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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

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Certification Program in Grief Counseling: Traumatic Grief Symptoms for Colorado Movie Massacre Survivors

Certification Program in Grief Counseling: Traumatic Grief Symptoms for Colorado Movie Massacre Survivors

Traumatic Grief and the Colorado Movie Massacre The horrendous events in Colorado at the opening of ”Batman Dark Knight Rises” has shocked a nation and brought a community into incredible and traumatic grief.  Yet besides the national buzz over better security, terrorism and gun control, the survivors of the horrific event are facing other questions.  Questions that are beyond the the historical event but questions that challenge their very reason of existence. While Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other symptoms of complicated grief may not affect every survivor, there is a good bet that out of the 58 injured and hundred present that many people will experience these issues. Traumatic grief is usually

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Grief Counseling Training: Helping Parents Grieve

Grief Counseling Training: Helping Parents Grieve

Grief Counseling Training: Barry Kluger and Kelly Farley are champions in the pursuit to help parents grieve the loss of a child. by: CNN By Olivia Smith, Special to CNN Access article: click here There is no greater tragedy than the loss of a child. Barry Kluger and Kelly Farley are helping by their initiatives in the Parental Bereavement Act, a legislation to amend the Family Medical Leave Act to include time off for grieve in the loss of a child. This article provides the story and issues regarding this new initiative. The American Academy of Grief Counseling is very supportive

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A Grief Counseling Program Can Help With A Tragedy.

A Grief Counseling Program Can Help With A Tragedy.

  Even when you receive training from a good grief counseling program, you still can never truly be ready for a tragedy.    No one is truly ready for a tragedy.    It shocks us all to our cores.   It leaves us with questions like why did this happen?   Could it have been prevented?   Could it happen to my family or me?   Questions like these are normal and believe it or not are part of the healing process.    By becoming a grief counselor you have to be prepared to answer them.   For more on how we can let the healing begin, please

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Families that Cope with Grief

Families that Cope with Grief

Coping with Grief as a Family: Inactivity or Activity? A family structure and its tensions, both past and present, can form or come to rise during a death in the family.  While this is unfortunate, it is also true.   The particular family dynamic and how the collective whole recovers can determine the emotional health of individual members.  Families that cope with grief as a communicative unit recover collectively over the loss better than families who divide and fall apart in a dark despair of silence. A Death in the Family Shakes Up the Physiology of the Family Just as an organism has various individual functioning elements, so

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Why Do You Fear Death?

Why Do You Fear Death?

Death Comes To Everyone: Grief and Bereavement Education The moments the first air fills into the lungs of an infant, death has already come one second closer.  We are all born to die.  Death is inevitable.  Yet while a inevitable, some people fear it, while others respect or welcome it.  What causes these emotional differences within the human mind? One can look at an array of philosophical, social and theological variables that form one’s opinion on death.  From the standpoint of the modern man, an array of pithy sayings and cliches fill books with supposed help.  Euphemisms that side track

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Grief Counseling Education Program: Early Attachment Bonding and Its Effects on Adult Grieving

Grief Counseling Education Program: Early Attachment Bonding and Its Effects on Adult Grieving

Grief Counseling Education Program: Attachment Bonds and Grief Reactions As social creatures, humans must interact in society.  At every level there exists various relationships from the micro level of the family to the macro level of a nation.  In each relationship various bonds form between people and the health and intensity of each bond reflects the grief reaction.  The work of John Bowlby best expresses this when he conducted his research regarding mother/child bonding. The first and most sacred bond is the bond between child and parent.  This caregiving bond establishes not only immediate care and love but also lays

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Grief Myths and Denial of Pain

Grief Myths and Denial of Pain

Grief Myths Grief myths are self defense systems within our own mental and cognitive functioning where we utilize denial as a way to ward off pain or disturbing thoughts.  Thoughts of death, or the reality of death can sometimes become overbearing and naturally denial seeps in.  Denial is a natural reaction within the process of grief, but if we hold onto these myths of denial for too long a period, they can become pathological. The first four myths listed here are personal and reflect how people attempt to dismiss pain when in grief. 1.  I can handle this on my own 2. I do not need to

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Andy Whitfield and His Fight with Death

A Gladiator Who Fought Cancer and Died with Dignity Andy Whitfield, the actor in the Sparticus from Starz, represented on the screen a strong and powerful leader who would lead a slave rebellion against the powers of Rome, in real life, he was a strong and powerful father who would lead his own fight against cancer.  Unfortunately, like Sparticus, Andy also while defying the odds, fell victim to defeat.  Yet as Sparticus, one cannot deny the fortitude and strength of Andy as he faced death.  In this, we can all be impressed. Nicki Gostin writes in QA: ‘Spartacus’ star Andy Whitfield’s widow making doc about

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Three Conditions of Grief

Three Conditions of Grief

The Three Bonds That Provoke The Grief Reaction There are three states of being in regards to grief reaction that grief counselors and other psychological professionals have identified.  They deal primarily with the state of bonding and the loss that correlates with that.  Like all ideal states of happiness, things can be taken, threatened or never fulfilled.  This is the state of man in the fallen and temporal world.  True happiness can never be found in this world which forces people to seek the supernatural where in the next life, happiness is never lost, threatened or unfulfilled. In regards to grief, the