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Grief Recovery - Learning to Trust Life Again

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 Harriet Hodgson (November 23, 2008)  Death shook my trust in life. After losing four loved ones I did not think I would ever trust life again. Lack of trust turned my life into an exercise in existence, rather than an adventure. I did not want to exist, I wanted to dive into life and enjoy it to the fullest. How could I learn to trust life again? Learning about grief helped a lot. I learned about normal grief, complex .. (Grief Loss)

What to Do When Life Throws You a Curve Ball

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 Felecia Townsend (November 09, 2008)  Recently I underwent a major career change after I pinched a nerve while working. My previous job required a lot of physical work so when I got injured and couldn't even walk, I became a bit scared about my future work and whether or not I would be able to pay the bills. Eventually, I made it through the ordeal with the help of pain pills, crutches, and enough money saved that aloud me .. (Grief Loss)

You've Got a Friend - The Secret to Recovering From Grief

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 Otto Kreistler (October 17, 2008)  Though we never want to see it happen, tragedy can and does strike us at our most fragile moments. When we survive it we usually become much stronger persons as a result but many of us find it hard to get over their problems or to find complete emotional and mental healing. For these people, withdrawing from the world is one of the most convenient, if ineffective, solutions. Isolating .. (Grief Loss)

When Life Is - "I Just Don't Want to Wake Up Anymore"

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 Steve Wickham (October 14, 2008)  "Sometimes we have to get lost to find ourselves. " -Stressed Out: Australia's The Place To Be campaign. We seem to live in ways-in our existence-as if we were never not here. Then when we are stricken with the searing pain of loss we suddenly realise life is not quite like we're used to. It's raw, dirty, and even too real, if that could be said. This is what the Lapthorne's will have .. (Grief Loss)

Choosing Funeral Flowers

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 Peter Gitundu (October 12, 2008)  We often buy flowers for all kinds of occasions and that includes funerals. When we are saying goodbye to a loved one or a friend, we usually portray our sorrow in the form of a flower or a rose, which we place on top of the coffin or one the grave site. Usually you can buy a bouquet of funeral flowers to place on the grave site. The funeral flowers usually range from roses to tulips .. (Grief Loss)

When You Experience Loss

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 Peter Vajda, Ph.D (October 04, 2008)  Loss is not easy. It's challenging to understand the purpose or meaning behind loss. Were witnessing a tremendous amount of chaos, destruction and disharmony on the planet - man-made and natural - every time we read the papers, listen to the radio, go online or watch TV. Many of are us affected by what we hear, read and see. The question most often asked in response to difficult events . (Grief Loss)

One October Day

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 Joulin Schwerdtfeger Kent (October 02, 2008)  Witnessing people die in tragic ways can impact the life of any person. Being sixteen years old and seeing people burn alive, while being trapped on a bus, brings a whole new meaning to the word tragic. It was late October and my grandfather picked me up from school. We were driving home when all of a sudden I saw a bus coming toward us on the opposite side of the road, but smoke was .. (Grief Loss)

Bereavement - How to Cope With Grief, Bereavement, Death and Loss

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 J Seymour (September 09, 2008)  The death of a loved one is a profound source of grief and help for bereavement is often necessary to help you through the ordeal. You may need support long after the funeral because you cannot guide your emotions away from the intense grief. Coping with loss is difficult but you can work through the pain and move on with your life. Letting Go of Guilt You may feel guilty for wanting .. (Grief Loss)

5 Ways to Bring Healing in Commemoration

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 Lynn Zingel (September 09, 2008)  Death is a robber and thief, takes away, but grief and sorrow can give it back. As hard as it is and perhaps daunting at the time it is possible to recover from grief with new strengths, a new focus and a new direction. To grieve is natural and healthy. The healing process starts as you release your grief, and start to recognize and sort your emotions ( which can be conflicting at .. (Grief Loss)

I Must Finally Say Goodbye

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 Myra Lemmons (September 09, 2008)  Soon, it will be two years since you ceased to be here. I won't give in to all the basic thought processes we have been trained to perform: that you are in a better place, that you are floating on a cloud with a smile on your transparent angel face, that you are free from all of life's trials. It absolutely does not agree with my broken heart to try to justify your death with these .. (Grief Loss)

