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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The Coming of Spring

As the days start to get longer and warmer and the first flowers of the season bloom, it’s clear that spring isn’t far away. Spring has always been a time to celebrate rebirth. Indeed, for many animals it is the time when new babies arrive—lambs, chicks and calves are generally born (or hatched) in spring,…

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Grief and the 16th President

When you think about Abraham Lincoln, grief is probably not the first thing you think about. But the 16th President, whose birthday is celebrated this month, was touched by loss and grief throughout his life. Lincoln’s first lost happened when he was a young child. His younger brother, Thomas, died in infancy, when Lincoln was…

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New Year, New Beginnings

The end of one year and the start of a new one is a time when everyone in our culture is invited to think about who they want to be and how they want to experience the world in the future. For people who have experienced a loss, the new year and the new beginnings…

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