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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

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Miscarriages and Grief and How to Become a Certified Grief Counselor

Miscarriages and Grief and How to Become a Certified Grief Counselor

Grief Counseling and Miscarriages and How to become a certified grief counselor     One of the hardest things to grief counsel is a miscarriage.  Miscarriages strip a woman of part of herself.  She feels the intimacy of the lost more than anyone else in the family.  The hormones, the emotion and the lost can become overbearing.  Perhaps the most painful aspect of the loss is that it was unseen.  Without any formal burial or ceremony, it can become a disenfranchised loss.   Clara Hinton writes about this horrible experience many women go through.  In her article, “Miscarriage Is Such

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Grief Counseling and Hope in Depression

Grief Counseling and Hope in Depression

Grief Counselors And Dealing With Depression The pains of depression can be difficult for a grief counselor to cure.  There is no acute reason usually for depression.  Furthermore, if not an LPC, grief counselors usually need the aid of a psychologist to prescribe any necessary medications.  Below is an article how grief counselors through the gift of hope and faith can help the depressed. Monica Coleman of the Huffington Post writes about depression and finding hope in her article, “Losing Faith, Finding Hope: A Journey With Depression”. Many people describe depression as a kind of intense grief.  It is a deep sadness.  It’s like heartbreak,

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Anger and Grief

Anger and Grief

How to Deal with Anger in Grief Grieving is a normal part of a human being after going through a loss. This can be loss through death or separation. It is also normal to grieve when one losses a job or had to go through a major life changing event. There are many stages of grief and anger is one of them. This is a very critical stage. Anger expressed during the grief period can make or destroy a person. Controlled anger is a healthy emotion. Although this is a necessary stage, one should not stay in anger for too

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Yom Kippur and The Reality of Death

Yom Kippur and The Reality of Death

Grief, Death and Yom Kippur Death and grief find meaning for Jewish people during Yom Kippur.  It is a day of atonement but through that also a day where mortality is recognized. In the article below, Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz discusses the importance of Yom Kippur and its relationship with death and grief in the article ” An Encounter with Death and Life”.  (Found in the JewishJournal.com) Mitah v’Yom HaKippurim Michaprin.” The two ways to truly atone are Death and Yom Kippur. But are the two really so different? On Yom Kippur, we reject food and drink, similar to one close to

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Finding Happiness in Grief Recovery During Special Days

Finding Happiness in Grief Recovery During Special Days

Grief Counseling The Grief Through Days of Celebration As we all know, grief is just not one pit of despair but a long trek of peaks and valleys.  During times of memorial, holidays, or celebration, people can have joy and should not feel guilty about it.  Still some people may experience a grief that lingers and this is natural.  Regardless, as adaptation and healthy grief recovery takes over, the person will feel grief but in a new way that flows with their new chapter of life.  The article below talks about fellow grievers celebrating a Jewish holiday together.   Johanna Ginsberg,

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Their Death Will Never Be In Vain

AIHCP Takes Today To Remember Our Fallen On 911   AIHCP would like to offer its prayers and love to the families who lost loved ones in the 911 attack over ten years ago.  We pray for those who suffered from the crash in PA, the assault in NYC and the strike upon DC. On this solemn anniversary, we pray for the living and the dead who experienced this assault on our country.   We also would like to give thanks to those who offered their lives in defense of our country after this assault.  Your efforts and sacrifices will not

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The Right Words and Actions During A Miscarriage

The Right Words and Actions During A Miscarriage

What Should Grief Counselors Say About Miscarriages? A miscarriage can be a devistating loss to a family.  The loss of a potential child can tear the family apart or at least bring them all to tears.  There are many variables that determine the grief reaction of the loss.  While there are many subjective things to consider in correlation to how extreme the grief reaction may be, one must be conscious to remain sensative to each unique case.  Grief counselors need to be extra sensative. In her article, “What To Say, And what NOT To Say, To A Woman Who’s Had

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Courses in Grief Counseling: Grieving Mothers Find Outlet in Common Company and Writing

Courses in Grief Counseling: Grieving Mothers Find Outlet in Common Company and Writing

Ways for Grieving Mothers to Cope: Writing?     The greatest loss and pain is the loss of a child.  The article below talks about how some grieving mothers came together and wrote about their experiences in their attempt to find meaning and healing.   Dave Hart writes about Carol Henderson and her attempt to help grieving mothers overcome their loss of a child through support groups and writing.  In his article, “Writing Helps Grieving Mothers” he tells the complete story below. One day in the fall of 2002, author and writing instructor Carol Henderson stood in a chilly meeting room at