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Grief Counseling: What is Next for Newtown?

Overcoming the Grief in Newtown As Newtown continues to live the nightmare from last Friday, many are asking what is next for these poor victims of such a horrible crime.  Many are preparing a critical step in grief recovery which is commeration.  Through funerals, memorials, outreach from the country and important recognition from the president, the community will be able to grieve and express their feelings.  While this is far from the end of this nightmare and many tears are yet to fall, this is the beginning of a long journey of grief. Wayne Drash from CNN, writes about the

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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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Let’s Amend the Family and Medical Leave Act

Let’s Amend the Family and Medical Leave Act

Grieving the Loss of a Child It has often been said that there is no greater loss than losing a child to death. We believe this is true. Our current Family and Medical Leave Act does not include “loss of child” as an approved situation for a leave of absence from work. One person, Barry Kluger, is attempting to have this changed. His own journey of grief has now brought him to this important work and the American Academy of Grief Counseling supports him in this important quest. Please read the following article regarding Barry and the important journey he

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Complicated Grief and It’s Manifestations

Complicated Grief and How to Become a Certified Grief Counselor The grief cycle always stings but it does include recovery via acceptance and adaptation. Nonetheless, sometimes reactions to grief go well beyond the natural cycle and the skills of a grief counselor and require higher help. Abnormal or complicated grief can occur and in these cases requires this higher help. Abnormal characteristics include chronic depression, delayed grief, distorted grief, excessive grief, masked grief, or concomitant grief. When analyzing these reactions a few things need to be noted. First within a subjective element. The person who experiences the grief reacts differently

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Grief Counseling and Prolonged Grief

Grief Counseling and Prolonged Grief

Grief Counseling has to treat prolonged grief different than regular grief reactions.  While Bowlby’s ideas on attachment theory were originally designated for infants and their primary caregiver, the idea of attachment and the forming of bonds are still very important elements in how one will respond to a loss of a loved one.  In regards to complicated grief, its trajectories can lead to numerous pathological issues that need professionally addressed, however, surpisingly most people respond with resiliency to grief within the first six months.  Only 15 percent of the population experience complicated or prolonged symptoms.  Still, this number nevertheless represents