Using Aromatherapy While Grieving

As anyone who’s used incense to set the mood knows, scents can be a major part of our environments and they can change our perspectives and emotions. If you’ve experienced a major loss, whether it is recent or not, aromatherapy offers ways to manage your environment and address the specific grief-related emotions you’re experiencing at…

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Grief & Exercise: Does It Really Matter

In the depths of grief, it’s often easy to retreat to your couch and spend hours watching television. There’s a place for that—but sitcom marathons shouldn’t prevent you from getting out and moving your body.  Exercise is a key part of taking care of ourselves physically, which is crucial after a significant loss. More importantly,…

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7 Easy Ways to Modify Stress-Related Coping Strategies, During COVID-19

The unknowns that lie ahead may not only serve to elevate already stressful circumstances, but can also beg the question, “how?” How can we adjust some of our favorite or most reliable coping mechanisms if we aren’t able to go the gym, out to an event, or socialize with friends? Here are seven ways you…

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An Open Letter To Those Grieving a Covid-19 Death

April 2020 Dear Grieving Family and Friends, I know you are in pain. It’s difficult when someone we love dies. And, it is even harder when we don’t get a chance to say goodbye. I am sure it feels like you are surrounded by loss. Everywhere you turn, it’s there. It’s on the TV, it’s…

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Eating Well In the Depths of Grief

What we eat can have a major impact on how we feel, both physically and emotionally—but unfortunately, when we’re deep in grief making the right choices about nutrition can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, this can lead to a vicious cycle, where the food we eat is just making us feel worse and making us sink deeper…

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How Grief Changes Over Time (AKA Grief Theories)

There’s nothing new about grief—it’s been part of the human experience since our beginnings, and there’s even plenty of evidence that animals grieve, too. As long as humans have been experiencing death and grief, we have also been trying to make sense of both death and the grieving process. In my practice, I find there…

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Developing Resilience through Grief

If you’re in the depths of grief, it’s probably hard to imagine that anything good will come out of it. In fact, post-traumatic growth is at least as common as post-traumatic stress—there’s evidence that many people really do become stronger and more resilient after experiencing a tragedy like the death of a loved one.  Not…

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Understanding The Grief Journey

If you’ve recently had a loved one die, it might feel like your life will never go “back to normal” or that you’ll never be able to live a happy, fulfilling life again. Indeed, it’s normal to feel completely overwhelmed by grief in the immediate aftermath of a loved one’s death.  Grief is a natural…

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Getting Through Grief After the Loss of Your Dad

Many adults are surprised by the intense emotions they experience after the death of their father, especially when their father dies relatively young. Everyone has a different relationship with their father, and usually that relationship is different that the relationship with their mother. Some are closer to their father, others closer to their mother. Either…

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Moving Through Grief After the Loss of Your Mother

Our mothers are our first protectors, our first playmates and our first support system. Even for people whose relationship with their mom isn’t ideal, the grief after losing your mother can be debilitating, often surprisingly so. Every death means an irreplaceable loss, but when your mother dies you lose not just a special individual, but…

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