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May 21st

GRIEF IN THE WORKPLACE

Death is a part of life. It often happens suddenly and unexpectedly. Death is not convenient. It does not slip easily into the agenda of the person who dies or that of their family and friends, and it certainly will not fit into a normal work schedule. When people return to their normal routines, it […]

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COMPASSION FATIGUE & CAREGIVER GRIEF

Providing care for our loved ones is something we do. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandparents and friends rally to be with a loved one who is ill or injured. Caregiving may span years if the illness is chronic or terminal or the injury is catastrophic. The impact caregiving can have on one’s personal health is […]

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COPING WITH ANTICIPATORY GRIEF

This is dedicated to anyone who has lost a mother or father to Alzheimer’s. This is a painful loss for families and the journey is extremely difficult. Loss is most often associated with a physical death. However, many individuals and families are mourning losses which arise from other means. Catastrophic injury, chronic illness, and progressive […]

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TEN CHOICES TO MAKE WHEN LIFE FEELS STUCK!

Feeling stuck in our journey is a common experience for many. When it happens, we feel this “push me pull you”, which is an internal nudge to do something different in life. It’s not uncommon to have no idea where to begin. Depending where you are at on the grief journey, you may not even […]

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DEALING WITH THE EXPECTATIONS OF OTHERS

The grief journey is fraught with emotions, doubts, regrets, and what-ifs. It only takes but a couple of judgements from a supporter to make us second guess how we are doing. People often expect the bereaved to be further along the grief journey than they are. This is a very difficult situation and certainly one […]

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10 TIPS TO HELP CHILDREN IN BLENDED FAMILIES

Entering a new relationship that involves children requires patience, understanding, and an ongoing commitment from all the adults involved to keep the focus on the children and their parental relationships. Unfortunately, the unresolved anger, disappointment and grief between the separated or divorced parents will often get in the way. Parents are charged with an enormous […]

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ONE LOSS = MULTIPLE LOSSES

Two famous quotes come to mind as I write this article. The first is from Gertrude Stein’s 1913 poem, Sacred Emily: “A rose is a rose is a rose.” The other is from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet play: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Both quotes imply that no matter what […]

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THE ONION EFFECT: UNDERSTANDING THE TEARS AND LAYERS OF LOSS

As an individual travels the journey of grief, the magnitude and impact of loss is revealed in layers. Much like peeling an onion, the deeper the cut, the more tears shed. Why? Loss is incredibly painful, life-changing, chaotic, and strikes without choice. Traditional teachings state loss results from death, divorce, and other life transitions. Today’s […]

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