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Thinking About Thinking (and Grief)

We have talked many a time here about how grief can make you feel a bit like you’re losing it.  Emotions overwhelm you, thoughts and feelings are running amok, it can feel like your brain was highjacked.  Some days you feel like your brain is somehow disconnected from yourself, you are feeling, thinking, and doing …

survivor guilt

Understanding Survivor Guilt

Guilt.  We have talked about it from a lot of different angles around here.  We have talked about the shoulda, woulda, couldas.  We have talked about regret, about guilt after an overdose death, and about how to find self-forgiveness when we are grieving.  Just when you thought there was no way we could keep talking …

Support for Grieving Children: Grief Centers and the National Alliance for Grieving Children

Oh man, you should have seen us the other day, heavy bags slung over our shoulders dragging oversized and awkwardly shaped boxes through the parking lot of the Red Lion in Jantzen Beach, Oregon.  We were determined to safely get everything inside in one trip and one trip only. “You got it?” Litsa asked “I think …

Grief and Psychological Disorder: Understanding the Diathesis-Stress Model

Sometimes grief can cause such extreme distress that it becomes unclear to the person what they are really dealing with.  I don’t mean in the first few months because the first few months are almost always hell.  In fact, up until recently clinicians were advised not to diagnose things like major depression and anxiety in individuals …

Grief and Gender

We are usually pretty hesitant to even hint at categorizing, labeling or classifying grief. There are so many different grief responses that can and should be considered ‘normal’ and no two people will have the exact same feelings and experiences after a death, not even those from the same family, region, religion, or culture. All …

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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