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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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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.
06/14/2017 08:33 AM
The Death Dilemma: Moving On After a Loved One Dies
The death of a loved one is overwhelming for most of us. Read about some coping strategies for moving on after a devastating loss.
06/08/2017 04:05 PM
Hope That's Vanished Will Once Again Abide
If you hold on, despite what you're feeling right now, and delay what dangerous thing you wish to do, hope will once again abide. Like it did before. Or, like it never has. If you believe.
06/06/2017 02:04 PM
Can Dreams Help Heal Your Grief?
Believe in the potential of your dreams. Never stop even though it may seem like, at times, in your healing efforts you take one step forward and two steps back. Learning to reconcile your grief and find new peace and joy requires unqualified commitment and continued energy and determination. It requires purpose, willpower and sustained resolve. Never quit dreaming of healing possibilities! Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep focusing on your goal to find new peace and more happiness. Rather than your night dreams, a more relevant undertaking would be to spend time concentrating on understanding how conscious dreams can help you heal your grief. It is absolutely essential to your well-being to dream about vital remedies to find new peace and happiness.
06/06/2017 08:23 AM
Lord, Help Me
A reflection and a prayer in the wake of a series of chilling atrocities. Lord, help me.
06/05/2017 02:08 PM
Transforming Grief Into Love
Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience, and one that can be seemingly impossible to "get over". This new and different perspective about understanding the intense emotions that result from such a loss can help you through your grief and bring you to feelings of love and gratitude.
06/01/2017 08:42 AM
Professional Grief Relief Counseling
Professional Counseling Goals Your goal in seeking professional help is to help you gain insight and comfort to meet your life challenge of unbearable grief and loss. Part of living is facing challenges and difficulties that sometimes seem to overwhelm you. Usually grief happenings cause you to feel uncertain and unsure and you wisely decide to seek support and help. This important step can result in insight, comfort, solutions, and grief relief empowerment. Any professional help you seek must be centered on your individual needs as you experience a constant up and down spiraling of your grief as it ebbs and flows. It certainly may be wise to avail yourself of help. Walking with someone can be more empowering than walking alone in grief and sorrow. Certainly, experience and maturity in your professional counselor or coach is the most essential requirement - sometimes book-learning is not as valid as someone who has walked their own personal grief healing path. Having someone who has purchased the grief tee-shirt, walked the walk, and been where the tire hits the road often ads credence to the quality of counseling you receive.
05/30/2017 12:53 PM
Coming Out of Your Grief Cave With Healing Gratitude
Having suffered in anguish from your personal grief it is reassuring to remember there is still much in life to be grateful and hopeful about. Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. Counting your blessings can lead you to finding the peace and hope you really need in times of terrible grief and loss. A grieving mind and heart can be healed. Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. Gratitude can make sense of the past and bring personal hope for the future.
05/26/2017 08:37 AM
Why'd You Have to Go
Anyone who has a heart feels broken when tragedy or violence takes a loved one out of their life. For those left behind, 'forever' the word that used to be filled with promise starts tonight, today, this moment in time. Violence is senseless regardless of the underlying cause. The death and carnage left behind defies understanding. Vivid stories describing the event or even the carefully crafted clinical description on the certificate that officially ends the life you loved can't begin to answer the one question that matters most. Why? Why'd they have to go?
05/25/2017 01:54 PM
Six Absolute Grief and Loss Healing Questions to Ask Yourself
You need to be about going beyond being emotionally consumed and physically weak, and from surviving to thriving. The challenge is to be a survivor and overcome your loss and transform yourself into a new whole person. It will require of you a comprehensive constant effort. Deep within you is undiscovered unused strength. Now is the time to dig deeper than ever before for the how to promote your health of body and mind. Take time to decide what your resolve will be, how you will do it, and when you will do it. Keep telling yourself you can start healing and quietly take the actions necessary to stop grieving and start healing. You can begin healing from within.
05/24/2017 12:22 PM
Grief - A Powerful Place to Bear Witness From
It's how we handle crises that speaks most for our faith in a risen and victorious Lord. And this faith is the capacity to take the living moment courageously; to be really real, which means everything when life has come to nothing.
05/23/2017 12:12 PM
Fixing Your Grief Fun Button
Life's too short to live in obnoxious lasting misery! I can tell you that when my fun button breakdowns, it is usually because I am taking myself too seriously and not making the necessary effort to enjoy the journey. So, if your fun button is broken, here are several steps for a thoughtful, inspiring, and refreshing fix! If you know someone who could use a little cheer and encouragement, discover with me important life-changing must-have solutions to fix your grief fun button.
