Coping With Grief

Coping with losing a loved one is one of life's great difficulties. If you have experienced the pain of mourning, you know that any way to ease the loss is welcomed. While our knowledge and study of grief continues to evolve, it's important to note that not everyone grieves the same way: We have individual patterns and outlets for grief.

Recent Posts on Grief

Children & Funerals: 5 Ways to Support

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on February 08, 2016 Fixing Families
Children often are frightened by funerals for a variety of reasons. Tips on how to support and talk

Why Some Breakups Are More Painful Than Others

Research suggests that maintaining a fluid self-concept, retaining a sense of separateness, and externalizing rejection may mitigate the devastating effects of breaking up.

The Moment I Knew

How a dying husband taught his wife a lesson in gratitude

Story of A Soul: An Intimate Conversation with Mirabai Starr

By Mark Matousek on January 27, 2016 Ethical Wisdom
The renowned mystic scholar and author talks about grief, healing, and the powerful medicine of transformation.

Adversity and the Creative Mind

Everyone experiences adversity, but some people use adversity to their psychological advantage. Do you?

Who Is NOT a Replacement Child

By Abigail Brenner M.D. on January 15, 2016 In Flux
The word "replacement" to describe a child that takes the place of another often evokes negative feelings and anger. This blog clarifies who qualifies as an RC and who does not.

5 Ways to Honor Sadness Instead of Distracting From It

While no one wants to focus solely on being sad, angry, or scared, making space for negative feelings (as well as the positive ones) can be a powerful tool for healing.

Keep Calm and Carry On with Design Psychology

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on December 30, 2015 Design on My Mind
Are you nervous when going to public places these days?

You Can't Rush Grief

By Kimberly Key on December 28, 2015 Counseling Keys
The biggest myth about grief is that acceptance is the end of the road, the solution, the place where pain doesn’t exist.

Friends and Family: Social Support Strains

The good, bad, ugly when it comes to finding support after the death of your partner

On the Other Side: From Grief to Laughter and Play

An individual in recovery from an eating disorder is no longer bound by food, weight or body image preoccupation. This Holiday Blog looks at letting go & the joy in food.

How to Deal with Grief During the Holidays

It's common for grief to spike around the holidays. These strategies can help you cope with loss in a meaningful way.

Getting Through the Holidays After a Break-Up

It’s amazing how much loneliness and loss can hurt but the whole zeitgeist of the holidays is about being together in happy families. So what do you do?

Managing Grief and Loss During the Holidays

Although exciting for many, the holidays can be a difficult time for some. If this is a rough time of year for you, it's important to take good care of yourself. Here's how.

10 Ways to Cope when the Holidays Hurt

f your holiday season is a time of grief and hurt, rather than "comfort and joy," here are 10 suggestions for finding some peace during this time of year.

Unspeakable Grief

Losing someone we love can call into question our very sense of purpose and value and meaning.

Is It Grief or a Pity Party?

Are you wallowing in self-pity or truly feeling your pain in order to move on? Here's how to tell.

Compassion After Loss

It says a lot about me that I really, really looked forward to a six-and-a-half hour training on grief after suicide.

8 Reasons Not to Be Friends With Your Ex (at Least Not Yet)

A common question after a breakup is "Can we be friends?" 8 reasons why that's not a healthy way to heal from the loss of a love.

The Holidays and Cognitive Dissonance

Merry shmerry. Six Ways To Survive Until January 2nd.

Approaching the Holidays With a Positive Attitude

By Thelma Duffey Ph.D. on November 24, 2015 Works in Progress
Are you experiencing the holiday blues? Here are some expert tips to help you out.

5 Things They Don't Tell You About Grief

Worried you aren't grieving the "right" way? There are some parts of the grief process that people don't like to talk about.

We Are All France (But Not Syria, Libya or Sudan)

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on November 17, 2015 Am I Right?
Everyone is of equal worth but we can't care about everyone; compassion is selective but justice is universal.

Ten Ways to Manage Your Grief During the Holidays

Here are ten ways to cope with grief and loss during the holiday season

10 Things You Can Do to Create a New Life After Any Loss

10 ways to create the life you want after any loss.

Why Keeping Problems Secret Only Make Them Worse

By Nancy Berns Ph.D. on November 10, 2015 Freedom to Grieve
Is this you? You hold it all together until the last person leaves the house and then you break down crying. You think, “How can everyone else be doing so well but I am failing?"

When Is Depression Not Depression? Part 1

I have been talking with people lately who are suffering with symptoms they call depression, yet I am hearing something else. Something they don’t want to talk about mostly: loss and grief, discouragement and disappointment. These are all different from each other and different from depression.

"Inside Out" and the Legacy of a Legend

By Susan Rako M.D. on October 24, 2015 More Light
What can the Disney Pixar film "Inside Out" have to do with the legacy of a mentor? How can sadness be "the vitamin of growth?"

After the Breakup, Part 2

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on October 19, 2015 Media Spotlight
A study by Carin Perilloux and David Buss of the University of Texas at Austin suggests that both men and women rely on a variety of different coping strategies to get over a breakup. Regardless of gender, rejectees are more likely to use positive strategies such as discussing the breakup with friends as well as negative strategies such as crying and pleading.

A Life-Changing Exercise for Anyone Who Has Lost a Loved One

By Ken Page L.C.S.W. on October 16, 2015 Finding Love
Perhaps the greatest secret to a love-filled life is to cherish the relationships we already have--including relationships with those who have passed. Here is a simple yet profoundly healing exercise for anyone who has lost a loved one.