Author Archives: Eleanor

“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 …

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 …

Coping with Self-Doubt in the New Year

This morning Litsa and I ran our usual Thursday morning workshop at an emergency shelter in Baltimore City.  We’ve been visiting this particular shelter for almost three years now, so from start to finish our visits have become pretty routine.  We come, we put out coffee and donuts, a handful of residents turn up to eat and drink …

We Remember in 2016: Reader Remembrance Gallery

Litsa and I thought about writing an obligatory New Years post.  Maybe ‘Top ten posts to motivate you in 2017‘ or ‘WYG’s most popular posts of 2016’ or something like that.  We thought about it, we brainstormed, but we didn’t feel inspired.  If you really really want New Years posts, we’ve written them in the past. Here are our favorite two: …

Hang in there…

We want to take a minute (really, this will only take a minute) to remind you to hang in there. Hang in there when you struggle through making their favorite, most special recipe. Hang in there when you hear that song that reminds you of them and always makes you cry. Hang in there when you have one …

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 …


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