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

How to Tell if You Should Avoid Contact With Your Ex

If you and your ex cannot or do not intend to treat each other like true friends, then needless to say, it is best to end all contact ASAP.

A Man’s ABCs of Miscarriage

Miscarriage is a real and painful loss for the father-to-be as well.

Coloring Books Can Help Adults During Tough Times

By Elizabeth Wagele on October 18, 2016 in The Career Within You
For my 7-Adventurer friend, coloring within an outlined structure helped her feel more organized. Coloring can also calm feelings of distress and helplessness.

A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Healing From Loss

By Dan Mager MSW on October 17, 2016 in Some Assembly Required
Ironically, allowing oneself to feel the pain of loss takes considerably less energy than running from or trying to suppress it.

Can ‘Death Doulas’ Shield You From Bullying Around Funerals?

INTERVIEWER: Tell me more about how you interrupt bullying tactics—how you prevent folks from being harassed or made to feel incompetent throughout this difficult process
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It's Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month: How to Help Others

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on October 14, 2016 in On Call
Mark Zuckerberg gave us clues about the psychological toll of pregnancy loss. Here's more information about how to help others.

Death, the Family Killer

By Jessica Zitter MD, MPH on October 13, 2016 in Life and Dignity
Your loved one is suddenly in the ICU on life support, dying. Is your family prepared to handle it?

When Is Life No Longer “Life”?

By Garth Sundem on October 12, 2016 in Brain Trust
With End-of-Life initiatives on many ballots, here's what "Sister Cities" director, Sean Hanish, has learned about assisted suicide and when "life" is no longer "life".

How Long Does the Present Last?

How long is the present moment? It depends on how you look at it.

Middle America and the Opioid Addiction Epidemic

The opioid addiction epidemic is raging through middle America, and its families.

Giving Voice to Grief in a Novel Way

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on October 09, 2016 in Creating in Flow
A doctor imagines cloning his lost son to keep him alive in the minds of his debut novel's readers. This Q&A with the author explains the why and the how.
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Deathbed Visions: Part I

Escorts at the Time of Death

Grief Following Sudden Death of a Loved One

The sudden death of a child creates disbelief, shock, sadness, anger and guilt. The shock can be so great the siblings can become the "Forgotten Mourners."

You Think You Want Your Ex Back?

Your significant other just ended your relationship. A natural reaction to this experience is to do everything in your power to undo the damage. Should you try to get your ex back?
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How Will You Handle Loss?

By Richard Taite on September 30, 2016 in Ending Addiction for Good
Your best defense against grief will never be your ability to plan around and corral it.
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Lamentation Can Be a Good Thing

The psychological mechanism for dealing with trauma and loss only works when we feel the painful feelings and grow through them, not when we try to suppress them.

I Think, Therefore I'll Die

By Steve Stankevicius M.D. on September 28, 2016 in The Skeptical Shrink
For many, the afterlife offers the quintessential form of closing the eyes and blocking the ears. But for people like myself who do not subscribe to the stories, what are we to do?

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.