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Grief and Loss- Wishing the World Would Stop- Just Briefly

When you lose somebody, or something, the thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations can be so overwhelming that you need time to figure out how to deal with it all. Cognitively, emotionally, physically, spiritually, there is so much to manage. Recurrent thoughts of the death event or some other significant memory plague your mind. You may just burst out crying, and...[ read more ]

Grief- This Loss…and the Others

The current experience of loss may be as painful as it gets.  Thinking about all of the events surrounding the loss, life without the loved one, next steps…it’s all so much.  And if that isn’t bad enough, you get inundated with thoughts of other deaths, or other losses… leaving you raw and exhausted. Grief builds on past losses.  They accumulate. ...[ read more ]

Dance/Movement Therapy and Grief-When Words Fall Short

In grief, there are moments when the pain is so deep and intense words fall short.  There is no way to articulate adequately the physical and mental anguish pulsing through your body and brain.  You try and tell someone what you are going through but it is only a feeble representation of what the experience is like.  It is frustrating…you...[ read more ]

Guilt and Grief

One of the most common experiences I hear about when counseling grieving clients who have lost a loved one is the guilt they have over some aspect of the relationship with the deceased.  Guilt over the last moments with the person, not “being there” for the person, having disagreements, not going somewhere with that person, choosing the “wrong” hospital or...[ read more ]

Am I Grieving Right?

As individual as grief is, there are some common questions I hear often pertaining to behavior having to do with the grieving person.  People have come to me questioning their crying, whether they should cry more or less, some feeling guilt over not crying at all.  There is a question if it is OK to laugh or have enjoyable moments,...[ read more ]

Expectations in Grief – When can I be done?

Some of us go through the grief process and have this idea that we are going to be feeling better, different, or “back to normal” after a certain period of time.  This timeline is conceived from different places.  Family, friends, even the Diagnostic Manuel of Mental Disorders throw out timelines that really mess with us.  “People say I should be...[ read more ]

Stress, Anxiety and Grief when Changing Jobs

Nothing like a job change to bring on stress, anxiety and grief.  Whether it was your choice or a decision by management to “go in a different direction,” a flood of thoughts and emotions go through your head.  If it was you who quit, you may feel the rushed responsibility to complete work so that the ball doesn’t get dropped...[ read more ]

Grief from Loss of a Relationship

Break up, divorce, or dissolving a relationship is really tough mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.  It is the death of a former relationship, and like the actual death of a loved one, produces symptoms of grief.  Sleep disturbances, whether it be in the form of insomnia or wanting to just sleep most of the time, loss of energy/fatigue, loss of...[ read more ]

Grief and the Thanoversary- Anniversary of the Death of a Loved One

“He died a year ago today…it’s been five years now since the death of… 22 years ago my sweetheart passed…” These time markers- a year, 2 years, 10, 30 years etc. are hard. We go through the day-to-day life without the person, dealing with the grief, having some fair or even good days and some rough, but somehow the day...[ read more ]

Grief and the Holidays

Last week was Thanksgiving.  Today is the beginning of Hannukah.  In a few weeks there is Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year. Like punches to your stomach, you may feel pummeled.  It is very hard. The word “celebrate” just feels wrong.  Or “happy,” like” Happy Hanukkah “or” Happy Holidays” or “Happy New Year.”   Not a lot of “happy“going around when someone...[ read more ]


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