Missing Or Missing Out

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 Linda Morneau (September 09, 2008)  It is at special times, a birthday, anniversary, or just the holiday season when the changes in our lives become like elephants in the room. We can't seem to stop thinking about the loved ones who are missing from our lives. We are constantly dealing with how our lives have changed and how we are forced to live with the way things are. There is no magic wand to make things how we wish .. (Grief Loss)

Dealing With Death

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 Amit Sodha (August 30, 2008)  The debate about what happens after death will continue well into this century but I have no doubt that one day soon we will have, not just the technology, but the ability to know and go beyond at will. My personal beliefs aside, I believe there is way too much evidence, of the afterlife, for non-believers to try and dismiss altogether. I wanted to share a little bit about what I have .. (Grief Loss)

Cremation Services - Knowing Your Options

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 Chad Wiley (August 30, 2008)  Cremation is an alternative to the traditional funeral service. With cremation you have many options that you might not be aware of that can help your family through the hard process of losing a loved one. You can choose to hold a memorial cremation service with your local funeral home this way everyone can come together to say goodbye to the lost loved one, and have a time to reflect .. (Grief Loss)

Doing the Right Thing After Death

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 Catherine Harvey (August 18, 2008)  Making a will means different things to different people in different countries. In the UK, there is still a huge rich/poor divide. At the lower end of the income scale people very rarely concern themselves with making a will, although it is important for everyone to consider. Even if you have no worldly goods to leave, there will still be things to consider such as the care of minors .. (Grief Loss)

Coping With Bereavement When Someone Dies

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 Anurag Ahluwalia (August 12, 2008)  The death of a family member or close friend is an overwhelming experience that affects everyone. Children are particularly vulnerable during this difficult time as they may not understand fully what has happened or the events that led to their loss. Children's reactions to death and how well they cope depends on a number of factors, such as whether the person who died was close to them . (Grief Loss)

The Loss of a Friend - How to Cope With Your Emotional Pain

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 Carl Tambeau (August 12, 2008)  What is life without friendships or companionship? Unfortunately, there are people in our world who know this feeling all to well. . . there are people who have lost some great friends. A friend is not just an acquaintance from work, Friendship is much more than an acquaintance. We all have different levels of friendships. Trust is the core of a relationship; love is a huge part of a .. (Grief Loss)

Sometimes, It is a Bit Too Late

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 Bonnie Moss (August 11, 2008)  In Kane and Abel- a novel by Jeffrey Archer, the animosity between the two main characters, wedged a deep sense of dislike for each other. One was born to wealth and power, the other had to build his fortune. He came to America as an immigrant with the natural arrogance of royalty bloodline. Although impoverished and new to America, he managed to build an empire. He believed he had a .. (Grief Loss)

Does the Disbelief of Grief Ever Go Away?

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 Harriet Hodgson (August 10, 2008)  Disbelief is the first thing that comes to mind after a loved one dies. You can't believe your loved one is gone. Not only that, you can't believe he or she is gone forever. Sorrow defines your days. If you feel this bad now, how will you feel a few months from now? I had these thoughts after four loved ones died. My daughter's death was the most painful. Her death was sudden and so was . (Grief Loss)

An Ocean of Grief

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 Kadi Prescott (August 06, 2008)  My grandpa passed away two months ago. He was more to me than just a family patriarch. He was my father figure after my own dad left. He was my mentor, my source of inspiration and my biggest fan. In his eyes, I could do no wrong. I was his favorite and he was not ashamed to let it be known. I did not get to say goodbye. He passed within two minutes, unexpectedly. His passing was the .. (Grief Loss)

How We Live and Die - On Death and Dying

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 Iyabo Asani (August 06, 2008)  I have lost both my parents in recent years. It is remarkable how much I miss them but I am also grateful for the profound insights I have received as to how we die. Or should I say, how we live? My father was a very independent, gregarious outgoing person. I had only known him to be sick once in his life. He lived between the US and Africa. A couple of years prior to his death, he was .. (Grief Loss)

