Grieving the Death of a Spouse or Significant Other

Death, regardless of the details, is capable of devastating those it leaves behind.  Brother, sister, son, daughter, mother, or father – all losses are significant.  Although commonalities exist amongst people who have experienced a certain type of loss, individual grief is as unique as the person experiencing it and their relationship with the person who …

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The Reality of Growth and Grief: where the hell is my rainbow?

If you regularly read WYG you might have noticed that Eleanor and I can be a wee bit pessimistic from time to time.  Okay, maybe a little more than a ‘wee bit’.  Actually, get me and Eleanor in a room together and you will find us holding half-empty glasses of cynicism, playing a drinking game called – what …


The Truth about Posttraumatic Growth After Loss

Litsa and I have long had a bee in our bonnet over the rhetoric around grief self-help.  Not all grief self-help of course, but specifically that which puts forth the notion that, with the proper perspective, a person’s grief will become a vehicle for “transformation” “renewal” “self-discovery” or “metamorphosis”.  Although I can’t claim that these ideas are …

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When Your Best Friend Dies

We got an email last week from someone who lost a friend.  Not just any friend, her best friend.  The kind of friend that is family.  You know the kind of friend I mean.  Here is a little clip from her email: I have had a terrible time finding anything online about losing your best friend. She was …

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Grief After Traumatic Loss

Recently a reader emailed us and asked if we’d write a post about grieving a violent death. She’d been looking around the Internet for resources and information on the topic and had noticed the literature was a little light.  That’s not to say good resources don’t exist, it just means they’re hard to find, so …

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