Holidays and Grief

Holidays are a time of traditions, rituals, and connection with loved ones.  In grief they can be especially difficult.  You may feel like you want to forget the holiday altogether since the traditions you have done or were expected to do are now void of his/her presence.  You may not even feel able to “celebrate” at all. Grief expert David...[ read more ]

Managing Anxiety in Grief: Six Series Episode 6 – Take a Mindful Walk

It may be hard to think about doing anything physical when you are sleep deprived and crying, but getting outside and moving your body is an activity that really helps with the anxiety experienced in grief. The physical exercise is of course appreciated by your body, and it can get your mind to focus on other thoughts, especially if you...[ read more ]

Managing Anxiety in Grief: Six Series Episode 5 – Productivity

One of the many frustrations experienced in grief is that of “getting stuff done.”  It’s hard to accomplish anything when you feel drained and exhausted, have recurring thoughts of the loved one who is no longer with you, are easily distracted, and frankly have no motivation to accomplish anything.  Not to mention crying off and on, handling questions and comments...[ read more ]

Managing Anxiety in Grief: Six Series Episode 4 – Differential Relaxation

In grief, we may become stressed due to repeated, recurrent thoughts that are related to our loss.  We replay images of the person who died, or events that led up to the loss. We keep thinking “if we had only done X or if we would have done Y” maybe our loved one would not have died or left. Our...[ read more ]

Managing Anxiety in Grief – Six Series Episode 3 – Worrying, B3’s and Deep Breathing

Worrying about your future after a loved one has died or is no longer in your life is commonly experienced in grief.  The tomorrow you had once planned together has now changed and it can be difficult to imagine a life without that person.  There are so many small and not so small thoughts that come into your mind and...[ read more ]

Managing Anxiety in Grief- Six Series- Episode 2- Recurrent Thoughts of Loss- Labeling

The experience of constant thoughts of the loss continues as we grieve.  These could be details of the loss itself, or memories of what life was like before the loss, or thoughts about actions we did or did not take that in our mind could have changed the outcome of the loss.  Or it could be recurrent thoughts of an...[ read more ]

Managing Anxiety in Grief – Six Series- Episode 1- Recurrent Thoughts of Loss – Heart Breathing

One thing I’ve learned from others who are grieving and in my own grief is that anxiety seems to magnify at this hard time. It manifests in many ways, and one that is particularly painful comes in the form of recurrent thoughts of the loss. These distressing thoughts play over and over again in our heads, making it hard to...[ read more ]

Leaning into Grief and Anxiety

Leaning into Grief and Anxiety As we continue to experience personal losses from the pandemic, and witness the social unrest from heinous violent acts, grief and anxiety are present everywhere we turn. The uncertainty, lack of ability to plan and expect, loss of connection with others, loss of life for some and ability to get basic survival needs met, and...[ read more ]

5 Things I Knew and am Relearning Freshly in Grief

In my practice helping people with grief, I work with my clients’ thoughts, feelings and behaviors experienced due to loss. Much of the time my understanding of grief comes from other grief specialists’ research and literature, lectures, podcasts, workshops, my own grief experience or from clients. Now having lost my dad just recently, I’m freshly here, and this time noting...[ read more ]

Handling Time Distortion with COVID-19 Restrictions- What Day Is It?

I’m hearing so many comments about the lost perception of time lately.  “I don’t know what day it is.” “Was that two days ago or two weeks ago?” “I feel like it’s Groundhog Day,” (alluding to the movie when actor Bill Murray’s character experiences the same day repeatedly). We may have felt this before when we were on vacation or...[ read more ]

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