March 2015


Grief and Substance Abuse


For some, the pain of grief is unbearable. To quote a colleague — we live in a death-denying, pain-avoiding society. To numb the pain of grief, some folks choose to have a have a drink in the evening. And then have two drinks and before long it is a fifth a day and then some. Some turn to other substances, prescription drugs or narcotics.
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March 19 2015

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 


When the Language of Grief Includes Swearing


When there are no words, swearing works. Sometimes adults curse in expressing their grief. And that's perfectly okay.  While it's fairly common to hear a millennial say "This f...ing sucks," it can seem shocking to hear an 80-year-old say "I hate this s..t. It wasn't supposed to be like this." As startling as this may be, it captures our attention.
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March 08 2015

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 

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