Posts Tagged ‘coping with loss’

How Families Change After Loss

Loss can and often does change everything in our lives, including our relationship with our family. Some of the changes are for the better, some are simply different but neutral and others are undeniably negative. In the years following a loss, family dynamics will continue to evolve—sometimes becoming more like they were before the loss,…

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Is It Ever Okay or Possible to Move on?

If you’re dealing with a death of a loved one, the idea of “moving on” can feel insulting. It’s a phrase often associated with a break-up and implies emotional distance. But after a major loss, you will likely hear people talking about how you should move on. What does that mean, and is it even…

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Creating a New Narrative After Loss

It’s a cliche to say that life is about the stories we tell ourselves—but there is a lot of truth to that. How we understand the things that happen to us and around us is determined largely by the narratives we create and repeat to ourselves. How we understand the trajectory of our lives depends…

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Finding Strength and Resilience After Loss

After a major loss, it’s normal to find it hard to function for at least a short amount of time afterward. But even the most devastating loss can be an occasion for growth. For some people, the path towards resilience comes easily—usually people who both already had an optimistic mindset and who don’t see their…

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When Will I Get Better After a Loss?

We like to fix things, including ourselves. If you’ve recently experienced a loss, you might be wondering when you’ll feel “normal” again. There is a short and long answer to this question: Research does show that most people start to see ‘acute grief’ symptoms decrease around the six-month mark after their loved one’s death. The…

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Navigating the Loss of a Spouse to Suicide

A spouse is someone with whom you build a life and share all of the intimate details about who you are. They know you fully and accept you as you are, so when you lose your spouse, it may feel like you’ve suddenly lost a core piece of who you are. The world you’ve created…

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Coping with the Loss of a Child to Suicide

When you become a parent, it becomes your lifetime responsibility to care for and protect your children. So when a child dies by suicide, it can send you into a tailspin. It can feel impossible even to comprehend what has happened. Because in most cases, children are supposed to outlive their parents — not the…

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How to Find Healing After an Adult Sibling Dies

Everyone experiences grief differently. What we feel internally and how we express it externally all depends on the type of loss we’re dealing with. When it comes to the death of an adult sibling, grief and healing can come in all shapes and sizes. Sibling relationships can be complex, and when someone you have a…

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How the Loss of a Sibling Can Change Family Dynamics

While all families are unique, most families have an established order of operation or the way that they function. In other words, certain family members may take up specific roles and responsibilities. So what do families do when they experience a loss and their whole world changes, and their entire family dynamic shifts? The Ever-Changing…

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Learning to Live After Losing a Sibling

Sibling relationships play a unique role in our lives. Siblings combine the warmth of parenthood with the playfulness of friendship. Our brothers and sisters can often become the first person we confide in, the first relationship we share a solid history with, feel understood by, learn constructive conflict with, and provide emotional support too. They’re…

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