September 2013


Grief and Celebrity Deaths


Cory Monteith, Eydie Gorme, Dennis Farina, Bobby Blue Bland, James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Joyce Brothers, Richie Havens, Jonathan Winters, Annette Funicello, Van Cliburn, Bonnie Franklin. This is just a small sampling of the many celebrity deaths in my lifetime.


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September 27 2013


When a Friend Dies


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What happens when friends grieve over the death of a friend? Typically friends are not considered immediate family and are passive participants in the rituals after death. Most emphatically, society dictates that the friend's grief must not seem to overshadow the grief of the family. These expectations can make it very difficult for the grieving friend to truly express the depth of their sorrow.
 
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September 21 2013


Memorializing Loved Ones with Tattoos


Honoring the deceased takes various forms. Many bereaved young people have tattoos that memorialize their loved one. Getting a tattoo is often part of a ritual, and rituals are vital in grief work. Just as grief hurts, getting a tattoo is physically painful. In time grief softens, but it is always a part of you.


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September 21 2013


Losing an Adult Child


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Although we grieve when a parent dies, it follows the natural order of things for children to bury their parents, especially if they are elderly or sick. But, for parents, the idea of losing a child is inconceivable no matter how old that child is. When a young child who is terminally ill dies or is tragically killed in an accident, there may be thoughts that life isn't fair. How could such a young child die? He or she didn't even live long enough to do this or that. Why would God let a child die? The thoughts when an adult child dies may vary, but are nonetheless painful and sad.
 
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September 21 2013


Ask Dr. Bob: Feelings of Guilt


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 I often wake up after a couple of hours of sleep and can't fall back to sleep again. That's when they start. The feelings of guilt that I have regarding my spouse's death start playing over and over again in my head. During the day, they are not as bad if I keep real busy. But, at night, wow! Unbearable! What can I do to stop these thoughts? Help! 
 
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September 21 2013

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