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Grief & Healing

Avoiding the Question: “How Are You?”

Avoiding the Question: “How Are You?”

by Chaplain Julia Rajtar, MAPS, BCC A woman, living in a smaller rural community, was grocery shopping. Her husband had died only 2 weeks prior. As she was shopping, people would stop and ask her, “How are you?” Her grief so new and raw, she responded with that look that went from I’m doing ok

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Don’t Take My Grief Away from Me

Don’t Take My Grief Away from Me

by Chaplain Julia Rajtar, M.A.P.S., BCC My best friend recently moved away. We have been friends since high school and have shared a lot through the years. She became one of my mother’s “adopted” daughters years ago and one of the family. Her own daughter once shared that she always thought we were family and

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The Best Gift You Can Give, Say Their Name

The Best Gift You Can Give, Say Their Name

by Chaplain Julia Rajtar As we gather to celebrate this joyous season with family and friends, we also gather in sadness after a loved one has died.   In a time of joy and merriment, it can be difficult to feel merry and bright. Even more difficult is gathering together and not knowing what to say.

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