Grief & Loss Information

Grief & Loss Information

Men and Grief

Men grieve differently from women. Our cultural roles make it difficult for men to look for support, and harder again to accept it.

Understanding Grief and Loss in Times of War and Disaster

There are many different kinds of losses we can experience in our lives. Indeed, loss in human beings has its beginnings in the birth process that separates the infant from the comfort and security of the mother's womb into a world where survival is conditional and predicated on individual responsibility.

Sympathy Flowers

Sending a floral tribute is a very appropriate way of expressing sympathy to a family who has experienced the loss of a loved one. Flowers express a feeling of life and beauty and offer much comfort to the family.

Cultivate a Friendship with Death

Why We Fear Death"Men fear death as children fear to go in the dark." - BaconThere may be a thousand reasons why we fear death, but most of all we fear death because we fear the unknown, and death is an unknown entity to most people.

Terminal Illness- Death and Grief

No one likes to think about illness and death, when we are well, we feel invincible and there is nothing that can prepare us for the shock and devastation of a terminal diagnosis. The knowledge that we can no longer take our lives or the lives we share with our loved ones for granted takes away our ability to plan for the future and removes hope from our lives.

One Womans Way of Dealing With Grief

All of us at one time or another have felt grief: perhaps over a lost job, lost love, or the most heartbreaking, the death of someone we loved dearly. Each of us goes about the task of grieving in our own distinct way.

How To Write A Eulogy

Remembering someone special in a personal way can be healing for everyone concerned, for a eulogy is a deeply personal way of saying goodbye. The key word is life, and you've been given the opportunity to celebrate a loved one's life in the individual way that made your friend unique.

Moving Beyond Grief and Loss

In my work as a coach and therapist, I have seen many clients dealing with losses of all kinds-loss of loved ones through death and divorce, for instance. These experiences are difficult for everyone.

How to Cope with Anticipatory Grief

Anticipatory grief is the name given to the mix of emotions experienced when we are living in expectation of loss and grieving because of it. Anticipatory Grief is particularly relevant to those who have received a terminal diagnosis and for those who love and care for them.

How to Turn Grief into Joy

I was with my daddy when he died. Excuse me, I was with my daddy when his spirit left his body.

Dealing With Grief and Loss - How to Mend a Broken Heart

What is it about Grief & Loss that upsets us so much? Is it the heavy duty emoting that we have to do to get through our suffering? Is it the fear we have about opening ourselves to all this pain? Because, let's face it, it's hard down there, in the land of grieving where all those emotions toss us around like a cork on a stormy sea.We understand that this is necessary, at a surface level, but how we are feeling is what really counts.

And You Always Will

I opened the dishtowel drawer for about the sixth time, hoping the towels had somehow magically appeared.The brand new towels still weren't there, of course.

Scared to Death of Dying and Denying Grief

When I invited Martha to the gathering at my house, she accepted the invitation cheerfully. Martha was new to the area and so I thought this small potluck I was hosting would be a chance for her to get to know other women in our town.

A Critical Assessment of Euthanasia

The question of whether, say, a man should have the right to take away his life granted pain and suffering have overcome him is a very important question today. A different way of putting this question is this: 'Should a man have the right to take away his life if he ceases to function as a human being?' This matter would have been laid to rest had it not been that it strikes at the heart of law, key matters of health, and morality.

Suicide - An Eternal Pain

Suicide is the one form of death that has quite a stigma attached to it. It brings with it a feeling of shame and betrayal.

