Helping Grievers

Feeling Isolated and Disenfranchised Inside LGBTQIA+ Grief

Losing someone we love is always a difficult and painful experience. To ease our pain and find a path through grief, we observe various rituals and practices that are often seen as an expected part of mourning. Meaningful quotes or scriptures can be comforting, as are loved ones’ expressions of sympathy. Yet, for some communities,…

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Experiencing Grief When Your Child Comes Out As Trans

When your child trusts you with the information that they are a transgender person, you may experience a lot of conflicting emotions at once, especially if you don’t have other “out” trans people in your life and the transgender landscape is new to you. As you sort through various emotions and immediate reactions, you may…

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The Experience of Collective Grief

Lately, the act of turning on a T.V., opening a newspaper, or scrolling through a newsfeed has been stressful at best and day-ruining at worst. It seems like every day, we’re faced with more and more bad news that can sometimes result in feelings of sadness and hopelessness, causing a near-constant state of collective grief.…

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Navigating The Loss of Your Life Partner

Losing the person you share your life with is a life-changing event. Your most intimate relationship is more intertwined with your life than any other, so losing them can feel like losing a part of yourself. This loss touches every part of your life. It’s completely understandable to feel overwhelmed and like this is impossible…

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4 Must-Read Books While Grieving (This Summer)

One of the ways we mourn our losses in life is through community and connection with others. We gather for viewings, funerals, and memorials, and we honor our loved ones with shared family traditions. Sometimes, though—particularly in a peri-pandemic world—that connection and community can be a little bit harder to realize. We can feel alone,…

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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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5 Ways to Help Someone Who’s Grieving

Death, and the grief that follows the death of a loved one, makes many people in our culture uncomfortable. It’s something that parents often try to shield children from, and that many people feel pressured to hide. Yet pretending grief doesn’t exist isn’t the healthiest way to start the road to recovery—and it’s not helpful…

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How to Support your Grieving Spouse or Partner

Helping a significant other grieve can be excruciating, both emotionally and in terms of the practical responsibilities you might need to take on. In most cases, our significant others are our closest confidents and the people we feel most comfortable with expressing all of the uncomfortable emotions that come with grief. Especially if you’ve never…

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How to Support your Grieving Parent or Sibling

Supporting a parent or sibling through grief can be difficult, especially if your relationship with him or her isn’t perfect (as they often aren’t). This is especially true because if you’re in a position to support your parent or sibling through grief, you’re probably experiencing some level of grief yourself. A good place to start…

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How to Support Your Grieving Friend

When someone we love experiences a major loss, almost everyone wants to reach out and help in any way possible. When it’s a friend who’s experienced a major loss, we’re at an advantage over when it’s a member of the family, because usually the loss hasn’t touched us in nearly the same way. But helping…

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