June 2015


Creations from Special Belongings


​When someone you love dies, being surrounded by their belongings can be both a treasure and a stressor. What is the best thing to do with all that stuff?

Do you toss it in a dumpster, donate to your local charity, save it for other people, save it for yourself or sell it?!  And how do you decide what to keep? And if you do keep it, what do you do with it?
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June 22 2015


A Child's View: Tips to Feel Normal


When you lose someone you love it may feel as though your world has been turned upside down. Things may be completely different in your life or everything may still look the same but you feel different. Whether you lost a loved one unexpectedly or knew they were going to die, the world may still feel strange, unfair and unpredictable. Frequently one of the feelings that you experience after a loss is WORRY.
 
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June 21 2015


Guilt Can Be Normal


​Feelings and thoughts of guilt are a common reaction to grief. Guilt can also be one of the most challenging emotions to work through on our grief journeys. You are not alone with your struggle. It is not uncommon for a bereaved person to wish they could have done more to stop the death. It is also not uncommon to wish you had treated a loved one differently before they died. This can be particularly challenging if the death was sudden or viewed as preventable. Sudden death prevents us from completing any unfinished business that we had with our loved one.
 
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June 21 2015


Grief and Travel


The days are longer, a summer breeze is in the air, songbirds are singing, and grief continues to hang on even through the transition of seasons. It seems as though one ought to have an opportunity to escape grief just as people vacation from work or the busyness of life. Some may even think if they could just get away and focus on their grief, they'll "get over it faster," or be better able to handle the variability of its emotions.
 
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June 21 2015


Losing a Pet


In addition to grieving the death of a special person in our lives, many of us have experienced the death of a pet. For pet owners, animals hold a special place in our heart and life. It is natural to grieve when these treasured friends die.

The love relationship between pets and their owners takes on many qualities – companionship, comfort, security and love. When a pet dies, these aspects of the  relationship are lost and the grief can be intense. Yet society often disenfranchises pet loss with clichés and unhelpful comments such as "you can always get another one."
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June 21 2015

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