5 Reasons Why it Can Be Hard to Cope With Loss

A few months ago we received an email asking us to explain the difference between “grieving” and “coping”.  Although these are two distinct and different undertakings, they do intertwine so I can see where someone might have difficulty differentiating between them. If we define grief as distress caused by bereavement or a person’s response to loss; then we …

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The Smart Parent’s Guide to Supporting Grieving Children

Eleanor and I have been sitting around sulking because our shoestring budget prevented us from attending the National Alliance for Grieving Children conference this year, which happens to be going on as I type.  Grief blogger problems, I know.  But we’re legitimately sad, both because we are going to miss a lot of great learning …


Death, Grief, and Shattered Assumptions

“Some people’s lives seem to flow in a narrative; mine had many stops and starts. That’s what trauma does. It interrupts the plot. You can’t process it because it doesn’t fit with what came before or what comes afterwards.” ― Jessica Stern You never think the worst will happen to you, and then one day it does. …

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An Open Letter From A Grieving Friend

Dear close friend who disappeared after someone I love died, Hey there.  It’s been a while since we talked, a long while in fact.  I have been thinking about it and it seems time we catch up.  Let’s start by reviewing the course of events that contributed to the distance between us, as I remember them. …

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Grief Is More Than Sadness

There are a lot of things we love about writing a grief blog, but if I had to pick one of my favorite things about the work we do it is meeting new grief friends – lots of new, fabulous grief friends.  What do grief friends do?  We talk about grief, of course. Allison Gilbert, …

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