Grief Support for Children

Children cope with grief in many ways. Having strong and persistent emotions may be a new feeling, depending upon the relationship and attachment level they have with the deceased; and the process of bereavement may be fraught with difficulty. Initial reactions like sadness, disbelief, anger, and intense frustration at the news are to be expected,…

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How to Help Children Cope After the Loss of a Parent

When a child loses a parent, their whole world is shaken. Before they experience that kind of loss, they most likely feel safe in the world knowing that they’re loved, protected and cared for. A parent can represent that pillar of strength for them. So when they lose a parent, children can start to feel…

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Loss and Grief During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a humbling, harrowing experience for people across the planet. We’ve had our lives altered in ways big and small. While hope runs high as vaccine distribution accelerates and a return to a form of normalcy is on the horizon, many are still dealing with loss and grief as the pandemic…

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7 of The Best Streaming TV Shows To Watch When Grieving

Grief can sometimes feel lonely, especially when there aren’t people around you who may understand what you’re going through. Seeing other people’s grief experiences, even in a fictional setting, may help you better understand and learn about your own grief, and may even provide you with a sense of feeling seen and understood. Everyone will…

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Recommended Winter Reading: Coping With Grief & Loss

Whether you’re experiencing a newer loss or have been coping with one for some time, it’s easy to feel alone and silenced by our personal pain and trauma. In the midst of it all, it can be helpful to learn about shared grief journeys, true stories of loss from others, and how they’re getting by…

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How to Choose a Grief Support Group

Grief support groups can be a wonderful, therapeutic way to find outside support, connect with others who will understand what you’re experiencing, and learn about new coping strategies as you work through your grief. When led by qualified licensed professionals, online grief support groups, in particular, can be a great way to stay emotionally connected…

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Facing Valentine’s Day as a Young Widow

Congratulations—you’ve made it through the holidays. The mistletoe is gone and you’ve navigated creating new traditions, continuing old ones, and/or taking a break from the holidays altogether. For those whose spouses died, however, the Valentine’s Day candy and advertisements that pop up even before you’ve taken down the Christmas tree offers a stark reminder that…

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Why Grief Counseling Works

Every person will experience some form of grief in their lifetime. Whether it’s losing a beloved friend or family member; the loss of a job, career, pet, or way of life, grief takes on many forms and it often looks and feels different for everyone. While the causes and experiences of grief may differ for…

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Religious Rituals–Catholicism, Judaism, Islam

For many people who’ve experienced the death of a loved one, religion can help both find meaning in his or her passing as well as solace in the belief of an afterlife. Different religions have a different interpretation of what happens after death as well as different rituals that are supposed to help both the…

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Religious Rituals–Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism

The way that death is understood in Asian religions is quite different from the way Judeo-Christian culture thinks about death. This difference in perspective leads to dramatically different rituals related to death but also to a generalized difference in the way losses are mourned. There are too many differences between Asian cultures and Western cultures…

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