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I am Nancy Berns, an author, speaker, and professor of sociology. My life goals include defending the freedom to grieve, protecting joy, inspiring faith, finding beauty in a broken world, and walking beside others during life’s difficult journeys.

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When we enter a space of grief, what do we need to do to return to a space of joy? Do we need closure? ...

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Learning to Float in Grief

When my children were little, they did not want to put their faces under water. During swimming lessons, I watched as their wonderful coach gently worked with them to get more comfortable. First they ... Continue Reading