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 Ways We Grieve

By Ralph Ryback M.D. on February 27, 2017 in The Truisms of Wellness
Despite its inevitability, rarely are we adequately equipped to deal with the pain that follows the death of a loved one. Here are a few ways we experience and cope with loss.

3 Reasons You Can't Stop Crying Over a Deceased Loved One

By Jamie Turndorf Ph.D. on February 23, 2017 in We Can Work It Out
Einstein said that energy can't be destroyed. When we "die" our soul energy lives on. Therefore, our relationships are not meant to end with bodily death.
Photo by Kristin Meekhof

Five Things Not To Say To The Bereaved

By Kristin Meekhof on February 21, 2017 in A Widow's Guide to Healing
Wondering how to comfort the bereaved? Here are five things to avoid saying to them.

Happy-Sad: Charity Fundraising, Grief, and Hope

These events are not called “Cycle for Loss” or “Into the Darkness” for a reason. They are focused on coming out of -- surviving -- something that can be devastating.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Helping Your Adolescent Cope with Significant Loss

Parents can teach their adolescents how to make their way through significant loss when it occurs.
Krystine I. Batcho

When Your Heart is Breaking

When you lose someone you love, it can feel like your heart is breaking. Attending to emotional suffering is as important as taking care of physical pain.

Nine Types of Love

By Kimberly Key on February 14, 2017 in Counseling Keys
Cats may have nine lives. Humans have nine loves. In fact, we can benefit from all nine of these types of love.

Pet Loss and the Human-Animal Bond

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 12, 2017 in Animal Emotions
An interview with the founder of the Pet Loss Education Project, Adam Clark, who specializes in coping with the grief of losing a companion animal.

Handling Messy Breakups

By Robert Taibbi L.C.S.W. on February 11, 2017 in Fixing Families
Sometimes, in spite of your best efforts, the ending of a relationship creates a new crisis on both sides.
Markus Spiske

Falling to Pieces

By Stephen Gray Wallace on February 07, 2017 in Decisions Teens Make
How to process the permanence of loss? Of course, there are the well-known stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression (or despair) and, ultimately, perhaps, acceptance.

Grief Is Another Word for Love

By Sophie Sabbage on February 06, 2017 in The Cancer Whisperer
Are you waiting for grief to bring closure? That's not its job.
Sarah Baker/Flickr/CC by 2.0

Prisoners Working With the Dying

How prisoners can learn compassion.

Valentine's Day After a Breakup

Valentines Day is mistakenly thought of as the epitome of love and it's anything but.

Breakups and Our Unresolved Losses

It's important to understand that the pain of grief is not just about your recent loss, but every one before.

10 Things to Consider When Someone You Love Has Depression

Do you know or love someone who struggles with depression? Here are ten things to consider about their situation.

Getting Over Rover: Why Our Grief Over a Dog Is So Intense

By Frank T. McAndrew Ph.D. on January 29, 2017 in Out of the Ooze
Those of us who have loved a dog know the truth: Your pet is never "just a dog," which explains why we miss them so much when they pass away.

The Emotions of Grief After a Breakup

Many will tell you not to waste your tears on a former love, but grief is the healing feeling. It must have its due for you to be happy once again.

J20: Mo(u)rning in America?

Immediate memorials at the sites of sudden death conflate mourning with protest. This blog suggests that the J20 protests protest with mourning.

10 Ways to Cope With Big Changes

Change will happen in life—it always does. So how can you go through change and come out even better than before? These 10 tips will show you how.

When a Loved One Threatens Suicide

There are no easy answers, but facing the reality of loss sometimes works better than trying too hard to prevent it.
Krystine I. Batcho

Beyond Hate: Healing in the Aftermath of Violence

Defeating hate is one of the most pressing issues of our time. How can we move beyond the impact of hate-filled violence?

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Sharing

7 ways we can share with someone we love, 8 mechanisms of how they work, and 9 explanations for why they are effective help us appreciate the power of this tool for showing love.
Kristin A. Meekhof

Breaking Bad: Things to Consider When Delivering Bad News

Why Empathy Matters In Breaking Bad News

Grieving: Should You Dive Into Emotion or Jump Into Action?

By Deborah L. Davis Ph.D. on January 10, 2017 in Laugh, Cry, Live
Is diving into emotion the "right way" to grieve? Research shows that both "feeling" and "doing" can help people cope and adjust to adversity. What's the right blend for you?
Source: Kristin A. Meekhof

Yes, It is Possible To Die From A Broken Heart

Yes, Broken Heart Syndrome Is An Actual Medical Condition

When There is Nothing to Say

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on January 08, 2017 in Obesely Speaking
Witnessing the transition from a place in time to a place in eternity.
Jordan Whitt/StockSnap

Talking to Children About Death

What should we tell our children?

Nathan Stocker’s New Normal

By Michael Friedman Ph.D. on January 04, 2017 in Brick by Brick
On one level, things are going great for Nathan Stocker and his indie rock band Hippo Campus.

Complicated Grief Is Complicated

By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on January 03, 2017 in Good Mourning
The DSM-5 now recognizes that grief can be complicated. Yet more changes are likely in the future

10 Tips for Dealing with New Year Grief

It's not easy for many of us when the holidays are hard. Here are 10 suggestions for coping with the new year's arrival.