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

Grieving and Healing From the Loss of a Friend

Grieving is a process, or rather a difficult climb which requires strength, perseverance and endurance.
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Can Marriage Survive When Your Child Dies Under Your Watch?

Marriage can survive the tragic loss of a child. Having these tools in place helps.

Splitting Your Ex Makes Breakup Recovery That Much Harder

Splitting is the mental magician trick of remembering your ex as only good and impedes breakup recovery. Here are five things to know about splitting to help you move on.
Anthony Mancini

On Replication and Psychological Resilience

Doubts about a recent paper that suggested we are not as resilient as we thought.

My Relationship Ended. Now What?

None of us are taught how to grieve "right." After a breakup, it's important to give grief its due so we can heal, move on, and open up to love again.

A Meditation on Love and Loss

Can Laurie Anderson teach us about love and loss?

Coping With Not Knowing What Happened to a Missing Loved One

We have become used to images of missing people collecting on street corners as signifying the hope of those searching for any news.

Surviving Father's Day

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Social Lights
Strategies for coping with father loss.

What to Do About Deep Loneliness Post-Divorce

Are you feeling like your social life has disappeared since your divorce? Here are three simple steps you can take to feel less lonely and make new friends.

Pet Loss and Youngsters: It's the "Worst Day of Their Lives"

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on June 08, 2017 in Animal Emotions
An essay by Juli Fraga called "When a Pet Dies, Helping Children Through the ‘Worst Day of Their Lives’" is a must read for everyone who has kids and a companion animal.

Five Things You Should Know About Death

What to expect to feel when someone dies

Six Signs of Incomplete Grief

While the grief process is painful, it is also healing. When it gets stalled, there are emotional consequences.

The Loss of a Child

By Asa Don Brown Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Towards Recovery
There is no greater grief, than when a parent losses a child.
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Couples Grieving a Child

Understanding the differences in how men and women grieve.
Judy Scheel, Ph.D., LCSW, CEDS

Changing the Tide for the Severely Ill Eating Disordered

​Eating disorder patients who have been on death's door provide profound opportunities for recovery. Doing the work is difficult, but fantastically rewarding: A therapist reflects.

The Manchester and London Bridge Attacks: Helping Kids Cope

Helping kids cope with terrorist attacks and weapon violence: Tips and tools.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Aging with Joy

Delia Ephron's moving essay inspires appreciation of the many ways that both experiencing and showing love can change as we age. Shifts in priorities bring changes in behavior.

An Ode to Hospital Chaplains

What are the positive contributions of hospital chaplains on education for nurses and physicians? I add my own ode to the work of hospital chaplains and of health humanities.

Day One: The End of the World as We Knew It

By Lucy C Hone Ph.D. on June 03, 2017 in Resilient Grieving
Wondering how to survive the death of someone you love? Lucy Hone reflects on three years of learning to live without her daughter, Abi.
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How to End a Relationship Without Regrets

Breakups are always painful, but all too often they are burdened by regrets. Here are ways to put those regrets to rest.

A Grieving Gorilla: A Picture That's Worth Entire Courses

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 27, 2017 in Animal Emotions
A photo of a sad orphaned gorilla and a comforting human raises numerous questions about what other animals think and feel and the emotions shared in human-animal relationships.

Straight Life Cycle/Queer Life

A psychotherapy vignette about navigating traditional milestones as a gay man.

Recycling in Breakup Grief

Just when we think we're over it, the old feelings come bubbling up. It's part of the process. Learn what to do when it happens.

The Rules of Disengagement

Even though No Contact is hard after a breakup, it's a necessary step to healing.

Coping with the Death of a Friend

When a good friend dies, no words can fill the void in your life.

4 Ways People Sabotage Their Breakups

Healthfully letting go brings self-knowledge and psychological wellbeing. Here are a few common ways that people inadvertently sabotage their breakups and divorces.
Photo by Kristin Meekhof

5 Ways to Practice Self- Compassion After Loss

Struggling with grief? Here are ways to practice self-compassion.

Is Depression Apart from Grief or a Part of Grief?

The title above alludes to a really tricky question. And a complicated one, too. For the answer to this two-part inquiry is, well, “Yes” and “Yes.”

Grief in Prairie Dogs: Mourning a Death in the Family

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 16, 2017 in Animal Emotions
I saw a unique interaction between an adult prairie dog and road-killed youngster. She pulled the corpse off the road, touched it lightly, and vocalized, perhaps saying good-bye.

The Waiting is the Hardest Part

When the outcome is not in your control, waiting for answers, waiting to feel better, or waiting to get back together can feel like life or death.