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The Power of Support Groups

Although grief is a nearly universal human experience, it is also deeply personal. Grief can be lonely. The death of a loved one can leave us feeling out of sync with the world around us and disconnected from our usual social support systems. We may withdraw in order to protect ourselves or to conserve energy. Family members may be unable to offer comfort if they too are grieving. Friends and colleagues may not relate to our loss, or they may be uncomfortable discussing death. Even sincere well-wishers often say or do things that simply are not helpful.

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April 27 2020

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Shawn Eigenbrode, MSW, LSW, GC-C 

Social Distancing and Grief

​During this time of social distancing, we are grieving the loss of our normal life.  From playdates, to school and work, religious services and yoga classes, our routine has been disrupted. Grief reactions such as fear, anxiety and sadness may be overwhelming.
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March 18 2020

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Diane Snyder-Cowan 

What Does Love Have to Do With It?

What DOES love have to do with it? Is love a second-hand emotion, as the Tina Turner song says?  Love is at the root of our feelings when someone we love dies.  The death of a loved one elicits feelings of sadness, anger, guilt and a myriad of other emotions.  We yearn for the physical presence that is no longer available.  Some of us wish that we were no longer present in this life—our hearts are shattered, and we fear that we will never be able to put the pieces back together. We may ask ourselves, “is love worth it?”
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August 19 2019

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Judy Beckman, MA, LSW, CT 

Book Review: Will Remember You: What to Do When Someone You Love Dies­ - A Guidebook Through Grief

JoDee Coulter, MT-BC, CT reviews, I Will Remember You: What to Do When Someone You Love Dies­ - A Guidebook Through Grief for Teens by Laura Dower with an introduction and commentary by Elena Lister, M.D. 

Experiencing the death of a loved one as a teenager can be paralyzing, as it's a time that is already filled with powerful emotions, hormonal changes, feelings of being alone and trying to define one's self.  In I Will Remember You, authors Laura Dower and Elena Lister work together to create an avenue for teens to understand their unique response to loss and encourage self-expression to aid in healing.

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August 19 2019

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Reading 

Could This Be Grief?

Grief impacts people in every aspect of their lives. We feel the effects of grief emotionally, physically, cognitively, behaviorally, spiritually and socially. But it can be easy to forget the impact of grief as time passes and the demands of life require us to shift our attention. This is especially true when grief crops up in areas we might not associate with the person who died. For example, we might not connect irritability with traffic and other drivers on our daily commute to the grief we feel after a parent or spouse has died. Or we might fail to recognize that we find ourselves getting more anxious when we go out of town, because we have been so accustomed to needing to be available to provide care for the person who died.
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August 19 2019

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Margaret D. Bossaller, MA, MSW, LSW 

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