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GENESIS Bereavement Resources offers support and encouragement to bereaved people. Our carefully prepared books, brochures and DVDs address some of the issues around grief and bereavement as well as encouraging bereaved people in creating a new life.

About John Kennedy Saynor

Roadblocks on the Path through Grief

by John Kennedy Saynor

You have undoubtedly taken a trip that seems to have no end of hindrances to you getting to your destination. This is especially true in large urban areas, but obstacles to travel occur in rural areas where we often encounter slow moving farm vehicles, or large wild animals running out on …

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Good Grief!

by John Kennedy Saynor

The death of someone you love is the beginning of one of the most painful times of your life. You feel like you have lost your anchor, you have lost direction, and nobody cares. Grief is a natural response to the loss of someone or something of value.

We grieve …

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The Symptoms of Grief

by John Kennedy Saynor

“There are days I think I am going crazy!” This comment is often heard from a person grieving the loss of a loved one. Part of the reason for feeling this way is because most of us are unfamiliar with what a grieving person can expect to feel.

The following will …

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How Do Dead People Get Chocolate Cake?

by John Kennedy Saynor

“Chocolate cake! What do you mean, ‘How do dead people get chocolate cake?’” This is the response I get from many adults when they read this title.

Many adults have difficulty imagining the questions children have when someone they love has died. Many of these questions remain unanswered because children are …

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The Funeral: Where Do the Children Fit In?

by John Kennedy Saynor

Many parents never stop to think about what they will do with the children when a loved one dies. Probably most wonder who they will get to baby-sit the children while they attend the funeral.

Excluding children from the funeral will delay their grieving and hinder their ability to deal with …

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How You Can Help Yourself Through Grief

by John Kennedy Saynor

During the months following a death those who are grieving often ask, “How can I help myself?” There is a great deal you can do for yourself.

Here are some tips others have found helpful:

Learn all you can about grief. The library in your local funeral home has a …

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When Your Spouse Dies

by John Kennedy Saynor

Unfortunately, the time comes in most spousal relationships when one dies. Whether the relationship was good or bad, the loss will be significant.

Don’t be surprised to find yourself grieving over someone you may not have loved. If that is the case, then you may find it helpful to …

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When Your Parent Dies

by John Kennedy Saynor

Have you ever noticed that there is an unspoken hierarchy of loss in our society? By that I mean there are some deaths which generate more support than others.

My experience has been that people mourning the death of a parent receive very little support although it is a significant loss.

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When Your Child Dies

by John Kennedy Saynor

In her book, How to Survive the Loss of a Child, Catherine Sanders begins with these words: “The death of a child is an impossible grief.” Why is the death of a child an impossible grief?

First, very few parents expect to outlive their children. Parents have dreams and hopes for …

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Anticipatory Grief: What is it?

by John Kennedy Saynor

Have you ever noticed how much of life is spent anticipating events, that are about to happen?

What many people don’t understand is that when we learn a loved one is dying we begin to grieve the loss even while he or she is still alive. This experience is known …

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