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Be Kind to Me, My Mom Just Died

Be Kind to Me, My Mom Just Died

By Chaplain Julia Rajtar, MAPS, BCC Sometimes I think I need to wear a t-shirt that says, Be Kind to me, my mom just died. It seems that as I walk around, unable to focus, my heart broken from sorrow and sadness, life all around me goes on as if nothing is different. That might

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A Time of Hope – Spring and Easter

A Time of Hope – Spring and Easter

by Chaplain Julia Rajtar, MAPS, BCC   After a loved one dies, we seek consolation from the pain of their absence.   One of the ways the bereaved find meaning out of the death is through the lens of faith.  Many have said “my faith teaches me that one day we will be together again in

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To Share or Not to Share: Do parents express their grief with their younger children?

To Share or Not to Share: Do parents express their grief with their younger children?

by Chaplain Julia Rajtar, MAPS, BCC   “I need to be tough for my kids. They don’t need to see me cry,” one parent said to me about their 3 and 7-year-old children. As we began exploring this statement, it became evident that the parent didn’t want her young children to worry about her if

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