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We the Widows: A Guide to Your New Life

Author Patricia Redmond felt lost after her husband of 33 years died from lung cancer. Not only did she have to cope with the pain of losing her soulmate and the father of her children, but she also had no idea how to deal with the more practical aspects of life on her own. She’s spent the past decade navigating those decisions and wants to share her experience with you.

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November 18 2019

Categories: Reading Laurie L. Mason, LISW-S, ACHP-SW 

Do Men and Women Grieve Differently?

​We all experience losses throughout our lives. When enduring a big loss, people fall into patterns that may be considered masculine or feminine ways of reacting.

Although the way we grieve is affected by many other factors besides gender, men and women do tend to process their losses differently. One generalization about gender differences in grieving is that men tend to focus on feelings of anger. They are likely to spend time in their heads, thinking. They also tend to spend more time alone rather than relying on others.
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November 16 2018

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Laurie L. Mason, LISW-S, ACHP-SW 

Is This Grief or Am I Depressed?

G​rief encompasses a broad spectrum of behaviors and feelings that are common after the death of a loved one. Many of the normal grief reactions may seem like characteristics of depression, but grief and depression are very different.

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May 17 2018

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Laurie L. Mason, LISW-S, ACHP-SW 

Book Review Grieving the Death of a Friend

The death of a friend is very often felt intensely and yet may go unrecognized by society. In his book, Grieving the Death of a Friend, Harold Ivan Smith shares his personal friend loss experiences as well as why this type of loss is often so painful. He illustrates this well through his conversational writing style and his use of quotations from other sources.
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August 22 2016

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Reading Laurie L. Mason, LISW-S, ACHP-SW 

Misguided Ground Rules of Grief

When someone we love dies, we expect– and often receive – wonderful support. However, many grieving people discover misguided "grief ground rules" which society seems to place upon them.

One unwritten ground rule: Life should return to normal shortly after the funeral. Grieving people often receive caring support just after the death, during the funeral and for some days thereafter. However, friends and relatives begin to return to their lives, forgetting that the grieving person's life will never be "normal" again. Mrs. S was very close to her mother who died. At first, her family and friends were quite supportive. They prepared food and brought it to the house. Her husband took over some of the household chores.
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October 31 2015

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Laurie L. Mason, LISW-S, ACHP-SW 

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