December 2019


If You’ve Lost a Child, There is No Need to Grieve in Silence


October is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month. This is a time to promote support, education and awareness about this difficult topic. Too many families grieve in silence. Parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives often deeply mourn these deaths, but society often disenfranchises their grief. Well-intentioned phrases from others can be hurtful. At least you have two other children. You can always get pregnant again.
 
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October 03 2011

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 


Grief and Loss and the High Holy Days


While much is written about grieving during Thanksgiving and the many December holidays, not much attention has been given to the difficulty coping during the Jewish high holy season.
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September 28 2011

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 


Blair’s Bucket List: Renew Vows


“There wasn’t a dry eye to be had.”

So starts Debbie Galasky’s story of her and her husband, Blair’s, unexpected vow renewal ceremony. Debbie and Blair had always wanted a ceremony, but when Blair’s cancer became terminal, five years ago, it was forgotten.  

Debbie remembers how difficult it was for them to come to terms with Blair’s condition: “It was overwhelming.” Their grief replaced thoughts of a vow renewal celebration. “In the beginning we couldn’t look at each other without crying,” explains Debbie.  


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September 21 2011

Categories: News and Community Journey 


Losing a Child


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It is easy to get drawn into public tragedies when they are broadcast in court rooms and news segments on television and radio. We see folks grieving and hear news stories that can trigger our own grief reactions. Recently, there have been many accounts of a Florida trial concerning the death of a child.
 
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September 21 2011

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Diane Snyder-Cowan 


Ask Dr. Bob: Substance Abuse Problems


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My wife died five years ago. This was the most painful experience I have ever had in my life. The depth of the pain and the duration of the pain made daily functioning unbearable. To handle the pain, I started to have a drink in the evening. This seemed to help. Soon it was two drinks, then, in a very short period of time it was a fifth-plus a day. What started out to be helpful ended up being harmful. All I wanted to do was numb the pain! I now have been clean for six months and I am ready to deal with the death of my wife in a positive way. -- Clean for Six Months


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September 21 2011

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief 

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