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“Discovering the Real Me!” by Sheryl Gehrls

Principle #4: In becoming a widow, I experienced a profound loss of identity. I am no longer a “We” but am learning to live as …

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“Reclaiming My Brain!” by Sheryl Gehrls

Principle #3: “Widow Fog” is a real brain chemistry condition that keeps me from thinking clearly. It robs me of my ability to function, and …

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“Taking Care of Me” by Sheryl Gehrls

Principle #2: Grief can be intense and overwhelming, sometimes manifesting in unexpected sadness, exhaustion, or medical issues resulting from fulltime caregiving. As a part of …

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“Finding Community” by Sheryl Gehrls

Each of the ten Refocusing Principles speaks to a specific area of being a widow. Although they may seem to overlap, they are each unique …

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“Lamenting Our Loss” by Sheryl Gehrls

Living through the loss of a spouse is like taking a ride on an extreme emotional roller coaster! One day we laugh with friends and …

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“Telling Your Story” by Sheryl Gehrls

The ancient art of storytelling has been around since before writing existed. Stories impact us profoundly by helping us make sense of our world and …

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“Rediscovering Peace: Handling Anxiety & Worry” by Sheryl Gehrls

One of the most difficult things a widow faces is anxiety. At least that is true for most of us! We know we should be …

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“Rediscovering Peace: Naming Your Fears” by Sheryl Gehrls

The past two weeks I’ve talked about Rediscovering Peace by taking time to just be quiet in God’s Presence, asking Him for peace. I’ve talked …

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“Rediscovering Peace: Counting Your Blessings” by Sheryl Gehrls

    When I was much younger, we used to sing a song in church that went like this: Count your blessings, name them one …

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“Rediscovering Peace: Focusing on God’s Presence” by Sheryl Gehrls

    For the past week, I’ve been staying with a friend in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. I’ve spent my early …


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