her 7-year-old daughter Kristen to a rogue wave in 1976, she thought her life had come to an end. Lost in a haze of grief and despair, she spent the next 10 days praying for a … Continue reading

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Transforming the Legacy of Suicide – Part Two

From unraveling to weaving my own tapestry

It was my 18th birthday — five months to the day after my father’s suicide. Tears arrived without warning, without my permission. They burst through the protective armor that had been slowly eroding away through my process of denial and minimization. … Continue reading

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“Footprints in the Sand” by Leona Lewis

An uplifting song for those who have lost an inspirational figure

Leona Lewis’ 2007 pop song “Footprints in the Sand” is about more than just a stroll along the beach. The track, which comes from “The X-Factor” winner’s hit album “Spirit,” is a touching tribute to those who have been a … Continue reading

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