Topic: Recent Loss

Sitting with Grief

Through the stories of Ashley, a teen whose friend committed suicide, and Ben, a teen whose father died of ALS, guest writer Kurt Stiefvater explores the common feelings of guilt and helplessness that come with loss.

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Conflicted: Thinking One Way, Feeling Another

When grieving our thoughts and feelings may not always align. We may feel angry at the person who died, or guilty about the loss, yet our thoughts may tell us – it’s not okay to be angry, or there’s no need to feel guilty. In this article, we talk about how to align our conflicted thoughts and feelings.

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Benefits of Grief Support Groups

In a culture that often avoids talking about death, grief and bereavement, support groups provide an opportunity to share and process your grief, and connect with others living with loss. Author Patti Cox talks about the healing benefits of peer groups, no matter where you are in your grief journey.

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Stronger than Cancer

Author Alisha Krukowski does not like the euphemism that someone “lost their battle with cancer.” On the eve of the three year anniversary of her mom’s death, Alisha reflects on how the battle with cancer brought out the best in her mom, and those around her – giving the world so much more than cancer could ever take away.

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The Valentine’s Challenge

Special days are difficult for the grieving. Valentine’s Day is a particular challenge for those who have lost a spouse or partner. Author Bill Cushnie discusses coping ideas to help widows and widowers get through a day that celebrates relationships and romance.

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Dreams and Nightmares

Author Bill Cushnie discusses how dreams and nightmares provide an opportunity for us to explore feelings around our grief and loss, as well as provide comfort.

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Rebuilding a Routine

Schedule and routine provide safety, security, and structure. Following the death of a family member, all of these things are shattered. Author Pete Shrock provides practical tips on how to rebuild a routine and provide a measure of security for your children after the trauma of losing a family member.

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Starting conversations about death and grief

Intuitively, we know being able to talk about our loss is healing, but often, it is not easy to talk about it ourselves, or to get our children to talk about it. Author Bill Cushnie provides family-oriented recommendations to enage your children in conversation about your loss.

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The Work of Grief

Author Jill FitzGerald, LCSW talks about the physical task of grieving, and it’s tax on the conscious, physical body and emotional state. It’s like running a marathon, that doesn’t end at 26.2 miles.

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Concepts Children Must Understand to Understand Death

There are three basic concepts a child must grasp to understand death: 1) Death is permanent, 2) All life functions end completely at the time of death, 3) Everything that is alive eventually dies.

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