Coping with Grief on Mother's Day

Tips for Coping with Grief on Mother’s Day

For many people, Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate and show appreciation for all our mothers do for us. And heaven knows, all those mothers out there deserve to be celebrated. For others, however, Mother’s Day can be a painful reminder of a mother no longer with them. If you’re struggling to cope with […]


Grief is a natural reaction to the loss we experience when someone we care about dies. As painful and difficult as it is, the grieving process is an important step in healing.  Everyone's path through grief is unique. There is no right way and there is no timeline. There are no quick fixes but there are things you can do to help make coping easier.

Pet Loss: 10 Tips for Coping With the Grief

No question about it, coping with the loss of a treasured pet is hard. The grief you feel from pet loss can be intense and complicated. In fact, that grief can be just as strong as what you experience when a human with which you have a close relationship dies. Working through grief from your […]

Grief And The Holidays

Most of us look forward to the sights, sounds, and celebrations of the holiday season. For those who have suffered a loss, however, this time of year presents many challenges, not the least of which is how to make the difficult journey through grief when it seems all those around us are filled with joy. […]

Handling Grief During the Holidays

For most people, the holiday season is a time of family, friends, and joy. For those who are grieving, however, the traditions and celebrations that we usually look forward to can be stark reminders of someone who is no longer with us. The grief can be more intense and the pain sharper. Even if you […]

Grief: Don’t Cheer Me Up!

Grief is complicated. It hits us each differently. For some, comfort comes quickly. For others, it can take time. How much time? Who knows? We all process grief on our own timetable. What happens when the grief belongs to someone you care about and you want to help? If your best friend just lost his […]

Coping with Grief after the Death of a Pet

It's Okay to Grieve When a Pet Dies The loss of a pet should never be minimized. Whether the pet was a favorite feline, a faithful dog or even a little turtle, pet loss can spark deep feelings of grief in the people who care for the cherished creature. Even young children experience grief when a pet has died and may act out their sadness. Furthermore, everyone experiences pet loss differently, so there’s no reason to expect specific behaviors from yourself or others.

The Five Stages of Grief

What are the stages of grief? A search of the internet will turn up articles on 4 stages, 5 stages and even 7 stages of grief. The concept of stages has evolved from the “5 stages of dying” popularized by Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her book, On Death and Dying, originally published in 1969. According to Dr. Kübler-Ross, the stages that a dying person goes through are: Denial and Isolation — initially the person denies that the situation exists, “It cannot possibly be,” and may withdraw and isolate himself from others.

Dealing With Grief When the Death was a Suicide

Doing and Saying Just the Right Things When A Person Takes His or Her Own Life In our culture, suicide is particularly difficult for friends and family. Police are involved. An autopsy is required by law. In some cases, family and friends are suspected of foul play. Survivors often feel incredibly guilty that they didn’t do enough to prevent the tragedy. Here are some things you can do to offer support to friends and family when a suicide occurs. When you learn that a person has taken his or her own life…

Dealing With Grief following Death from a Terminal Illness

Doing and Saying Just the Right Things When a Terminal Illness Takes a Life It’s not uncommon to feel helpless when someone has a terminal illness. When death occurs, there is often guilt at feeling relief. Caregivers can feel empty without the daily challenge of caring for their loved one. Here are some things you can do be supportive to friends and family following their loss. When a person dies from a terminal illness…

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