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11/16/2017 04:05 PM
The Company of God's Presence in the Numb Night of Grief
SOMETHING is common in the experience of those who have been broken by a pain that rips their lives to shreds. God's Presence.
11/16/2017 08:14 AM
The Grief Integral to Full Faith Allegiance in Christ
FALSE truths and half-faiths there are plenty of in the Christian walk; both as far as dogmas and lived-out varieties are concerned. John Stott was right when he said that heresy is the over-emphasis on some truth without allowing other truths to qualify and balance it. (And this article will no doubt feature an imperfect mix of truth!)
11/09/2017 04:04 PM
Do You Ever Ask, Did It Really Happen?
BUZZ goes the phone, and as I check for the message it's a friend. He reminds me of the significance of a date (tomorrow) I already know - yet, suddenly, God has me go in on a journey. He shows me something surreal. It catches me by surprise.
11/09/2017 03:54 PM
He Who Made You Will Make a Way for You
IF you're battling today, to hold it together, or to take that next step, or maybe to simply halt that slide backwards, consider this. Whatever happens, whether you succeed or fail, you're dearly loved.
11/06/2017 07:56 AM
On the Other Side of Acceptance
REALITY is only a threat when we cannot live in harmony with the truth. Yet reality is a real issue for every single one of us. It's a phenomenon that must be mastered if we're to live the life every human being is purposed to live. Comparatively few ever do. Yet it's the opportunity God freely gives each one of us.
11/05/2017 08:59 AM
God Is for You and With You in Your Trial
UNDER spiritual attack, one of the first things we forget is that God is for us. Our Lord is present and powerful in all circumstances, especially when we're weak, and that's because we're more likely to pray and to lean not in our own understanding when we're being overpowered.
11/04/2017 10:54 AM
Endurance Is Easier When We Accept Life Is a Test
NOBODY really likes the sound of that title, I know. But deeper consideration of this truth evokes the super-conquering hope Paul talked about in Romans 8:37.
11/01/2017 04:33 PM
How the Stages of Grief Manifested in Me
The stages of grief theory was of course posited by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross (and David Kessler). It involves denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and finally, acceptance. The strength of the model is it highlights real stages we go through as we experience loss. One of its weaknesses is it's not linear - the stages tend to reoccur chaotically. But it's overall flow is true. Here are my observations of the grief I've experienced over the past three years:
10/26/2017 04:13 PM
Man of Sorrows for the Man and Woman in Pain
JESUS hung out with all the wrong types, because no ladder-climbing was done there. He sought out the lonely, broken heart, unlike His detractors who loved ladder-climbing.
10/25/2017 08:19 PM
The Gloves Come Off - A Look at the Transformation of Death
Grieving is so very individual. If you are struggling with the loss of a loved one I highly recommend that you seek professional or spiritual council. With help you may find that you are able to embrace the transformation of energy and use it to create something new for yourself.
10/24/2017 04:06 PM
Every Response to Loss Is Appropriate
As all grief is real, all responses are appropriate, commensurate with the pain we experience. It only grieves the spirit in us more when we're told we're doing grief wrong.
10/23/2017 08:06 AM
Why Grief Isn't Depression and One Thing You Can Do About It
HAVE you ever visited a psychotherapist once, never gone back, and realised it was the best hour you could have ever spent? I've had one of those experiences. And the older gentleman taught me the difference between depression (which I thought I had, but didn't) and grief (which I had). Sure, I was depressed, but...
10/20/2017 09:04 AM
On My & America's Collective Suffering and Loss
The world is collectively choosing to undergo experiences of loss and hurt. The veneer of "everything is okay" with America is eroding on an inner level as well as on the outer level we all see. Collectively, we have all decided we want something better than the old system.
10/19/2017 10:14 PM
What If I Made the Decision to Stop Suffering?
When a circumstance means your whole heart and soul to you, and when that circumstance changes for whatever reason, and when we feel like dying as a result, this is the emotional suffering I am speaking about. Can you relate?
10/19/2017 10:10 PM
