Posts Tagged ‘grief support’

Why Most People Don’t Understand Grief

One of the most common complaints from people who have lost a loved one is that others in their life don’t get it. Friends and family have a tendency to make comments that range from awkward to downright cruel, and just don’t seem to understand either the emotional responses to the death of a close…

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Who Am I Now?

Those who haven’t lost someone close to them might find it melodramatic when you say you feel like a part of you died with your loved one—but it’s not an exaggeration. When a loved one dies, we lose part of our identity, as a husband or wife, as a son or daughter or as a…

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Young Widowhood—Children

Many deaths come with a cascade of losses—the loss of hopes and dreams, the loss of specific traditions, the loss of your relationship with specific family members. When your spouse dies young, one of the biggest losses relates to children. If you already have children, you’re grieving not just the loss of your spouse but…

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Young Widowhood—Dating and Sex

Most young widows eventually feel ready to date and perhaps even marry again, but most find that everything related to dating and sex is more complicated as a widow than it was as a younger single person. In the dating world people talk about baggage—and while your late spouse isn’t a suitcase, most widows do…

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Young Widows: Preserving Memories

When you’re faced with living another 30, 40 or 50 years without the person you assumed would be by your side for decades, it’s common to worry about memories fading and/or losing your connection to your late spouse. This fear is often especially acute in young widows who have children—you feel a responsibility to keep…

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Young Widows: Reimagining Life

Our relationships with our spouses are largely about sharing a vision for the future and working together to make those dreams a reality. If you’re a young widow, your spouse’s death is so much more than losing the person you love—it’s also a loss of the future you were building together. These shattered dreams are…

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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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How to Support your Grieving Co-Worker

When someone at work experiences a major loss, it can be hard to know how to respond—especially if it isn’t a person that you’re particularly close to. Here are some tips for handling it well, in a way that will be genuinely appreciated by your coworker and that helps keep everything running smoothly in the…

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