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The Importance Of Mourning Losses (Even When They Seem Small)


When someone close to you dies — maybe a parent, a spouse or a sibling — it’s a big loss. Those around you might acknowledge that loss by showing up with food, checking in or maybe sending a card. But what about when a neighbor dies? Or that long-awaited family reunion is cancelled? There’s a chance others might not acknowledge or recognize it as a loss — and you may even feel guilty for even feeling this way.
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A memory wall at Soaring Spirits International’s “Camp Widow” showcases special moments with deceased spouses. Photo: Daylina Miller, WUSF News
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Love In the Air at ‘Camp Widow’


Valentine’s Day is almost here. Reminders to buy roses, chocolates or jewelry for that special some one are everywhere. For those whose spouses and partners have died, all that commercialized romance just plain hurts. Health News Florida went to a retreat last week in Tampa, designed to help take the sting out of Cupid’s arrow. Called Camp Widow, the conference lets surviving loved ones laugh and cry through the loss.
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