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Laundry and Grief

Laundry, dishes, vacuuming, mopping, taking out the garbage, lawn care, plowing.  What is the grief connection?

Maybe your laundry basket was always full, keeping you plenty busy, even after load after loads of clothes were already washed and dried.
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September 30 2016

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 

Wishing You Peace in the New Year

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The holiday season is often overwhelming. We are bombarded with the jingle jangle, the advertisements, the decorated stores and doctor’s offices. Everything is in your face, constantly reminding you of the joyful holidays that loom ahead.

What’s a grieving person to do? The physical absence of your beloved is palpable and your grief washes over you like it was just yesterday that your loved one died.

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September 06 2016

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Diane Snyder-Cowan 

The Grass Isn’t Growing….

Gardens are often used as metaphors for grief and there are many parallels. Gardening can help us work through the grief and loss in our lives. We can learn to take care of ourselves as we take care of our gardens. We notice the changes, the individual nature of the plants, the life cycle and the hope for growth and abundance.  Today let’s use the grass on our lawns as an analogy.  
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June 10 2016

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 

Sibling Grief

Sibling relationships are like no other. There is a commonality that does not exist in other relationships. When a sibling dies, the loss can be overpowering. Siblings are often thought of as the “forgotten mourners.” Friends, neighbors, and other family members offer comfort and support to mom and dad, but often neglect siblings, disenfranchising their grief. 
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May 21 2016

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 

Loneliness and Grief

There is a difference between loneliness and solitude. Solitude is a choice and typically, loneliness is not. If your partner/spouse dies, you are alone and it was not a choice. You may have spent 5, 10, or 20 plus years with someone and when they are gone from sight, you are alone. You are alone when you want to share a comment about something on the news or in an article you are reading. You are alone in the kitchen, alone watching TV and alone in bed.
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February 25 2016

Categories: Grief and Loss Diane Snyder-Cowan 

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