When You've Lost Someone You Love

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 Sharon Capehart (August 05, 2008)  It is never easy to handle the death of a loved one and to recover from the grief. Even if someone that you love has a terminal illness and you are told that they will eventually die, it does not make it any easier for the family. Your emotions are put to the test and only the bond and unity of those around you can you even take the first step into the grieving process. If you have .. (Grief Loss)

Pets in Heaven - We Will See Them Again Over the Rainbow Bridge

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 Jeannie Whitten (August 04, 2008)  When we lose a beloved pet, it is like losing a family member. Many people believe our pets go to a place called the “Rainbow Bridge", and play in a grassy meadow with other pets to await the time their cherished owners will greet them once again. This is a place of freedom from all pain and illness of any kind. We mourn our loss of the companionship we enjoyed with the daily .. (Grief Loss)

Living Life After a Paradigm Crash - How to Move Forward When the Life You Have Created Falls Apart

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 Chloe Taylor Brown (August 04, 2008)  Have you ever determined to be, do or have something then set out to create and design the steps and actions to manifest your desired want into your life? When I was in college I determined that I would become an international fashion model and my husband (my boyfriend at the time) determined he would become an NBA basketball player. Together we determined the age we would be when we .. (Grief Loss)

Long Term Grief - Not Get Over But Get Different

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 Judy H. Wright (August 04, 2008)  Have you ever heard someone say that in retrospect a tragedy was the best thing that ever happened to them? You just shake your head and wonder what they are talking about. How can the bad be good? Get Over Your Grief For someone who has recently lost a loved one, the future is confusing, frightening and very vague. They are not sure who they are now that they are no longer the .. (Grief Loss)

How to Heal From Grief and Loss

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 Dawn L. McIntyre (August 03, 2008)  It is difficult to not be hardened by these losses, especially if we have had to experience more than one. While I do not want to delve too deeply into my story, at this time, I can honestly share with you that I have suffered the loss of four marriages and two children. With my marriages, each loss was a door to claiming more of myself as my path had me learn who I am by experiencing .. (Grief Loss)

Is Grief Keeping You Awake at Night?

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 Harriet Hodgson (July 27, 2008)  Sleep problems are a common response to grief. Lack of sleep (insomnia) saps your energy, makes it harder to function, and harder to cope. You need regular and refreshing sleep in order to recover from grief. Bob Deits, M. Th, writes about sleep in his book, “Life After Loss. " “There is no substitute for getting enough rest while dealing with grief, " he says. But a few .. (Grief Loss)

Grief and Loss - Separation As the Forgotten Beginning

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 Sunny Alexander (July 26, 2008)  From the moment of birth, we are capable of experiencing some form of grief. You may wonder how a newborn baby can experience grief. Think about that instant of birth, when the infant experiences the shock of moving from his known world, into an unfamiliar world filled with new sounds, quick movements, and most of all separation from the most familiar of surroundings. Ideally, and .. (Grief Loss)

Surviving the Death of a Spouse

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 William Torpey (July 23, 2008)  "If you're going through hell, keep going. " - Winston Churchill Linda Palucci, widow of Eugene Palucci, did just that when she lost her husband to a brain tumor and cancer on March 21, 1992 after a long, desperate struggle. She went through Hell, yes, but she kept going. After her long, stress-filled ordeal trying to cope with Gene's illness and death, she felt it was important to .. (Grief Loss)

Living Through Loss Restoring Wholeness to a Broken Heart

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 Linda Marks (July 20, 2008)  Loss is a kind of trauma. When we experience loss, viscerally it can feel like a wrecker ball has torn through the fabric of our lives. Sometimes the loss is sudden and unexpected. A loved one has a sudden heart attack with no history of heart disease. A friend is killed in a car accident or a plane crash. A bolt of lightning strikes your house. Sometimes the loss is expected. An .. (Grief Loss)

The Power of Grief

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 Judy Davis (July 20, 2008)  One of the saddest days of my life was the day that my father ended his struggle with cancer. Initially there was the relief that he would no longer suffer, followed by the acceptance that there was no other answer for him, they had done all that they could, and his life cycle was complete. But what was shocking to me was the complete sadness and grief that I felt when reality set in. .. (Grief Loss)

