Grief Makes You Crazy

FI

Grief and Psychological Disorder: Understanding the Diathesis-Stress Model

Grief can really mess with your head.  I’ll spare you my “Grief Makes you Crazy” speech, but for those who are interested we’ve already detailed it here and here and here in our blog category titled Grief Makes You Crazy. I should probably clarify, we don’t actually believe that grief makes you crazy.  Grief only makes you feel …

FI

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 …

FB

The Limited Language of Grief

I have been thinking about the limitations of language a lot lately, specifically when it comes to grief.  When you write and talk about grief as much as we do at What’s Your Grief, you become accutely aware of the ways in which language sometimes fails. There is nothing more frustrating than struggling to find the words to capture an …

Untitled1

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 …

5

You Remind Me: People who remind us of our loved ones

Last night I watched ABC’s special “The Untold Story of ‘The Sound of Music.’” I stopped on the special because I thought it would be a harmless and happy break from the murder and deception of HBO’s, The Jinx, which I had just finished watching. I was wrong. Remember when we told you that grief triggers tend to pop up …

FI

The Role of the Acute Stress Response in Grief

I want you to think about the worst moment of your life.  When was it?   What was happening?  Personally, I can think of two. When I found out my mother had terminal cancer. The morning my father called me at an abnormally early hour to tell me my older brother had been in a …