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LOSS OF FAITH

There are a number of ways that we can lose faith. When someone disappoints or betrays us, we lose faith in them. Individuals experiencing the death of a loved or a significant loss (e.g. job loss) may also say they have lost faith in God, the world, society-at-large, or in people they know. This is […]

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MOURNING AVOIDANCE

Losing a loved one is without choice or negotiation. We don’t get to be a part of the decision. The death of a loved one usually blindsides us and then we are forced to try and figure out how to survive the ordeal and a life without them. Doing the work of grieving and mourning is not […]

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LOSS OF A SIBLING

When my brother died, I felt as though part of me died too. I wasn’t alone in that. Brian’s wife, three children, my mother and my other siblings all felt the same. Brian had a large extended family and a circle of friends who were also devastated by his death. His sudden death left a huge void for […]

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ANTICIPATORY GRIEF

There is nothing that takes your breath away like hearing your loved one is terminally ill and going to die. When family receives this kind of news, their world instantly comes to a stop. At first, it is difficult to believe that what you think you heard is, in fact, the truth. Life moves in slow motion and […]

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Creating Ritual and Ceremony

Ritual and ceremony is an important way to mark milestones in life. Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthdays, weddings, and graduations are events infused with ritual and ceremony. It’s important to mark holidays and “rites of passage” with celebration by taking time from our daily routine to do things differently. When it comes to a loved one’s death, it’s acceptable to […]

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THE MYTH OF STICKS AND STONES

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Remember this saying we used when kids at school were taunting or belittling us?  Well, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I am sorry to be the one to tell you… it’s a big lie! Here is my take on it, […]

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WHAT IS A GRIEF BURST AND HOW DO YOU PREVENT ONE?

A grief burst is a “perfectly normal experience” after losing a loved one. A grief burst is just that… a burst of sadness and sorrow triggered by the sight of something, a song, something you read, or by a memory.  When you experience a grief burst, you may cry, have an overwhelming feeling of sadness, […]

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RESILIENCE DOESN’T TAKE AWAY THE PAIN

To be resilient means to be able to bounce back from a difficult situation. When people hold the perception that another is strong, they also assume they are resilient and no matter what comes their way, the person is able to bounce back quickly from the situation. This skewed way of thinking is often directed at […]

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