Grieving is Emotionally Painful

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 DeBorrah Ogans (July 18, 2008)  Whenever you or a love one experiences a significant loss, serious illness or death it is normal to experience grief. There are many other types of losses that occur in life that can result in grief as well. Recovery issues, divorce, financial, relocation, career change, natural disasters as well as a miscarriage or abortion can all trigger one to experience a degree of grief. The .. (Grief Loss)

Grief and Hypnosis

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 Ligia M. Houben (July 18, 2008)  Hypnosis: A Meaningful Modality as we experience Grief and Loss. In life we encounter many transitions. Some of them involve losses and therefore grief. But. . . . what is grief? It is the expression of our suffering when someone or something dear to us is no longer at our side. So what happens to us? Is it normal to grieve? For how long? Although I would like to tell you exactly how .. (Grief Loss)

Express Your Feelings

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 Ligia M. Houben (July 18, 2008)  Do you express what you feel? Or do you pretend to feel something different? I think we would be a very different society if as children we would express our emotions but in a functional manner. Channeling our emotions in the correct manner is essential for our wellbeing but it happens that at times de demonstrate something different from what we are feeling. Why do we do it? To defend .. (Grief Loss)

Five Ways to Help a Child Cope With the Loss of a Parent

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 Julia Sorensen (July 16, 2008)  1. Allow the child to regress. Know that many children will regress in their behavior when they are experiencing the loss of a parent. Children may begin bedwetting behavior and thumb sucking. It is important to recognize and allow the child to exhibit this behavior for a time. 2. Encourage them to express their feelings. Children might find it difficult to express their feelings with .. (Grief Loss)

How to Help Children Who Are Experiencing Grief

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 Julia Sorensen (July 16, 2008)  To help the child it is very important that you are truthful about what has happened. When the child has questions it is important that they are answered simply and truthfully. Give them a safe place to let their feelings out about the death or loss. You might notice that the child has regressed; it is acceptable to let them regress for a time. You should also help them to find .. (Grief Loss)

Grieving Families

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 Julia Sorensen (July 16, 2008)  Families who are dealing with grief should enter some sort of family counseling. Everyone experiences grief in their own unique way and will need some sort of help in dealing with the loss. Children who are suffering from a loss of a parent will need help in processing their grief. Other members of the family may not be able to help the child because of their own grieving. A counselor .. (Grief Loss)

Strategies to Cope With a Loss

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 Julia Sorensen (July 16, 2008)  One method for dealing with grief and loss is a good network of friends. If you are lucky enough to have caring people around you, it can help a great deal. Someone who just offers their shoulder to cry on is sometimes all that is needed. Let those around you who want to take care of you, do so. It will help you deal with the loss you are facing. A strong family is another source of .. (Grief Loss)

How Children Experience a Loss

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 Julia Sorensen (July 16, 2008)  Children may begin to act out their feelings instead of talking about them. It is important that the parent or adult in the child's life let them know that acting out is not acceptable, but talking is the most appropriate way to express themselves. Children will need to be encouraged to share what they are feeling. At times family counseling may be necessary to help the child learn to .. (Grief Loss)

Getting Through Complicated Grief

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 Julia Sorensen (July 16, 2008)  For people who are experiencing a complicated grief the feelings that are normally felt will cause the person to be unable to move forward in their life. They will not be able to get past the grief feelings and could lead to depression. It is not clear why some people are able to move past grief while others are not, but it clear that treatment is necessary to help the person move past .. (Grief Loss)

When Life Happens

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 Kelly Ballard (July 10, 2008)  Recently several clients and friends have experienced hardships from house foreclosures to job loss to health crisis. Unfortunately not all things in life are “good" but with the right tools, you can find your way through your own quagmire to peace. . . 1. Becoming a victim. Often when tragedy strikes our first response is, “Why Me?" A more realistic response would be, .. (Grief Loss)

Do You Need a Grief Recovery Tune Up?

