Posts Tagged ‘mourning’
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,…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More