Grief Support Groups: Positives and Pitfalls

The suggestion to “check out a grief support group” seems to be indiscriminately offered to people after the death of a loved one. People generally consider support groups to be a reliable and valid recommendation and many would claim they’ve been helpful to them in dealing with their grief.  Grief support groups provide many potential benefits in addition to the …


Grief and Forgiveness: Part One

I can’t remember when we first promised a post on grief and forgiveness and I couldn’t bring myself to look through old posts to figure it out; let’s just say, I hope no one was holding their breath.  Actually, I’ve started the post several times.  In fact, I wrote so much at one point that …


You Remind Me: People who remind us of our loved ones

Last night I watched ABC’s special “The Untold Story of ‘The Sound of Music.’” I stopped on the special because I thought it would be a harmless and happy break from the murder and deception of HBO’s, The Jinx, which I had just finished watching. I was wrong. Remember when we told you that grief triggers tend to pop up …


The Role of the Acute Stress Response in Grief

I want you to think about the worst moment of your life.  When was it?   What was happening?  Personally, I can think of two. When I found out my mother had terminal cancer. The morning my father called me at an abnormally early hour to tell me my older brother had been in a …


The Unprecedented Nature of Individual Grief: Trading answers for understanding

If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone say they like ambiguity, I’d be pretty broke. Studies show that making ambiguous decisions (based on little or conflicting evidence) actually activates areas of the brain associated with processing fear and emotion; thus proving that fear of the unknown is more than just an ominous …

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