Grief Perceived as Anger

Anger is often described as a stage of grief after a loss and in some cases this is true.  Often the perceived anger associated with one loss may be compounded by unexpected additional stresses.  The individual may feel changes in themself and others may notice or think something is wrong. Low tolerance or no tolerance […]

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Small Wonders in Tough Times

Have you ever taken the time to analyse the events in your life and then wonder how you made it through the tough times? Sometimes, the tough times include grief and loss. There are inevitably, small wonders in the tough times. The small wonders can add up to big accomplishments. The small wonders may go […]

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A Deeper Look at Hugs

Recently I had a conversation about “HUGS”, which caused me to delve deeper into this action. I found it interesting how some people need and crave hugs, while others try to run away from them. Which one are you? Hugs mean different things to different people. Depending on your culture, background, gender, comfort level, abuse, […]

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Getting Overwhelmed

Getting Overwhelmed with Life Wow! Sometimes life seems to bring grief, loss, illness and more to the forefront. In the process we have a tendency to get swept up in the currents of frustration, confusion, helplessness and being overwhelmed. What do you do? No matter what you do, life has a way of making other […]

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Saying Good Bye

Have you ever wondered the special meaning “Good Bye” may have to someone when death is a focus of life? Who is saying “good bye”? How is “good bye” said? How hard is it to say “good bye” or is “good bye” necessary? All of these questions can have sadness, grief and heart ache. Imagine […]

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Loss

When talking about Alzheimer’s disease there are a few components that come to mind.  Some of these components may be associated with other diseases and losses.  If this is hereditary does that mean I will get it, what do I say to the individual, and what do I say to the family? I broach this […]

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No One to Call Mom or Dad

No one to call mom or dad may have numerous applications and reasons for being a fact of life for some individuals. The memories of this way of being for a child may continue into adulthood.  Stories remembered of making a craft for a mom or dad in school and not knowing what to do […]

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TIR & Life’s Traumas Revisited

Grief – Insomnia – Disturbing Memories – Guilt – Anxieties – Nightmares and more… Have you ever noticed that traumas perceived as a child seem to linger into adulthood?  Not only linger, the traumas seem to get more added to them and eventually as an adult they appear as improper or unhealthy ways of coping […]

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Grief and Milestones in Life

While travelling in Alaska I spoke with a woman who at approximately aged 65 shed tears as she talked about the milestones experienced in her life without the presence of her parents who died when she was aged 4. I am certain her situation resonates with some of you and provides a better understanding for […]

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What is the Purpose of Grief?

Recently, while doing an interactive presentation on the topic of “Grief and Spirituality” I was asked what I thought the purpose of grief was.  Delving deeper into this question I have a few ideas to share with you. Even though grief is a natural response to a loss there are different perspectives to take into […]

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