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Grief and Gender

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 … Source: www.whatsyourgrief.com We all grieve differently but within the paradigms of grief itself.  But genders do play a role.  Some are more how we are wired others are socially constructed.  This article looks at male, female and blended ways people grieve. If you would

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9 Ways To Cope After A Miscarriage Or Stillbirth

9 Ways To Cope After A Miscarriage Or Stillbirth

  If you are not trying to have a baby, then you may never know you miscarry. Yet many couples are proactively trying to become pregnant. They may be in denial about how many miscarriages actually occur. Source: www.huffingtonpost.com One of the most horrid types of loss is a still birth.  The loss of a child with the trauma of delivering a dead child.  This trauma is intense.   This article looks at 9 ways to respond to the grief of stillbirth If you would like to learn more about Bereavement Counseling Certification, then please review the program and see if

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At a Glance: Coping With Grief at Work

At a Glance: Coping With Grief at Work

  The sudden passing of Dave Goldberg, the popular Silicon Valley executive and husband of Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, touches a subject most workers probably don’t consider until they have to. In the U.S., many companies offer a few days’ paid leave after the death of a close family member. But… Source: abcnews.go.com Coping with grief at work can be difficult after a loss.   This article has a few ideas or suggestions to follow to help you better cope when you return to work If you would like to learn more about grief counseling training, then please review our program and

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The Limited Language of Grief

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 … Source: www.whatsyourgrief.com Good article from “Whats Your Grief” about the limited language for grief and how we try to express ourselves and put words to the emotion we are experiencing.  Enjoy the article Also please review our bereavement certification program. and see if it

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Good Grief: Rage Against the Machine

Good Grief: Rage Against the Machine

What do we want to do right when we witness the world go sideways? So many of us dig deep and desire to respond, act and maybe even make a difference. I know, I get that more than many, as I work with families on the brink of crisis Source: www.huffingtonpost.com Social and communal grief can enrage a community.  We have seen this in the recent police killings–some that were justified and others that were not.  In cases, communal grief can be utilized in a healthy fashion or grief can turn into rage and anger which it is known to

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Spending Mother’s Day with Ghosts: Mother’s Day Grief

Spending Mother’s Day with Ghosts: Mother’s Day Grief

According to tradition, I will spend this Mother’s Day torn between life and death. In one hand I will feel the tangible grasp of my daughter’s soft hand; in one-half of my mind I will be smiling; and in one-half of my heart I will feel the warmth of my family’s love and appreciation. In … Source: www.whatsyourgrief.com A good article about Mother’s Day Grief.  How do individuals handle the loss of their mother or being a mother and losing a child?  This article looks at some ways to express this grief If you would like to learn more about

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Grief Counselor Says It’s OK to Mourn a Fictional Character’s Death

Grief Counselor Says It’s OK to Mourn a Fictional Character’s Death

How fans can cope with the deaths of their favorite characters on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and other shows Source: time.com Would this be considered disenfranchised as the article states or simply mental issues?  As Grief Counselors, a loss is a loss and it needs to be addressed.  Maybe the loss affects the person due to a  memory of how a loved one similarly die?  We cannot know and must address all loss.   Some individuals can become depressed over losing a sporting game?  Is this to be mocked as well? Yes it is true, we could easily say, “get a life” but

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Feeling Nothing During Grief

Feeling Nothing During Grief

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 … Source: www.whatsyourgrief.com Excellent article about grief recovery and how we can feel nothing.  Sometimes it can be part of complicated grief, in other cases, feeling numb or nothing at all can also be part of normal grief recovery as well. Anhedonia can be normal

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Digital Life: To tweet or not about death, dying

Digital Life: To tweet or not about death, dying

Is it acceptable to blog about your illness from your hospital bed? How about if you’re dying? What about a son tweeting from his mother’s bedside in the ICU? Last month Lisa Bonchek Adams, the mother of Source: www.usatoday.com Social media is making the world a smaller place and opening people to many new ways of expression.  Dying and death are big issues that are becoming normalized in our everyday lives as we discover the death of a friend or relative online.  What is proper use of these technologies?  This article looks at to tweet or not to tweet. If

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Tips for Teaching a Death and Dying Class in Your Community

Tips for Teaching a Death and Dying Class in Your Community

If you are searching for a way to improve end-of-life awareness and make a lasting impact on society you might consider teaching a class on death and dying at your local community college. The future of end-of-life care in our country ultimately depe… Source: www.huffingtonpost.com A good article for certified bereavement counselors to review and apply to their potential teaching and instruction regarding death and dying in the classroom setting if you would like to learn more about grief counseling and death and dying then please review the program and see if it matches your academic and professional needs #bereavementcounselingcourses