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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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.
04/07/2017 12:44 PM
Please Don't Tell Me "It Just Takes Time"
We try to console others. We try to heal our own broken hearts. While doing so, the one myth that we hear and accept most often is that "It just takes time.
04/06/2017 02:17 PM
Teddy Bear Grief Healing
Seek support from all available useful and beneficial sources. Reconciling your grief is necessary for the healing is in the reconciling of your loss and sorrow. Use your best alpha actions. Don't wait; begin today to seek ways to stop grieving and start healing. You are stronger than you think; you have inner strength which has not been needed before. Use your inner empowerment now. Important action-oriented tips will help you move beyond your grief and loss and find new peace and joy. You can find new happiness. You can understand and heal your grief, if you want to find new purpose and happiness in your life. Remember that it is up to you; no one can do it for you.
03/16/2017 12:53 PM
Grief Alert - Beware the Danger of Dark Thoughts Ahead
The grieving process can be tricky and very dangerous from a mental health perspective. When we have experienced a significant loss, our minds can play tricks by creating coping mechanisms that help us get through the long dark days. But be aware of where your thoughts can lead you, if unchecked. Sometimes the danger zone - contemplating suicide - can pop up without warning.
03/15/2017 08:45 AM
Waking Up the Soul - Death As a Spiritual Alarm Clock
Although not intentional, sometimes it seems as if we are waiting for a tragedy to happen, to wake us up to the importance of making the most of our lives. If so, that's not a very wise - or effective - strategy. Anthony de Mello maintained that spirituality means "waking up." Don't let a tragic loss be your alarm clock.
03/14/2017 08:32 AM
Grief Healing Courage
Decide your purpose no one else can. Step into the unknown fearlessly. Resolve and determination are necessary along the way. Saddle your horse with an abundance of fortitude. Don't allow fear and hopelessness to control how you feel and how you act. Certainly, horrendous and unwanted grief, sorrow and loss bring into your life a necessary need to have the ability to conquer your sorrow, despair and fear. Decide how you will generate your own healing courage. You can! Reconciling your grief, sorrow and loss helps you heal. You alone must decide.
03/14/2017 08:29 AM
The Purpose of Your Life - Is It Predetermined or Random or Does It Matter?
Do you believe there is some sort of Divine Plan for your life? Some predetermined path for you to follow, so as to meet your destiny? Or do you believe everything is just randomly unfolding and it is up to you to give your life meaning? Or does it even matter? Perhaps what matters most is that our lives have purpose.
03/06/2017 08:38 AM
What I'd Wish I'd Known at 19
Ever wished you'd known something before you stepped into it? Many times, I'm sure. But there's a problem with knowing things before we step into them. If we knew what we were about to step into we would never step.
03/05/2017 01:22 PM
Your Grief Healing Resolutions
Within your grasp you have the power to say, "This I am today; that I will be tomorrow." Joy and happiness is within your reach. Begin today to grab hold of every moment of hope and happiness available within your reach. You are invited to embrace each moment to find healing, harmony, hope, peace and joy in living. Do so every day.
03/01/2017 07:58 AM
How Long Will I Remain In The Quagmire Of Grief When My Dog Passes Away?
Grappling the tide of emotions when you try and overcome pet grief that has entered your household due to the loss of your beloved dog or cat. can sometimes be quite overwhelming. It is a treacherous journey you are about to embark on and you will need comfort and support so you come out the other side as unscathed as possible.
02/24/2017 12:04 AM
Grieving For A Pet With Guidance and Counseling
For many of us who have pets, losing them to death feels as devastating as losing a family member or best friend. People who don't have pets don't tend to "get" this, but those who do really understand the profound sense of loss. Our pets are often like a member of our family, so when we lose them, we feel immense grief.
