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Grieving Your Dad? 6 Tips for Father's Day

Posted on June 14, 2019 by Roxane Weddle, LMHC

Happy Father’s Day!  This weekend, we will hear and read this greeting over backyard barbecue tables and via interstate telephone calls, emails and greeting cards.    However, if you are grieving the loss of your dad, stepdad, grandad or guardian, this Father’s Day may be anything but happy. Instead, you may feel sad and lonely.  This is normal. In the words of g...

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Honoring Fallen Service Members, Drawing on Hospice Experience

Posted on May 22, 2019 by Rev. Jay Libby, M.Div.

A Care Dimensions hospice chaplain offers Memorial Day reflections on the similarities and the differences between his day-to-day role, and that of his job as a chaplain in the U.S. Navy Reserve. ...

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Camp Stepping Stones: Magical Event for Grieving Kids, Parents

Posted on April 30, 2019 by Kelli Ann Sullivan

The mother of three children recalls the healing effects of Care Dimensions' Camp Stepping Stones, a family retreat for children and adults who have experienced the death of someone close to them. The family now helps other grieving families by volunteering at the event. ...

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When Grieving a Loved One Who Has Died From Substance Use

Posted on January 3, 2019 by Erin Uzarski, MS

People grieving the loss of someone who has died from substance use need a safe space to share freely without fear of judgment. ...

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Finding Sparks in the Darkness

Posted on December 19, 2018 by Ellen Frankel, LCSW

In both the external darkness of the season, and our internal darkness as we grieve, we can search for sparks of light to lead us to a place of hope and healing. ...

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10 Tips for Coping With Loss During the Holidays

Posted on November 20, 2018 by Sandra Yudilevich Espinoza, Ph.D., LICSW

If you have lost a loved one, recently or more distantly, you may approach the holiday season with anxiety and dread. What follows are suggestions for coping with the holidays as you wonder how you will get through them without your loved one. ...

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3 Ways to Support Grieving Teens Who Use Social Media

Posted on November 14, 2018 by Samantha Alanis

Posting to social media is one of the ways grieving teens may choose to remember their person. These platforms can be a great outlet for connecting, empowering, advocating and remembering if they have proper support and oversight. ...

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Living With Grief: Learning How to Survive After Loss

Posted on October 29, 2018 by Frank Comparato

Fairly soon after this new life became a reality, I realized that survival is all about taking steps in the right direction. Sometimes it’s one step forward and two steps backwards or sideways, but it’s all about just taking that next step forward. ...

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Writing About Grief to Cope with Life as an Adult Orphan

Posted on October 9, 2018 by Susan Mineo

It's impossible to prepare for losing one's parents, and I am forever changed after losing both of mine. I am an orphan at 59. When I look in a mirror, it is a stranger looking back. I am forever, in my very soul, changed! ...

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Why I Volunteer at Camp Stepping Stones for Grieving Children

Posted on June 13, 2018 by Claire Conway

As a special needs preschool teacher’s assistant at the Riverside School in Danvers, MA, I work each day with a myriad of children, all with different abilities and personalities. All of them make me smile. I am drawn to helping children learn and experience joy in their everyday lives, so volunteering with Camp Stepping Stones was a natural fit for me. ...

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Since 1978, Care Dimensions has provided comprehensive and compassionate care for individuals and families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. As the non-profit leader in advanced illness care, we offer services in more than 95 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.