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

Zeus or Sisyphus?: A Tale of Couples Therapy

By Marty Babits on July 27, 2017 in The Middle Ground
With Zeus wielding power to create anything and Sisyphus, trapped in eternal futility, how can a couples therapist help break this deadlock?

Option B and Option Buddha—Sheryl Sandberg and Kisa Gotami

A review of Sandberg's Option B, and some lessons from Buddhism about grief and mortality.

Losing a Pregnancy Only to Lose One Again

Recurrent pregnancy loss is an isolating and traumatic experience for many.
Kristin A. Meekhof

Please Stop Telling People to "Let Go" of Their Loss

Perhaps, it is time to stop telling the bereaved to "let go" of their loss.

Dealing with the Death of a Child

By Kenneth J. Doka Ph.D. on July 10, 2017 in Good Mourning
Do parents soon divorce after a child dies? What effects does the death of a child have on family systems? How can families cope with such a traumatic loss?

Animal Heartbreak: Each Individual's Feelings Matter to Them

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on July 08, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Two things people misunderstand about animals is that each individual’s feelings are important to them and "smarter" animals don't suffer more than "less intelligent" animals.

Why the Five Stages of Grief Are Wrong

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on July 07, 2017 in Supersurvivors
Despite our society’s widespread belief that grief proceeds in five simple stages, research shows that this isn’t the case. So what is true?
An excellent book to help children understand death and dying.

Helping Kids Cope with an Expected Loss

Tips and tools to help children cope with an expected loss

Julia Glass Talks About "Overnight" Success and New Novel

By Jennifer Haupt on July 05, 2017 in One True Thing
Is fame and fortune really rewarding? Sustainable? The author of "A House Among the Trees" explores the perils of success.

Mnemonic Misery

How negative emotions can improve your memory.
Photo by Kristin Meekhof

Creating Boundaries On Social Media After Loss

Not sure what to share online after your someone you love dies? Here are five things to keep in mind.
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The Healing Effects of After-Death Communications

How we stay connected to our loved ones after death.

The Wall

By Frances Kuffel on June 30, 2017 in What Fat Women Want
Regret piled up on regret until I had to hurt physically to match the internal stream of ache.

Leaving an Entire Caseload of Patients

When therapists think about termination, they generally focus on minimizing the negative impact for patients. But what happens when you have to say goodbye to many of them at once?

It's Important to Believe You Can Heal After a Breakup

Sometimes the pain of a breakup is so great that suicide seems like a reasonable option. It's not. Don't give up the day before the miracle happens.

When Life Goes Wrong

Has something terrible happened to you, that you can't understand? Grief, loss and broken dreams are a natural part of this life. Here's how to get through when it happens.

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.