March 2015


Death After an Overdose


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, death rates from drug poisoning have tripled since 2012. The researchers found an average increase in heroin-related drug poisoning deaths of 6% per year from 2000 through 2010. The increase from 2010 through 2013 was an astonishing 37%. Deaths have shifted from middle and older-aged men to younger white men from Middle America.
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March 26 2015


You Don't Have to Be Alone in Grief


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Many grieving people report that they feel abandoned by their families and friends. It's not that people intend to abandon them in their grief, but some people just do not know what to do or say to the bereaved person when someone dies. They feel helpless, so they either pull away or try to "fix" them. Neither way is helpful. Even if someone has had the same type of loss, he or she cannot possibly know how another person feels. Each person's grief is unique to them and their situation, life experiences, beliefs about death, relationship with the person who died, and their own emotions. 
 
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March 21 2015


What WAS… Winter, Anxiety and Sadness and What IS… Insight and Spring


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​ Experiences of grief and sadness can be compared to winter weather. The past few months of winter have produced gloomy skies, cold winds, snow and a sense of bleakness. During the winter it is not uncommon to feel down, isolated or more tired because of the cold and lack of sunshine. For the person who has experienced the loss of a loved one, these feelings may be more intense because of the emotional and physical toll grief takes on one's system. The newly bereaved may not understand the feelings they are experiencing because they have not had them before. Life may not make sense because the world as they knew it has been changed by the death. Making decisions or staying focused may be difficult due to decreased energy or preoccupation with other thoughts. If someone has lived with anxiety before, it may seem intensified. For those who have not had anxiety, it may feel uncomfortable and unfamiliar but do understand that it is a normal and common experience of grief. These feelings usually pass with time and understanding. If there are any questions about these feelings, they can be discussed with a mental health professional.
 
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March 21 2015


Gardening to Work Through Grief


​Spring is often the time we plan our garden. We prepare the soil with tender loving care and hope to see the fruits (and vegetables) of our labor later in the summer. Change is one of the constants in the world of plants. Nature has a way of surprising us with variety. No two leaves on a plant are alike and we can be sure that this year's growing season will be different than last year's.
 
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March 21 2015


A Child's View: Books Can Help


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​Reading books is a great way to learn new ways to deal with big feelings of grief. Some books talk about feelings we may experience when a loved one dies. Other books teach us cool ways to remember our loved one by creating something new in their memory. The book, Chester Raccoon and The Acorn Full of Memories, written by Audrey Penn shares Chester Raccoon's feelings about the death of his friend Skiddil Squirrel and how he creates new memories to cope with his feelings.
 
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March 21 2015

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