December 2019


Grief Exhaustion


One common characteristic of grief is exhaustion. If you are newly bereaved, you may be feeling more tired than usual. You may feel so tired that you think you may have the flu as the only other time you have experienced this weakened state is when you have been ill. Small tasks may seem monumental and every routine chore becomes a huge job.
 
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December 19 2011

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 


Tis The Season: Coping With The Holidays


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​For years I have been writing an annual column on coping with the holidays. Each year I get asked, “How will I ever get through the holidays?”  For so many bereaved, this will be the first holiday season without their deceased love one. The first year is difficult. The second and third year can be pretty tough too.

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December 09 2011

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 


Grief and the Older Adult


Older adults experience grief much the same as younger and middle-aged adults. However, due to their age and life experience, many factors impact their grief reaction.

Older adults often experience several losses within a short period of time. They may have a dwindling roster of family and friends and may be grieving any number of losses at the same time. In addition, older adults who experience spousal death may also lose their financial security, their best friend, other social contacts and supports.
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November 02 2011

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 


Journaling and Grief


Many people find journaling and other forms of writing to be helpful for healing. Journals can store our innermost thoughts and feelings and provide a healthy release of emotions. Journaling provides the bereaved time to attend to their grief and a way of identifying and processing though grief reactions. While the inner world of grief feels chaotic, journaling helps add structure for clarifying our experiences.
 
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October 24 2011

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Diane Snyder-Cowan 


Grief: Is it Okay to Feel Relief after a Loved One Dies?


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With our aging population, there are many of us who are grieving the slow dying of our elderly parents.  More and more of my fellow baby boomers are becoming part-time caregivers when our parents become less and less able to care for themselves. For some adults, this can be extreme, for others it is less so. It becomes routine for us to consider our parents’ needs before making plans. We make certain that they have food in the house and clean clothing.  We manage their finances and make sure prescriptions are filled and taken appropriately.  Juggling everything can be pretty complicated, but we do it because we love our parents and appreciate how they cared for us when we were children.
 
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October 11 2011

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Diane Snyder-Cowan 

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