Coping Strategies

Recommended Reading While Grieving

If you’ve recently lost a loved one, you might be struggling with the sense that you’re all alone—many young people I work with are the first in their peer group to experience a major loss. In the midst of intense grief, or even in the months and years that follow, it can be helpful to…

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Journaling Through Your Grief

When we lose a loved one, we lose the ability to talk to him or her, to ask for advice and to make amends. At the same time, we often experience emotions that are uncomfortable and/or socially unacceptable. Finding an outlet for all of the complicated emotions involved in the grieving process is important, and…

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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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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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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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