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

There's Hope After Heartbreak

You can heal and go on after heartbreak by allowing your emotions while taking care of you.
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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.
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Traumatic Grief

As mass violence is becoming more prevalent in our society, we are becoming a nation of mourners.
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Coping With Large Scale Tragedies

By Susan Noonan MD on July 20, 2016 in View From the Mist
Are you caught in the trap of information overload when bad things happen?

The Rainbow Link

A new book helps young children process the death of a pet and learn to grieve in healthy ways.

Identity Can Change Even After Death

By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on July 17, 2016 in Good Mourning
Identity is not fixed at death—some times new information or values can change the way an individual is perceived even long after their death. This can deeply affect grief.

5 Pieces of Advice You Should Ignore After a Breakup

Coming to terms with the end of your romantic relationship or marriage? Here are five well-meaning pieces of advice you shouldn't take to heart.

Homesickness: A Sign of Weakness or Strength?

Once considered beneficial, attachment to home is now viewed as dysfunctional. Is love of home a disorder? Or is it a foundation for healthy relationships?

The Most Important Step to Take After a Breakup

Research shows that women experience greater pain and heartache after a break up than men.
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A Crisis of the Heart

Why some widows can't seem to make a relationship work post loss

Taking It Like a Man: Understanding Grieving Styles

By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on July 04, 2016 in Good Mourning
Do men and women grieve differently? Some do, some do not.

How to Get Over an Ex (and 2 Major Mistakes to Avoid)

When faced with the loss of a relationship we tend to vilify or idealize our ex. There is a way out of this obsessive thinking that will help you to heal faster.

How to Practice Talking About Suicide Loss

You can decide how you want to tell your story of loss, so others can listen, and so you can feel supported in the way you deserve.

Love in Outer Space - Or Just in Your Head?

Water worlds? Kelper 62f? Stanislaw Lew’s sci-fi novel "Solaris" gave them a living angry mind. Tarkovsky’s and Steven Soderbergh’s psychological films saw it differently. Why?

5 Ways to Find Meaning in Life Following Adversity

Does the news—or troubling events in your own life—have you questioning the way the world works? Research in psychology can help.

When Fear and Facts Collide

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on June 25, 2016 in Trouble in Mind
The US is high in the statistics for mass killings of their own citizens. Will it act on research from other countries who have shown it is possible to reduce carnage and fear?