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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 

“I Must Be Strong, But I Don’t Want To Be”…

When President John F.  Kennedy was assassinated, a nation openly cried and mourned his death. Whether it was a numbing shock or a perceived notion that she had to show strength, we did not see the same expressions of grief from First Lady Jaqueline Kennedy. The public watched as she held the little hands of her children John John and Caroline as they moved through the funeral proceedings with a stoicism that could not be imagined. “The Jaqueline Kennedy Syndrome” was the new phrase as the media talked about the regal bearing of “Queen Jacqueline” which may have promoted the idea that her behavior was the standard for how people should cope with death and express their grief publicly.

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August 22 2016

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Kathryn Harrison Brown, MA, LPC 

How Do We Begin to Grieve

Learn to listen to your body. Where are you holding your tension/stress? Do you carry it in your shoulders? Neck? Head? Chest? Assess your body throughout the day to see how you are carrying your grief. After reading your body, take a moment to release the stress held within your body. Ease the tense shoulders, stretch your back, and breathe. Repeat this process again and again. There are relaxation apps and CD’s available to assist you in relieving your stress.
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August 22 2016

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief 

Book Review Grieving the Death of a Friend

The death of a friend is very often felt intensely and yet may go unrecognized by society. In his book, Grieving the Death of a Friend, Harold Ivan Smith shares his personal friend loss experiences as well as why this type of loss is often so painful. He illustrates this well through his conversational writing style and his use of quotations from other sources.
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August 22 2016

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Reading Laurie L. Mason, LISW-S, ACHP-SW 

A Child's View: 3 Ways to Remember Them

When someone you love dies, it is natural to remember them. Sometimes you have sad memories of when they were sick, things you said, or did not get to say. Sometimes you may have questions or wonder about what you saw or heard when they were sick and died.  Remember to ask an adult if you have questions, if you are wondering about something or if something is bothering you. Talking is a good way to sort through memories and heal your sad heart. You may even understand things better when you talk them over with a grown-up.

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August 22 2016

Categories: Grief and Loss About Grief Diana Battles LISW, ACHP-SW 

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