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Feeling Nothing During Grief: The disorienting experience of emotional numbness

There are so many things one can feel in this life – anger, joy, jealousy, love, shame, happiness, embarrassment, amusement, sadness, euphoria, frustration.  The roller coaster of emotion whips over high peaks, spins, and dips over and over and over – it’s thrilling and it’s scary and it’s one hell of a ride. Except, I want you …

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Grief Meets The Smart Phone

It won’t be news to any of you when I say that while you are grieving you can be doing fine one minute and having a total meltdown the next (sometimes in Target, in the sock aisle).  There are plenty of phrases to describe this phenomenon – grief waves, TUGs (temporary upsurges of grief), grief …

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The State of Good Grief Support: Impressions from the ADEC annual conference

This past week, in a Grand Hyatt a quarter of a mile from San Antonio’s River Walk, hundreds of professionals from the fields of death, dying, grief and bereavement converged for the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC)’s Annual Conference. Renowned grief theorists, enthusiastic young students, hospice workers, grief therapists, and even a few grief-website–type-people all gathered …

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Supporting Children After a Suicide Loss: a guide for parents and caregivers

Back in August of 2014, when millions of people collectively gasped and grieved the tragic and unexpected death of Robin Williams, one of our wonderful grief-friends allowed us to interview her on talking to kids about suicide.  We knew from comments and questions that many of you were struggling with what to say to your …

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What would you tell your younger self about grief?

When my mother died, I knew nothing about grief. Truthfully, I knew nothing about life either. Like most, I entered grief with only a handful of assumptions and a few preconceived notions. Despite being a bit of a navel gazer, I was unwilling to slow down and evaluate what I was experiencing; I had no idea …


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