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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

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What would you tell your younger self about grief?

What would you tell your younger self about grief?

When my mother died, I knew nothing about grief. Truthfully, I knew nothing about life either. Like most, I entered grief with nothing more than a handful of assumptions and a few preconceived notions. Despite being a bit of a navel gazer, I was unwilling to slow down and evaluate what I was experiencing; I had … Source: www.whatsyourgrief.com Grief is something that can only be experienced to truly understand it.  i am sure for those who have experienced grief and loss on a larger scale, there is much they can share and probably would like to share with their younger

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How to deal with postpartum depression

How to deal with postpartum depression

Postpartum depression manifests itself with anxiety, feelings of worthlessness, fatigue and/or lack of interest. The depressive disorder takes place following the birth of a baby. It is treatable through prescribed medications, therapy and time. Source: familyshare.com Good article on the symptoms of postpartum depression and how to overcome it.   Many women after child birth will become depressed and grief counselors and clinical counselors should be aware of this If you would like to become a certified grief counselor, then please review the program and see if it matches your academic and professional needs #certifiedgriefcounselor

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By Sharing Death on the Web, Dying May Not Feel So Alone

By Sharing Death on the Web, Dying May Not Feel So Alone

When terminal illness is chronicled for all the world to witness, the end of life takes on new meaning Source: time.com Ideas on death and dying are more universally seen in personal cases now due to the advances in social media and how it has become a staple in American culture.   This can broaden the conversation about death and dying and expose what used to be a private thing and make it more public and known to those who seek to avoid discussing it If you would like to become a certified grief counselor, then please review the program #certifiedgriefcounselor

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Grief Healing: Religion and Spirituality in Grief

Grief Healing: Religion and Spirituality in Grief

Source: www.griefhealingblog.com A good article about spirituality and grief.  There are good thoughts about how spirituality can have harmful affects on grieving as well when it is misused. If you would like to learn more about Grief Counseling Training, then please review the program #griefcounselingtraining

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The Role of the Acute Stress Response in Grief

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 … Source: www.whatsyourgrief.com An excellent article that looks how individuals respond to traumatic news.  With any sad or bad news, within the the first minutes, our body has an acute stress response, in grief this has been researched via Kubler Ross, Worden, Rando, etc.