The Grief Journey

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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Building New Holiday Traditions After a Death in the Family

The holidays are a particularly difficult time of year for most people who’ve experienced a relatively recent death in the family. It’s supposed to be a time of celebration and a time to spend with family, repeating traditions that might go back to your own childhood. But if a family member has died, you might…

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Life, Loss, and Grief

Grief is a normal response to loss. The more significant the loss is, the more intense the grief can be. Grief is most commonly associated with the death of a loved one, although any loss can cause grief, including: relationship breakup, decline in health, chronic illness, termination of employment, financial instability, a miscarriage, death of…

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