February 2015


Supporting Those Who Have Experienced a Death by Suicide


When a friend or colleague experiences the death of a loved one by suicide, be aware that there will be a wide range and depth of feelings.  Honor and respect the needs of these bereaved in the days, weeks, and months following the death.  Recognize that each person manages t grief in their own way so be sure to ask the bereaved if they want your help or listening ear.  You may feel helpless. You may not know what to say. 


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February 18 2015


LGBTQ, Art Therapy and Grief


Grieving the loss of a loved one is difficult enough, but when the relationship is non-traditional it can become even more complicated. When an LGBTQ person cannot openly mourn the death of a loved one or when society at large disenfranchises this grief, heartache is turned inward and the healing process suffers. Sadly, sometimes folks disenfranchise their own grief. Secrecy, shame and guilt are a few of the grief reactions commonly expressed in the LGBTQ community. Turning grief inward can result in isolation, use of unhealthy coping strategies and feelings of depression.
 
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February 15 2015


Food and the Grief Connection


After the death of a loved one, many newly bereaved lose their appetite and interest in food. However food can play an important role in grief work. Food is a harbinger of memories.  Aromas often transport us to the past, providing comfort and joy in treasured remembrances.


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February 02 2015

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