I Wasn't Just Grieving The Loss Of My Father
Shortly after I had got to the point where I could contain my emotions, the healer that I was working with said it would be a good idea for me to see if I could cry when I'm by myself. The reason for this was that I hadn't been able to cry during the sessions that we had had.
10/15/2017 08:58 PM
One Thing They Never Tell You About Loss
THERE are so many dynamics and nuances and variables in loss. But one thing remains the same. Grief is a phenomenon that changes us irrevocably. And there is but one choice - to go in the direction of one of two destinations: to move into the new life beckoning or to stifle its flow.
10/10/2017 03:58 PM
Son, You Would've Been Turning 3 Soon
EXTINGUISHED now is the deep pain of our loss, yet what has replaced it is the precious void we share together as we remember our son. Often, we talk about how old he would be, and we particularly miss him not being the loyal little brother to our now four-year-old.
10/10/2017 09:39 AM
On Puerto Rico and Hurricane Maria
The Puerto Rican people have a deep, spiritual root that no hurricane can take out. Electricity or not, they will shine again. Puerto Ricans don't just live on the island... they are the island.
10/09/2017 08:26 AM
If Only - Sad Words of Regret for the Grief Stricken
If only I had gone there, hadn't spoken those words, had taken a different route, listened to my own instincts... 'If Only' and all the words of regret that follow are scattered across a trail of shattered dreams, of broken hearts. We use them as we search for how we might have altered an incomprehensible outcome; a loss we simply cannot accept.
10/05/2017 04:40 PM
And Jesus Said, Always Pray and Never Give Up
Every day. No matter how empty your cup. Always pray. And never give up!
10/04/2017 12:53 PM
How My Counsellors Helped Me in My Deepest Grief
To my counsellors... I adore you, I salute you, I thank God for you. For without you I possibly wouldn't be here to write this. Without your gentle God-led intervention, I would be a different person, and I'm simply glad today that I am who I am, due in no small part to you. You were God in skin to me at a time in my life when God had to be real.
10/02/2017 03:03 PM
To a World That Won't Understand, and a God Who Will
What if we were to sense the loneliness in another individual, and simply attempt to meet them there. To just be there with them. Not try and fix anything. Just listen if they want to speak, and to hold the tensions of the irresolvable kind. To allow them the dignity of non-engagement. The sanctity of silence, which doesn't seem to us to be much of a ministry. Funny how when we move aside the Holy Spirit often moves in.
09/28/2017 10:14 AM
Traveling True Through Hell to the New You
REMINISCING over 14-year-old journal entries proves a thing true. A hell-of-months traversed through consistently, blesses, for such memories never fade.
09/22/2017 09:22 AM
How Loss Touches Us Deeply In God
Love how God continues to touch me through loss. So blessed just now to watch a dear woman's "life in images," and as I watched I saw eternity in those pictures of her life... a complete stranger (but none of us truly are strangers, are we?). I felt so blessed to read of a daughter's gratitude to the loving community of family and friends around her. And despite her grief she gave herself selflessly for others. Humanity at its rawest and best. And yet there are all the remaining days of her life that now must consist without her mother in them.
09/18/2017 08:06 AM
5 Experiences of Existential Pain We Must Get Used to
THE ABYSS. It's where God wants to take us. Not for our harm, but for our good. Not for no reason, but for a purpose. And we only realise this when we stumble on it by accident having been forced to go there by the cruel circumstances of life.
09/08/2017 04:38 PM
Light Shines Brightest at Night
THERE are foundational salvation truths we learn only in our darkest days. We never expect to be blessed at a time that seems so irretrievably cursed.
08/25/2017 03:49 PM
How Losses Are Gains in Disguise
TRANSFORMATION or tribulation. Every moment of our lives is a choice and a consequence for one or the other.
08/24/2017 04:31 PM
Transcending the Wounds of Grief
Our grief-avoidance society says, "Get over it quickly" or "let it go and move on;" yet, the pains and emotions cut deeper than a knife, oftentimes leaving us stuck and alone to suffer in silence. Someone that we loved has been taken away from us and we are expected to act as if it were only a small cut on our finger. It seems as though everyone around us has moved on with life.
08/24/2017 09:23 AM