02/14/2017 08:42 AM
Epic Grief Relief Cafe
Menu Be Partakers of the Healing Dishes - Check out the Transformational Favorites - Commitment Appetizer: "Over the years my life's happenstances have underscored a vital clarity. I have learned an essential personal truth: As I have experienced failures and successes - professionally, personally and physically - I have learned that until I commit, I am hesitant; there is a chance...
02/06/2017 03:40 PM
5 Things to Try When Your Grief Continues to Torment You
This is a daunting article to write, for the sheer fact I'm out of my depth. I've suffered sufficient loss and grief to be in the ballpark, but I'm unsure I'll slide a run all the way home. But seeing God has given me the thought, and shown me a need to wrestle, let me attempt its resolution.
01/24/2017 08:27 AM
The Blessing In Loss for Having Responded Well In Grief
Given the situation of loss how can it be that we might be blessed? How can something so drastically dysfunctional turn out the best it possibly could, given the circumstances?
01/23/2017 08:04 AM
How God Turns Loss Into Gain
As we endure loss that rips life of its meaning and strips our being bare, we hope beyond hope that one day it could amount to something. That somehow loss might be worth the pain we endured.
01/21/2017 11:58 AM
Grief & Loss Alpha Healing Guidelines
You can't have your old life back. You must begin anew. Don't let your condition or others define you. You decide. Dig deep for your untapped personal power. Your empowerment is within. Healing is in your reconciliation of your grief. Use your best alpha actions. Begin today. Grief and loss must be healed.
01/20/2017 08:55 AM
Encouraging Words on Death of a Loved One
Fr. Gerald McGovern is one of God's great missionaries. As a child, I saw him as a missionary to me; as an adult as a missionary to men; now, a missionary to all men. He resides in a special place in my heart until we see each other again.
01/15/2017 11:27 AM
How Grief Can Be an Indispensable Life Experience
It is difficult, in the throes of acute loss, to reconcile how life that's suddenly gone so bad could possibly end up so good again, but that is our hope. We may simply want things back as they were. For the pain to abate.
01/09/2017 04:30 PM
Year End Grief Review
Getting rid-of your unique personal grief partners should be your year-end goal. You should review how well you have done to transform your grief and loss to a richer fuller life. Even though your condition may be unique and challenging it must not be a permanent happiness and joy interruption. Don't forget tears of the soul can help heal. There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power.
01/06/2017 08:34 AM
Does Grief & Sorrow Ever Stop?
Happiness has evaded you; hope has ran-away and grief and loss surrounds your whole being. Are you saying: "Yes this describes me?" To have hope is to have faith, to take a chance, and dream. When you have hope, you believe in the likelihood of possibilities. Hope allows you to look forward to a feeling that something positive will likely happen. Grief and sorrow can be reconciled. Hope. It begins with you. Start today. Opposite of hope is despair. Transformation from despair to hope is perhaps your most important solution to the grief you experience. Despair causes you to believe good things only happen to others but never you. Your expectations for hope is limited.
01/02/2017 10:35 AM
Grief Relief Funk
Within every person is empowerment undiscovered and dormant until called upon. Grief can make that call. At the height of your grief you may feel possible impossible. Deep inside there is a well of empowerment you can dig deeply for and find. Arising from your bed of terrible grief and loss is possible. Awakening from awful sorrow and nurturing new hope and joy should be your creed.
12/22/2016 08:16 AM
The Stirrings of God In Lonely Contemplation
Far too much of the time we're too busy to fall into loneliness, and in busyness we're further from God than ever, for God is in the silence of loneliness. That is the beginning.
12/20/2016 08:25 AM
Grief, Loss and Healing Transformation
The challenge is to be a survivor and overcome your loss and transform yourself into a new whole person. But, on certain occasions suffering crashes down non-stop like huge sledgehammers on your emotions. New roots of hope and fortitude have to be given room to develop. Learning to reconcile your grief and find new peace and joy requires unqualified self-commitment and continued determination. It requires purpose, willpower and sustained resolve. Certainly, there will come a time when you will need to say: "It's up to me!"
