How to Help When a Friend is Grieving

How to Help When a Friend is Grieving

By Mary Cail
First published on mariashriver.com
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. . . We’re less likely, perhaps, to be that dreaded fair-weather friend when grief is caused by an accident or a heart attack, or when it happens because of a disease that leaves intellect and personality intact until the end. Such a loss is easier to understand and imagine. There’s an almost tangible “before” and “after” line—before the car accident, after the cancer diagnosis—which we know to respect. . . 

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3 Ways to Help a Friend Through a Difficult Anniversary

3 Ways to Help a Friend Through a Difficult Anniversary

By Mary Cail
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. . . On Wayne’s birthday, the year he died, my friend Suzanne and I bought cupcakes and candles, and hiked to an outcropping of boulders in the Rockies. We found a crevice between two rocks, where we lit the candles, cupping our hands against the cold April wind. I couldn’t speak. Suzanne stood up, slight and small against the huge backdrop of open sky and valley. . .

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