On Learning To Feel My Feelings
A stranger bought lunch for my son and me today. It was a terrifically kind thing to do... and completely unexpected. Even now, hours after the event, I find myself moved with emotion by the gesture. I chose to receive it as a gift from my husband from whichever dimension he finds himself in. The entire incident brings tears to my eyes but unlike the old me, I don't hold them back like I used to...
08/23/2017 08:18 AM
Five Reasons to Embrace Grief
AMID the tempest of grief outbound of loss, love builds in the heart and wisdom forms in the mind, when we can allow the present to be as it is. Here below are five reasons to embrace the inevitable when it comes.
08/19/2017 12:17 PM
Give Yourself Permission to Grieve
Just as each of us was born with our unique DNA, so is the grief experience unique to each of us. There is no Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), rulebook, or one size fits all approach to handling grief. There is no right or wrong way to grieve and no one can tell you how to grieve; however, it is necessary to validate the uniqueness of the grief experience.
08/17/2017 03:44 PM
What Is Healing Your Grief?
It takes an absolute commitment to heal your grief. The healing is in the reconciling of your new changed condition. Achieving reconciliation requires a search for a renewed purpose and meaning. Hope for a better situation must emerge and a commitment to a future fullness. As you journey through grief and find your way you must accept the need to work through your mourning. In order to reconcile your grief requires intentional mourning what has forever changed in your condition. Hope for a better situation must emerge and a commitment to a future fullness. Possibilities for a better life will emerge as you make efforts to understand and meet your mourning needs. A search for self-improvement must be a constant in your healing efforts.
08/08/2017 09:23 AM
The Day of My Bicycle Triumph
When my husband and I discovered he had cancer, we still did not have running water or an indoor toilet. Off grid living was not going to work in this situation. Through a friend, we ended up in a small one bedroom rental. Very high stress. I took to riding my bicycle up and down the local streets...
08/07/2017 09:13 AM
On Starting Over With A Higher Love
Some people I meet live their lives completely disconnected from their inner world. I see it more like a journey through my own inner me. My husband taught me what devoted love looked like. As much as I knew how, I loved him but I know that there is another level that I have not yet known. An even holier one... and I think... if I am very quiet... that I can hear it is coming for me!
08/03/2017 09:52 PM
What Happened?
Questions a person is asked following the sudden death of a person who had drug and alcohol addictions. Things you should never ask a family member due to the painful reflections of reliving the death.
08/02/2017 09:45 AM
Shedding The Heavy Load & Letting Go
It's been eight months, one week and two days since my husband died. I have been actively sorting through all of our many, many belongings. It has been hard to let it go. I hold on to all sorts of things and to all sorts of people even long after I should have let them go... and I have been carrying years of baggage. Time to shed the heavy load of my many pasts... again.
08/01/2017 02:47 PM
5 Ways to Overcome Grief and Fantasy Loss
What Happens When Dreams Are No Longer Fantasies? When you daydream, you dream of a spectacular life you wish to live. You never consider the dream any other way.
07/18/2017 03:29 PM
What We Learned In Our Grief
Grief leaves its markers throughout the rest of our lives. Life never returns to what it was like nor should it - that is perhaps the greatest loss.
07/18/2017 03:29 PM
Just When We Thought We Were In the Clear
5PM on Friday July 18, 2014, I strolled through the door clutching flowers for my wife, and her parents' demeanour said it all. The moment stood still.
07/15/2017 11:42 AM
The Precise Reason We May Rejoice In Our Grief
LET'S use a different word than suffering: grief - it's the effect of loss, and suffering essentially is the condition of grief. The reason we may rejoice in our grief is...
07/07/2017 09:48 AM
What I Know, But Can Never Explain
FOR me, grief demands expression. And yet I can never fully comprehend nor succinctly communicate its mystery, which is so fitting. Still, there are myriads of caricatures of life made in the image of grief - showcased through articles, books, videos, testimonies, real lives, etc - both rousing and heartbreaking, not to mention countless shards of emotion evoked between which splinter off without recognition or acknowledgement.
