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

The Power of Grief

Grief is a powerful healer. Instead of running from it, we need to embrace it so it can do it job.
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5 Ways to Deal With Anniversary Reactions

By Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in How to Be Yourself
Anniversary reactions are distressing and very real. Here's what you can do when anniversary memories are anything but silver or gold.
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Infertility and Miscarriage: Emerging From the Shadows

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on September 21, 2016 in On Call
Open, compassionate discussion of reproductive failure is necessary in order to combat the social stigma that surrounds it.
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Funeral Dogs

By Marilyn A. Mendoza Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in Understanding Grief
How dogs help us grieve

The Power of a Mentor

My friend Bill died today. Here's how an unlikely friendship turned into one of my most treasured ones.

Partner as Healer

As the trust and commitment in our relationship grew, I was able to speak to him about what I was experiencing: “I am a small, thin, delicate girl.

Three Core Tenets at the Heart of Suicide Prevention

By Christopher Bergland on September 11, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
National Suicide Prevention Week is September 5-11, 2016. The International Association for Suicide Prevention has pinpointed three core tenets at the heart of suicide prevention.

Good Therapy Is Good Grieving

By James F. Zender Ph.D. on September 09, 2016 in The New Normal
Journaling can help you recover from emotional and physical traumas.

When Suicide Hits Home

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 06, 2016 in Cravings
A child's suicide leaves his family with a jumble of emotions mixed with grief. Here's how one mother is trying to cope.

Was Telesinia Crispinilla Killed by a Broken Heart?

By Peter Toohey Ph.D. on September 05, 2016 in Annals of the Emotions
Does culture shape the the way we experience emotions such as grief? Here's an example that's 2000 years old and one that shows the grief of a parent that's just like our own.

Can we do too well in grief?

By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on September 04, 2016 in Good Mourning
Can we do too well after a loss? We need to acknowledge resilient grievers.

Watching A Bird Die

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on September 03, 2016 in Listen Up!
Many of us avoid the topic of dying. Spending some time with death can deepen our engagement with life.
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What Mourners Tell Themselves

By Marilyn A. Mendoza Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in Understanding Grief
How we can recognize our irrational thoughts in grief and what we can do to comfort ourselves.

Sadness Is Different From Depression

By Barton Goldsmith Ph.D. on September 01, 2016 in Emotional Fitness
Sadness is different from depression, but it can be hard to tell them apart when you are in the middle of a very sad time in your life.

#TBT Research – Why Co-Eds Should Pack Tylenol for College

Research suggests a little Tylenol may help cushion the blow of a broken heart. As it turns out, acetaminophen (Tylenol) has been found to reduce the experience of hurt feelings.

The 15th Anniversary of 9/11

Has your understanding of 9/11 changed after fifteen years? What issues concern you now?

There's Hope After Heartbreak: 5 Things To Help You Heal

Five steps to heal and move on after heartbreak.
Photo by Kristin Meekhof

5 Things Care Givers Want Hospice Workers to Know

Hospice care giving is especially difficult because of these 5 things
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What "Make America Great Again" Means

By Karen L Smith MSS, LCSW on August 27, 2016 in Full Living
In this political climate, and with this upcoming election, judging/mocking/shaming/hating/spewing isn’t going to get us an America that embraces and supports all its citizenry.

Why the Loss of a Pet Hurts So Much

Losing a pet can be just as devastating as losing a human member of the family. Validating that grief in yourself and others is a step toward coping with the loss.

5 Myths About How to Deal With a Breakup

Don't fall prey to these misconceptions about what you should be doing to grieve the loss of your marriage or long-term relationship.

The Healing Power of the Poetic

By Nick Mazza, Ph.D. on August 09, 2016 in Touch the Moon
Poetry therapy: Language, symbol and story for growth and healing through the years.

What Trump Doesn't Know That Any Commander in Chief Should

By Nancy Sherman Ph.D. on August 04, 2016 in Afterwar
Military families go to war vicariously with their service member and the grief and moral injury are the hidden casualties of war. Any future commander in chief should know this.

4 Expert Tips on Emotionally Preparing for Divorce

Many people I talk to want to know how to best manage the psychology of divorce. Direct your attention on these four key areas—financial, parental, emotional and social.
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What to Expect From Grief

You're not losing your mind; you're just grieving.

The Last Jew of Ingwiller

By Joachim I Krueger Ph.D. on August 02, 2016 in One Among Many
Here’s a personal story, the psychology of which lies close to the surface.

Surrendering, Giving Up, Resignation, Grief, and Growth

By Susan Rako M.D. on July 31, 2016 in More Light
Are you feeling hopeless about moving your life forward in some direction? Giving up can yield unexpected consequences.

Bad Listening Skills II: Responding to Grief and Loss

By Hank Davis on July 27, 2016 in Caveman Logic
What is it about death and loss that triggers the worst listening skills in most of us? No matter how deep your convictions are, you can't preach and listen at the same time.

5 Ways To Come Back From a Rough Breakup

Endless self-criticism will get you nowhere and will only intensify the hurt. Here are 5 ways to get over your ex with your self-esteem intact.

How Will Our Story Be Told?

Our lives are a matter of show and (others) tell.