Gratefulness & Grieving: What You Should Know

Loss and grief are often magnified during the holiday season, but so is the power of gratitude. After losing a loved one, gratefulness and giving thanks is not something that many people contemplate in the middle of grieving. At the holidays, practicing gratitude can help you find purpose in your grief and honor the emotions […]

How to Celebrate Meaningful Days While Grieving

If you’ve known loss and grief, you have maybe also known the fear of celebrating. Just like the seasons, grief constantly changes. Fall and the holiday season can be especially taxing on your recovery. As each important date comes and goes – anniversaries, birthdays, holidays – you’re reminded that the person you’re grieving isn’t there […]

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness

The month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer affects more than 240 thousand Americans in the U.S. and is one of the most common forms of cancer affecting both females and males. This month aims to honor those affected by breast cancer as well as raise awareness of preventative measures to […]

When Your Soulmate Dies

When Your Soulmate Dies

Grief as a quest I often talk about grief as a journey through the wilderness. It is dangerous and lonely. It can be cold and dark. Grievers often feel lost there for a long, long time. You probably recognize this metaphor of the wilderness of grief. Since your soulmate died, I imagine you, too, have […]

Embracing the Sadness of Grief

Embracing the Sadness of Grief

Why is embracing grief necessary? Why does the emotion we call sadness have to exist at all? Couldn’t we just move from loss to shock to acceptance without all that pain in the middle? The answer is that sadness plays an essential role. It forces us to regroup—physically, cognitively, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. When we […]

Healing Your Grief About Aging

Healing Your Grief About Aging

We worship the idea of perpetual youth, so we struggle against the passage into becoming a “senior citizen.” The huge anti-aging trend reinforces the idea that growing old is to be avoided at all costs—and cost it does! Healing your grief about aging is a journey. At our fingertips, we now have Botox shots that […]

Healing Grief During the Holiday Season

grief during holidays

Love Does Not End With Death Since love does not end with death, holidays may result in a renewed sense of personal grief-a feeling of loss unlike that experienced in the routine of daily living. Society encourages you to join in the holiday spirit, but all around you the sounds, sights and smells trigger memories […]

Healing When Your Baby Dies

Healing When Your Baby Dies

Allow Yourself to Mourn Whatever the circumstances of your baby’s death, you will need to share your grief outside of yourself. Whether you were pregnant for a brief time or many months, delivered a stillborn baby or your baby lived for a longer time, you have every right to grieve. The death of your baby […]

Healing From a Parent Death

Healing from parent death

Realize All Grief from a Parent Death is Unique Your grief is unique. No one grieves in exactly the same way. Your particular experience will be influenced by the type of relationship you had with your parent, the circumstances surrounding the death, your emotional support system and your cultural and religious background. As a result, […]

Helping Yourself Heal When Your Child Dies

Helping Yourself Heal When Your Child Dies

Allow Yourself to Mourn Your child has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death of your child. It is an essential part of healing. With the death of your child, your hopes, dreams and plans for […]