05/22/2017 12:22 PM
7 Uplifting Grief Relief Invitations
Because of your unique grief loss happening there are personal considerations that make your need satisfaction singularly to you. The result for your grief has changed your life for the future - forever.. It is absolutely important that you don't allow your grief experience to imprison your future happiness. After all, beginning today, is the rest of your life. Consider any and all possible solutions to make your new you - your now future life - hopeful and fuller. Absolutely consider all actions you can take to bring you new purpose, more peace and hope.
05/20/2017 10:09 AM
Do You Have A Pebble In Your Grief Shoe?
Accept the personal challenge to take healing action steps. Remove the pebble in your shoe. Dump it out and start the grief healing process you need. Often, to dump out the grief pebble it will be necessary to reconcile your grief. The healing is in the reconciling. Rise up and meet your grief challenges head-on. Many experience grief pebbles. Who is aware of the exact time that will happen? It is not a sign of being good or bad. It is life. Add God's help to your efforts. He can bless you with vital inspiration and added strength to find new purpose and take the necessary life-changing actions to begin healing and find hope, peace and joy.
05/18/2017 11:10 AM
12 Things the Grieving Should Know
This is for those going through loss and grieving. As a medium, I channel those who have died to help people heal and have hope.
05/13/2017 11:16 AM
Overcoming Grief Relief Blocks
Reliable direction to help you move through your grief and find joy can be fleeting. Solutions and direction, even if found, can be an uphill and trying experience. Meaningful and reliable steps are fundamental for success to stop grieving and start healing. The challenge for you is to find new purpose and happiness in your life. You alone must decide! Yet, powering forward you can dig deep internally for empowerment you didn't know you had. Healing and peace are worth fighting through temporary blocks.
05/12/2017 09:55 AM
Are Dimes My Spiritual Connection to Mother?
Many stories have been written about the significance of finding dimes and the interpretations are varied. As with finding pennies, I always attributed such incidences to the old wives tale of good luck, but never really thought further about it. That all changed when my Mother died.
05/09/2017 10:16 PM
Happy Is The Hardest Word to Say
It's not difficult to identify people whose life has been touched by a profound loss or personal tragedy; just listen. The common question of 'How are you doing?' elicits a flat response. 'Fine, as good as can be expected, OK or I'm good' has replaced joyful exuberance, laughter or the words 'really good' and especially 'happy.' Like a scar from a deep wound there is lasting evidence that something has been inexplicably altered. The physical evidence is in the eyes where a smile never reaches or in the deafening silence where laughter seems appropriate. Their emotions are anesthetized; not from a drug but rather the natural disconnection from emotions where pain can lie dormant. Happiness is buried deep within that disconnection. For a time, it can be the hardest word to say.
05/04/2017 01:51 PM
Seven Quotes That Will Help Heal Your Grief
Healing from a horrendous grief experience and reconciling your sorrow and loss requires unique personal answers. Grief and loss change, but serious sorrow never ends. It is a journey not a place to stay. Your grieving must give way to a valued new condition and a new you. You can start healing and stop grieving. Your prime objective should be to seize every opportunity to reclaim your life.
04/26/2017 10:40 AM
Past Life Regression and Grief, Death and Dying
Past life regression and remembering your past lives can help you deal with grief and loss. By remembering that you have lived before, you can see that you and your loved ones will live again. You can also discover that love and connection don't ever die.
04/19/2017 01:45 PM
Grief - Life's Test of Courage and Trainer of Faith
EVERYONE experiences grief of one kind or another consistently throughout life, and never more so than when we're beset by conflict. But there is a kind of grief that blindsides us; the genus of which rips the heart out of our resolve, fear chiselling us down to our core, leaving us all alone, a fractured, wafer shell; the sort that forces such change that the old must go where a new man or woman emerges, delivered in writhes of death, paradoxically into life. Blessed abundance; an enigma.
04/17/2017 09:40 PM
Tell Me I Was Dreaming
Is this really happening... it has to be a dream; these are words born in the state of confusion that ensues when suddenly we wake up and realize they are gone. Gone is a lonely, desolate word delivering a cold harsh reality with awful finality. Gone carries the sound of the human heart breaking into pieces. It invites us to cover our heads and go back to sleep, back to yesterday when nothing was changed. Regardless of how strong and competent you may be the loss of someone you love is accompanied by a host of fears.
04/15/2017 11:33 AM
Can I Prepare for This Grief Journey?
According to Webster, the word journey is defined as "an act or instance of traveling from one place to another." Is this definition applicable to the grief journey? If so, can we prepare just as we would for maybe a cross-country journey by train?
04/08/2017 03:30 PM
Staying Present In Traumatic Times
The last couple weeks were somewhat traumatic. First, my 15 year old dog had a seizure and possible stroke, and the next week a family member who has COPD (possibly emphysema) and MCI (mild cognitive problems) went into the hospital with pneumonia. It took be back to a time I've written about a lot, 2011-2013, with our other dog who had cancer and then neurological problems, and my mother who had Alzheimer's and lung cancer.

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