December 2019

​Thanksgiving and the Gifts of Grief

Thanksgiving used to be my favorite holiday but that has changed over the past few years. My children have migrated to opposite coasts and their absence in the house is palpable.

This year, the first thing that comes to mind is …..Thanksgiving is here, that means it’s been a year since my dad died. So now, my kids and the grandkids will be absent and so will my father. UGH!  I would really just like to sleep through the whole weekend.
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November 19 2012

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 

Baby Boomers Approaching End-of-Life

​Let’s talk about Baby Boomers – one of my favorite subjects.  After all, it’s all about ME, right?  WE are the generation who changed the world. WE are the ones who fought for and won civil rights. We went against the establishment. We were the counterculture. 
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November 06 2012

Honoring the Deceased: El Dia de los Muertos

Your cultural background has an impact on your approach to the grief process. Culture includes gender, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, age, background,  ethnicity, race and many other variables.  Some cultures have built-in rituals to help people through the grief process. I have written about the Jewish mourning process and now I offer you the perspective of El Dia de los Muertos.
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October 24 2012

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 

​Post Traumatic Growth: It Takes a Village

I had the honor of being involved in the crisis response in the Chardon School systems since February 27, 2012, when three students were shot and killed. The impact of this incident was initially devastating, but the community has undergone a transformation that continues to this day and will hopefully go beyond.
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October 10 2012

Categories: Grief and Loss News and Community 

Asperger's Syndrome and Grief

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​Society has certain expectations of appropriate behaviors in every situation we encounter whether in the grocery store, on the phone, or attending a wedding or funeral. These unspoken expectations of behavior are known as the "hidden curriculum" and although they are not taught, society assumes we know them and will behave accordingly. Death and the experience of grief has its own language, rituals, uniqueness, and expectations. For someone with Asperger's Syndrome (A.S.), one of the Autism Spectrum Disorders, understanding the experience and expectations of grief is more challenging.
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September 21 2012

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief JoDee Coulter, MT-BC, CT 

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