Topic: Spouse Loss

You Can’t Control the Waves, But You Can Learn How to Surf

The waves of grief following a loss are like the waves crashing in at the shoreline. Author Jill Fitzgerald talks about how to make the choice to ‘learn how to surf’ the waves of grief as a means of empowerment.

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Regaining Confidence in Life

Losing someone you love can seriously shake your confidence in life. Author Bill Cushnie discusses coping strategies to help regain confidence in life after the loss.

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Grieving the Difficult Relationship

“What I really wanted to say was…” Not all relationships are conflict-free, yet the unspoken rule of grief is “you don’t speak ill of the dead.” Author Jill Fitzgerald talks about grieving the difficult relationship. The one where we still had unfinished business, or our memories, and feelings toward the person who passed aren’t all pleasant.

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Turning to Friends to Aid with Grief

After a loss, your friends and family want to help, but don’t necessarily know what to do, nor do they necessarily offer the same support skill sets. Author Patti Cox talks about the three support roles people play, and how it’s important to give your friends/family permission and guidance on how they can help.

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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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