Tag Archives: Mourning

Book Review: “Fireflies” By David Morrell

The story of a father grieving for his son

“Fireflies: A Father’s Tale of Love and Loss” by David Morrell tells the story of David’s grief at the death of his 15-year-old son, Matthew. Six months before the opening scenes of the book, Matthew was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma. A … Continue reading

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Chimpanzees Grieve Death Like Humans

Studies show how chimps grieve and mourn their dead

Chimpanzees are humans’ closest evolutionary relatives. Humans and chimps share roughly 99 percent of our DNA, and chimps display a wide range of emotions. It’s also possible that they mourn and grieve the deaths of relatives like we do. A study published … Continue reading

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“The Living Years” by Mike & The Mechanics

Song reminds us to reconcile with our parents while they're still alive

“The Living Years” by Mike & The Mechanics is as potent a reminder as any to make peace with our parents while we still have the benefit of connecting in the embodied world. The singer expresses regret at not having … Continue reading

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A Intimate Glance Into the Benefits of a Home Funeral

A mother mourns her daughter with a "non-traditional" funeral

Lucia Maya cared for her daughter Elizabeth, diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma at the age of 21, when she returned to their family home to die. Historically, children often died before their parents largely due to illness and accident. Yet it … Continue reading

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“Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M. Consoles and Inspires

Song for funeral or memorial brings mourners together

The experience of grief can include rapidly fluctuating, intense feelings such as depression, hopelessness, anger, apathy, frustration, and fear. For many of us, it will be the closest we come to feeling totally, completely unhinged, groundless, and alien to the whole … Continue reading

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Children’s Book Review: “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson

A novella that introduces the imagination to the reality of loss

One of my favorite childhood memories is of snuggling up on the living room couch with a good piece of fiction. I was an avid reader. For the most part, reading was my escape from the real world, a world … Continue reading

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