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Heart Connections: You May Live with Sorrow, But You Don't Have to Live Sorrowfully

By Benny Jasso, Sr. – as told to Terri Schexnayder The Charreada (Mexican rodeo) was an event for our whole family.  My sons, Benny Jr. and Dennis, whom I began to train when they were young, would participate in the rodeo’s nine events. My wife Alice cooked and raised funds for many events. I loved …

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Heart Connections: When A Simple Hug Sparks a Chain Reaction of Love

When University of Texas sophomore Dina Ragow called The Christi Center, she had no idea how much it would change everything – both then and in the future. Dina had just lost her mother to colon cancer, right on the heels of losing her only sibling, Dana, to leukemia just two years prior. She could …

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Grief and Sleep – It's Not Just for Kids

Recently, our Kids Who Kare Coordinator Christi Neville, LPC shared this information with the caregivers of children who attend these groups. Since grief affects sleep for all of us, not just in children, we thought it would be helpful to share with you.  Recently at one of our groups, the kids were asked how they …

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Heart Connections: Kids Giving Back

by Roque Hesson Overcoming losing my mother when I was five, my brother when I was ten, and my stepmother when I was twenty-two has shown me so much. The grief process will never be the same for everyone; the grief process will never be delicate; the grief process will never become routine. There is …

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Bringing Bereavement Out of the Closet

by Laura Barron Recently I attended the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling’s conference in San Antonio. When I saw the lineup of topics, I jumped at the chance to attend the session entitled: BRINGING BEREAVEMENT OUT OF THE CLOSET: PARTNER/SPOUSAL BEREAVEMENT AMONG LGBTQ+ INDIVIDUALS. In my short time interning at …

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