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Grief Counseling the Elderly and the Christmas and Holiday Season

Grief Counseling the Elderly and the Christmas and Holiday Season

Grief Counseling the Elderly During the Christmas and Holiday Seasons and Learn More About Grief Counseling Certifications Grief counseling for the elderly can be a very sensitive time for them.  So many memories, so many faces long gone and even poor health to celebrate.  These can all become issues for the elderly.  Below is an article about what can be done. Dale Hutchings (PinellasBeachesPatch) writes in his article “Is Holiday Grief Harder on Seniors” about steps to take to help seniors have a more peaceful Christmas. Barbara Rhode, a St. Petersburg therapist for two decades, realizes how the holidays can pose a special challenge, especially

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The Wrong and Right Words During Grief

The Wrong and Right Words During Grief

Helping the Grieving Person A grieiving person needs emotional support.  The wrong words can be detrimental and counter productive to the person.  Below is a story about what to say and not say. Gloria Horsley of the Huffington Post  lists many things to say and not say to a grieving person in her article, “What to Say (and Not to Say) to a Grieving Person” I was scheduled to be a guest on an early morning radio broadcast from Bakersfield, California. I am a family therapist, bereaved parent and president of Open To Hope, the world’s largest internet site with a

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Should Doctors Have A Grasp of Grief Counseling For Patients?

Should Doctors Have A Grasp of Grief Counseling For Patients?

Grief Counseling Is Important For Doctors In Their Care of Their Patients Doctors need to understand the entire treatment of their patients.  It is not just a physical treatments but also mental and emotional.  When grief and loss occurs, many physical problems can occur for a patient.  If a doctor understands grief and grief counseling, he can also better understand his patient and help the person throughout his life. Medical Express writes about the importance of doctors learning more about grief recovery in the article, “AAP Provides Grief Counseling Guidance For Peditricians”. Esther Wender, M.D., and colleagues from the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of

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Courses in Grief Counseling Training: American Academy of Grief Counseling

AAGC Site Recognized by Masters in Counseling We are pleased to learn that “Masters in Counseling” has selected the American Academy of Grief Counseling website to be listed among its 100 top recommended counseling resources site. We are grateful to receive this acknowledgement.  The Masters in Counseling site is a well organized resource for “everything” counseling. We highly encourage our members and our visitors to make use of the site. Access Masters in Counseling site: click here If you would like to learn more about grief counseling and bereavement then please review our courses in grief counseling training. Our program

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Grief Counseling Certification Program: The Empty Seat: Coping with Grief During the Holidays

Grief Counseling Certification Program: The Empty Seat: Coping with Grief During the Holidays

Coping With Grief and Loss During the Holiday Coping with grief on any particular day is hard enough but when the calendar year recycles, grief can become intense especially for holidays.  Holidays only one year removed where  the previous year we shared Thanksgiving dinner with a loved one, or celebrated their birthday,opened presents during Christmas, or cheered in the New Year. The FuneralPlan.com site lists information of this sort on their website.  The article, “Coping with Grief During the Holidays” takes a look at how people feel and what they should and should not do in regards to celebrating the holidays despite

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Program in Grief Counseling: Veterans Day and Offshore Memorials

Program in Grief Counseling: Veterans Day and Offshore Memorials

Grief and Memorials of Our Lost Brothers Overseas The grief of never having a father, brother, friend or even now, mother or sister never return home from war is a frightening thought.  While most come home, many memorials in Europe and around the world hold the sacred remains of brave Americans who fought overseas during WWI and beyond.  Thousands of our fallen rest in these offshore locations where their sacrifice for America and the rest of the world is remembered with honor.   Grief counselors should encourage the visiting of these sites for those who still experience the pain of unresolved grief of no

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Sarah York’s “Remembering Well”-An Excellent Guide for Pastoral Professionals

Sarah York’s “Remembering Well”-An Excellent Guide for Pastoral Professionals

Grief Counseling Review: Remembering Well From a standpoint of one who deals with grieving families, this short work is a must have in one’s grief counseling library.   Grief Counselors come across a myriad of issues and challenges in the aftermath of death.  When grief counselors, pastoral counselors, funeral directors, or ministers are asked to aid in the memorial of a lost loved one, it can become a difficult task to deal with in a professional but also compassionate manner.  This text answers many of the problems one will face and helps guide the pastoral professional. From prepartion to guidelines on

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The Amateur’s Guide to Death and Dying

The Amateur’s Guide to Death and Dying A new book authored by: Richard Wagner, Ph.D, ACS A Brief Description ================ The Amateur’s Guide To Death And Dying is an 8″ x 10″ workbook for enhancing the end of life. It is on the cutting edge of death and dying work. Readers are challenged to liberate themselves from the deadening passivity and isolation that society heaps upon them. They gain perspective on numerous issues related to modern dying…whether it’s filling out a durable power of attorney form, answering provocative questions about sexuality and intimacy, completing a death anxiety survey or personally

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Certification in Grief Counseling: My Life’s Reflection

The American Academy of Grief Counseling is pleased to announce that an Advisory Board member and certified grief counselor, Samantha A. Bechtel MSSA, LISW has had a book published titled “My Life’s Reflection: A Life Review Workbook,” by Tate Publishing. Her co-author is Alicia M. Bogard MSW, LISW. Professor Richard Groves writes about the book: My Life’s Reflection is a valuable resource that deals with some of life’s most challenging times and experiences. The authors clearly write with profound heart and clear insight because of the experience they have had working with hospice patients and their families. Here is a

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Real Men Cry

Real Men Cry

Grief Counseling For Grieving Men The myth that is not manly to grieve is quickly becoming less and less as psychology studies grief patterns.  The myth that men do not grieve or that their grief is more acute but quickly gone is just not true.  The days and images of men as the “Duke” or  Spartan warriors are quickly fading and people are beginning to realize that the existence of grief does not weaken one’s toughness but is a universal experience critical to recovery among all people.  Grief Counseling is at the forefront of helping men grieve without shame and come to a healthy recovery.  With these new