Posts Tagged ‘grief’

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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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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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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