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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

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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,