Posts Tagged ‘grief’

Grieving the Loss of a Companion Animal

When we open our homes and our hearts to a companion animal, we agree to share our lives and our future with these sweet little souls. Animals can quickly captivate our hearts and become an irreplaceable part of our family and our everyday routines are greatly enhanced by their presence and friendship. Losing a pet…

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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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How to Navigate Life After Losing a Parent

No matter what age you are, losing a parent will have a profound impact on your life. Parents serve as our lifelines. They represent support, love, encouragement, nurturing, guidance, and the list goes on. So when you lose a parent, you feel like you’re losing everything you’ve grown accustomed to knowing in this world. It…

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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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How to Help Children Cope After the Loss of a Parent

When a child loses a parent, their whole world is shaken. Before they experience that kind of loss, they most likely feel safe in the world knowing that they’re loved, protected and cared for. A parent can represent that pillar of strength for them. So when they lose a parent, children can start to feel…

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7 of The Best Streaming TV Shows To Watch When Grieving

Grief can sometimes feel lonely, especially when there aren’t people around you who may understand what you’re going through. Seeing other people’s grief experiences, even in a fictional setting, may help you better understand and learn about your own grief, and may even provide you with a sense of feeling seen and understood. Everyone will…

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Recommended Winter Reading: Coping With Grief & Loss

Whether you’re experiencing a newer loss or have been coping with one for some time, it’s easy to feel alone and silenced by our personal pain and trauma. In the midst of it all, it can be helpful to learn about shared grief journeys, true stories of loss from others, and how they’re getting by…

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Religious Rituals–Catholicism, Judaism, Islam

For many people who’ve experienced the death of a loved one, religion can help both find meaning in his or her passing as well as solace in the belief of an afterlife. Different religions have a different interpretation of what happens after death as well as different rituals that are supposed to help both the…

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Religious Rituals–Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism

The way that death is understood in Asian religions is quite different from the way Judeo-Christian culture thinks about death. This difference in perspective leads to dramatically different rituals related to death but also to a generalized difference in the way losses are mourned. There are too many differences between Asian cultures and Western cultures…

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A History of Mourning Traditions

Many people experiencing the death of a loved one for the first time find that they wish there was some framework for mourning in our society, some accepted way to communicate that you are grieving the death of a spouse, sibling, parent or even close friend. The lack of a commonly recognized way to express…

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