All Kinds of Coping

“I should have known…”: Understanding Hindsight Bias in Grief

People have a natural tendency to sift through the ashes of tragedy in search of explanations. To quote Holocaust survivor and psychiatrist Viktor E. Frankl, “Man’s main concern is not to gain pleasure or to avoid pain but rather to see a meaning in his life.” The search for sense in the seemingly senseless is …

Grieving Someone You Didn’t Like (because it happens)

Let’s be honest, sometimes people die who you…well…hated. That sounds really harsh, but sometimes it’s true.  Or even if you didn’t hate the person, maybe you really didn’t like them…or you had a love/hate relationship…or you found them very difficult…or your relationship with them was difficult.  There are a number of ways this can play out, but …

Coping with the Conflicting Emotions of Grief

How are you feeling today? Yes…you. It’s a simple question. You’re asked a version of it every day. You know how to respond. Keep it simple. Choose a one to three word answer. Bonus points if you choose something neutral-to-positive that doesn’t require a follow-up question. Don’t say anything awkward or concerning (unless you’re certain …

Eight Step Plan for Mastering Grief (and other important nuances)

William Shakespeare once said, “Well, everyone can master a grief but he that has it.” Now this may have been true in 1598, but that was before WYG’s ‘Eight Step Plan for Mastering Grief’! Read on grief friends and you will see that we have demystified and distilled the ever confusing experience of life after …

Winter is Coming: 64 tips for grieving through the winter blues

Okay, so it may feel like we are jumping the gun with a post about winter blues on the first day of fall, but we have good reason.  I promise.  Weather can have a real impact on mood and coping, whether you like it or not.  There are those of you who love the dark …

Conceptualizing Progress in Grief

We often use the simile that grief is like a journey and while grief is a little bit like a journey, it’s not the perfect comparison.  The word ‘journey’ is not quite right because (1) I think it makes grief sound way more exciting than it is and (2) journeys are usually direct and typically have an endpoint. Grieving is …


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