07/04/2017 10:17 PM
Why You've Never Lived Until You've Been Undone By Loss
NOT everyone who reads the title of this article will agree, and many will disagree with its content. But I write out of experience, and my experience is pretty much a Gospel experience; one that millions have come to attest to in their experience.
07/01/2017 10:01 AM
A Day That Changed the Course of Our Lives
JULY FIRST. Three years ago, today. A harmless enough scan, the results of which would propel a ripple of ambiguous grief through our lives for four months until the gravitas of loss finally broke our world late on October Thirty.
06/22/2017 02:10 PM
PEACE When Your World Is ROCKED
Perceive what is going on. Explore what you are feeling. Allow the experience to happen without judgment. Calm yourself through trusting yourself to calmness. Experience joy and hope because of your courage to face fear.
06/22/2017 09:50 AM
How I Came About My Spiritual and Artistic Defrost
I told myself I was happy being a wife... and I was but my world with my husband was too small. Where was the passion? Where was the laughter? Where was the joy? Where was the adventure? Was the only potential reality for my self-actualization, one in which my husband was not in it and if all potential realities exist in the Universe, did I will this particular reality into existence?
06/20/2017 08:41 AM
So, It Didn't Go Your Way - What Are You Going To Do About It?
PLENTY of things in life don't go our way. We can easily find ourselves belly-aching to God, "How long, O LORD!" - in the tradition of Psalm 13.
06/17/2017 02:25 PM
Keeping a Blessed Memorial of Your Pain
LOSS is a phenomenon designed only to precede resurrection. That is the hope we have, because we hold onto it. We can only behold it. One salient way of keeping the latter (resurrection) front of mind is bearing the former (loss) with a memorial to the suffering itself. Not wallowing in it, but immersing ourselves in its truth, to fill our broader reality.
06/17/2017 02:23 PM
Your Grief Healing Saga
You have the right to stop grieving and start healing. Neither you or someone near you can alter the permanent condition that is yours forever. The healing is in the reconciling your grief and loss, and that takes time. Remember the body becomes what foods we eat, just as the spirit becomes what our thoughts are that we think. You can start healing now. Remember, your thoughts can become beliefs that alter your life; can you see how vitally important they are? Your life is three in one - body, soul, and spirit. The body becomes what foods we eat, just as the spirit becomes what our thoughts are that we think. You determine the outcome. Your thoughts are ongoing occurrences! As your thoughts become settled beliefs, they begin to frame your life. That is why it is essential that you choose your thoughts wisely. Don't waste time. If you are angry at God it will be important for you to get new understanding and inspiration. When was the last time you poured your heart out to God?
06/17/2017 02:22 PM
Is Your Grief Healing A Straight Line Or A Spiral?
Although the quickest and most economical path between two points is usually a straight line, regrettably, that only works on an active GPS! Grief and loss experiences are not a straight line but a spiral as your emotions and strength ebbs and flows. As you arrive at the point of understanding that God knows far more than you and I, and was aware of every daily step of your journey before you were born on his earth, you will embrace every frustrating catastrophe, each unforeseen twist and turn, every hardship, and every grief moment as an opportunity to reconcile your grief and loss. Only then, will you possess the personal empowerment, inspiration, and strength it takes to carry the healing blessings you desire and hold on to them forever. The healing process requires undeviating actions, and time enough to accept change so your life can be more whole and peaceful. Contemplate this question: would you be willing to wait and prepare for the healing wishes of your heart and mind, rather than get fulfillment immediately and be unprepared to fully receive them? Your answer will speak plainly if "healing integrity" is your ultimate goal.
06/15/2017 12:04 PM
Each Day Above Ground Is a Good Day
It is one of the coldest days of the winter season. Ice cycles hang from the trees and the gate to the entrance. Although the driveway has been salted, the road is still dangerously slippery.

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