February 2016


Coloring Grief


February was a busy month growing up. It began with my parent's anniversary on the first and then birthdays and holidays throughout the month. This month would have marked 68 years. Dad died four years ago but to my mom he is still a strong presence in her life. She routinely has conversations with him and feels his presence in their home. 
 
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February 05 2016


Chicken Soup for the Soul - Grief and Recovery


In Chicken Soup for the Soul there are 101 stories about surviving the loss of a loved one. They cover all types of loss—a spouse, sibling, parent, loved one and friend. The narrators, who come from all ages and all walks of life, describe how they found hope and strength through the grief process.
 
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February 05 2016


Meaning Making and Art Therapy


​Bereaved people are left with a hole in their hearts and an empty space in their lives. Their whole identity may be up for question: Who am I now that my
loved one has died? What do I do now? What is my purpose or role now? How do I go on without my loved one? These are all questions that grieving people have to find the answers to.
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February 04 2016


Grieving the Death of a Parent


Spring is right around the corner complete with fresh air, warm breezes and budding plants.

Spring is also the time of year when Mother's Day and Father's Day are celebrated. For those grieving the death of a parent or guardian, these holidays can stir mixed emotion.
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February 04 2016


Rearranging from the Outside In


​This season is traditionally marked as the season of new beginnings, fresh starts and commitment to our resolutions and goals.

For those who are grieving, the relief of having survived the holidays may have worn off. They are looking at spring and questioning “now what?” During the first year of grief try to avoid big life-changing decisions. You may not have the energy to look beyond the end of today.
 
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February 04 2016

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