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 Harriet Hodgson (July 10, 2008)  Losing four loved ones in nine months turned into a battle for survival. I have spent months on grief work and there is still more work to do. Though 17 months have passed since the first death in the family, there are times - unexpected, surprising times - when I regress. “Did all of this really happen?" I ask myself. A recent experience sparked intense grief. While I was .. (Grief Loss)

I Cant Find My Children

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 Rose James (July 09, 2008)  Grieving may seem to be a process that causes a person to be able to cope with some traumatic occurrence in his/her life. The experts say that there are phases or stages in grieving. To mention a few there is the stage where one is in denial. No it cannot be like this . This is not happening. I will awake and everything would be as it was yesterday. There is the anger stage. Someone .. (Grief Loss)

Religious Perspectives of Death

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 Mike Vines (July 08, 2008)  Death, both to the living and to the dying, means many different things. To some extent the meaning is different from person to person but many times our thoughts are based on our religion. Each religion around the world has their own view on death, the process of dying, and what is done after death. These perspectives help those who believe make death more acceptable. Many credit their . (Grief Loss)

How to Have Celebration of Life Event Instead of a Funeral

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 Norma Smith Davis (July 08, 2008)  Perhaps your friend or relative didn't go to church and no minister or priest knew them well enough to speak of their life. Or perhaps the person was what is now termed as “spiritual, not religious". That usually means they believed in God in some form, but didn't adhere to the religious dictates of any one religion or church. There are many ways to honor this life you esteem .. (Grief Loss)

Defining Grief

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 Mike Vines (July 08, 2008)  The notion of grief management lies in the ability to cope with a loss which is significant enough to elicit the emotion of grief itself. Grief is often erroneously thought of as synonymous with sadness, but grief is a much broader, multifaceted emotional reaction. Grieving is not just brought about by the loss of a loved one, but can result in losses varying in nature - ranging from .. (Grief Loss)

Senior Grief How to Deal With Losses When Growing Old

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 Mike Vines (July 08, 2008)  The older you get the more loss you are going to experience and this loss will take many forms including friends, family, and even co-workers and people from around your neighborhood. Death is a part of life, but it doesn't mean that grief gets any easier to handle. Losing those that you love and care about is difficult at any age but many seniors feel like they are losing everyone .. (Grief Loss)

The Tragedy of Suicide

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 Mike Vines (July 08, 2008)  Having someone that you love commit suicide is one of the most painful human experiences imaginable. It is a sort of grief that is hard to imagine unless you are aware of the victim's circumstances or know them personally. Even if you have experienced the loss of many other loved ones, even through tragic circumstances, dealing with the grief of someone who is gone because they took .. (Grief Loss)

How Dirty Bunks At Summer Camp Can Teach You How To Heal

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 Dr. Mel Glazer (July 06, 2008)  When I was a child and a young adult, I spent twenty summers at Camp Ramah, a network of Hebrew-speaking summer camps located throughout North and South America, Israel, Russia and even Eastern Europe. I was a camper, counselor, teacher, division head, Camp Rabbi and assistant camp director at Ramah in the Poconos and Ramah Massachusetts. Aside from having a wonderful time learning all .. (Grief Loss)

To Mama, the Long Road Home

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 Benjamin Cox (July 06, 2008)  This is not a novel. However - if you've been poor, picked cotton, sold scrap iron from a red wagon, played Red Rover on top of a big sawdust pile, played marbles, played hooky, tasted moonshine, dipped snuff, survived a broken home, lived in an orphanage, kissed a girl, driven a tractor, been pursued by a pedophile, played football, driven a busload of kids to church, been railroaded, .. (Grief Loss)

Two Lingering Effects of Grief Forgetfulness and Silly Mistakes

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 Harriet Hodgson (July 02, 2008)  Seventeen months have passed since my daughter and father-in-law died the same weekend. I continue to do my grief work and, though I am making progress, I forget things and make mistakes I would not ordinarily make. Yesterday I came home from the grocery store again without all of the items on my list. Losing things is almost a daily occurrence. Like other grieving people, I wondered .. (Grief Loss)




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