12/19/2016 08:31 AM
When All You Should Do Is Be Gentle With Yourself
I am doing the best I can with what I have in this moment and that is all I can expect of anyone including me. Reflect over those words.
12/12/2016 09:41 AM
Grief: A Strange Emotion And Why We Need To Embrace It
Grief, is a strange emotion. It took me nearly forty-eight hours to first of all register and then secondly, digest the fact that forty something (please excuse me for not having the exact statistics) people passed away in the plane crash in Pakistan on December 7th, 2016. While some people mourned over the loss of a, once-upon-a-time singer Junaid Jamshed, others grieved over the loss of (the same person) an inspiring evangelist.
12/09/2016 02:03 PM
Loss: Is It Possible To Get Over A Loss?
In today's fast-paced world, there is often the need for instant gratification, and when something doesn't happen straight away, it can lead to all kinds of problems. This can be a time when someone will experience a strong emotional reaction, and the sooner they get what they want the sooner they will settle down.
12/07/2016 03:20 PM
Losing Your Pet? You Can Experience Anticipatory Grief
Are you losing your pet? Anticipatory grief is refers to a grief reaction that occurs before an impending loss. Typically, the impending loss is a death of a pet that is close and due to illness. It can also be experienced by dying individuals themselves.
12/04/2016 09:11 AM
Let Suffering Convert to Compassion
Without having been deprived of compassion we don't really understand compassion's importance. Its basis is the meaning of life, providing purpose which drives us along in our living the abundant life of loving others.
12/02/2016 08:34 AM
Tears of Beauty Beyond the Ashes of Pain
That season of brokenness we endured, in the faith that something better was imminent, ultimately, even as endurance was tested dozens of times, proves the above truth right every time. As we reminisce we cry because God has made that cause of our brokenness the very catapult that has restored us.
11/22/2016 10:50 AM
Speaking Out the Grief That Threatens to Remain Unspoken
Grief has taught me my emotional range, but just as much it has taught me a paradox. Whilst words are inadequate, words are necessary, even as we attempt to make meaning of something that is unfathomable.
11/21/2016 09:26 AM
A Thanksgiving Gratitude Exercise
When you are missing a loved one during this season of Thanksgiving, it is often difficult to feel thankful. Yes, you are grateful for eyes to see, ears to hear, limbs to move..
11/16/2016 08:05 AM
Enduring the Season of Unprecedented Pain
The death of a loved one is the most obvious loss we can encounter, but, of course, there are many losses that blindside us. Somehow we could not anticipate how gutted we would feel. Such losses bring about unprecedented pain. The pain of brokenness.
11/14/2016 04:11 PM
Awakening From Terrible Grief
Arising from the bed of awful sorrow and nurturing new hope and joy required purpose, willpower and sustained resolve. It wasn't a casual walk in the park to acquire a better understanding of my grief and find sustained purpose and peace in my life. New roots of hope and fortitude had to be given room to develop. Learning to reconcile my grief and find new peace and joy required commitment and continued determination. I knew that coming out on the other side of my grief and loss to find my new normal was necessary for it was to become what my future life is. I knew what matters most is how I handle that challenge. Yet, initially I had to overcome the woe-is-me mindset by focusing on the positives and what I still had. Expressing one's inner turmoil outwardly can be a way of finding relief, and stop grieving and start healing. No matter the situation it is important to live life to its fullness.
11/14/2016 10:44 AM
A Promise of Hope When Overwhelmed
The scariest of places is reserved as a mix of the emotions of sadness, fear and surprise. Unparalleled in human experience is the moment when life renders to experience something very foreign.
11/07/2016 09:36 AM
Your Best Response Is Best for You
I write a lot on loss and the grief that comes out of it. I write about my responses, yet hopefully never in ways in which to say, "this-or-that is right and this-or-that is wrong." The truth of matters is that your response to your situation is best for you as it is discerned by you, and given the information you have at hand, anyone else would make the same response if they were in your situation.

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