Whats It All About?

For most people life is a fairly ordinary existence - and when I say ordinary I mean a contented, 'far from perfect' way of life. And that's okay? until something major happens to rock the boat.Divorce, illness, redundancy, an accident or the death of someone close ? any one of... Read More

Lessons We Learned From Terri Schiavo

Let's talk about Terry Schiavo, since her death illustrated for me many aspects of grief and hope. Who among us was not moved by the drama of her last days? I know I was. Her death was not the way I would want my own death to be. When my... Read More

Pope John Paul II

WHAT I LEARNED FROM POPE JOHN PAUL II ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I am not a Catholic, but I felt a deep loss when Pope John Paul II took ill and then died. That's what happens to us with public people--we connect with them even if we didn't know them. Remember when JFK was... Read More

Coping With A Funeral

When the death of a loved one occurs, regardless or whether it was expected or not, you will find yourself having to deal with a great number of people. Some you will know closely, others may be complete strangers; all will be claiming some kind of relationship to the deceased.Whilst... Read More

Made in Heaven

Consumed by my loss, I didn't notice the hardness of the pew where I sat. I was at the funeral of my dearest friend - my Mother. She finally had lost her long battle with cancer. The hurt was so intense; I found it hard to breathe at times.Always supportive,... Read More

Loss Involves Change - The Transformative Power of Loss and Change

There are many experiences in life, which remind us that change is an inevitable part of living. We then have to choose to either to resist this process or look for new ways of finding meaning in our lives. Losing a loved one to homicide, for example, is one of... Read More

Are We All Losers? Understanding Grief

The well-known pioneer researcher Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross identified five states through which the dying patient goes. It is also true that the recently bereaved and the about to be bereaved evidence the same stages. Kubler Ross has labeled the 5 stages denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. People do not... Read More

Grief

I didn't know a heart could die before it stopped beating. I didn't know a life could cease before it stopped breathing.I didn't know how devastation could wend a living soul I didn't know how death could make one lose all self control.I didn't know the pain of loss was... Read More

Death, Close and Personal

I got an email recently from someone whose mother died. She knew I'd suffered the loss of my mother and wanted some insight on how to deal with it. Unfortunately for her, I had no advice...shit...I'm still dealing with it.Every single day I think about my mother. I think about... Read More

You Can Help A Grieving Heart

Oh, we can talk about the best cold medications and if cherry cough syrup tastes better to kids than orange. We can recommend preschools and sneakers. But the hardest part of parenting is the least often discussed. The roughest aspect of being a parent is losing a child.Then we clam... Read More

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We are the Reflection of our Lives: How to Survive Loss & Humility

Everyday, I look in the mirror to see the face... Read More

Moving Beyond Grief and Loss

In my work as a coach and therapist, I have... Read More

The Truth About Emotional Intelligence

There is so much emphasis on emotional intelligence these days... Read More

Watching Death

Like it or not, we think in line with our... Read More

What this Rabbi Learned from Not being Re-hired

It's a familiar story, and I have been through it... Read More

You Have to Show Up: On Small Miracles (Okay, maybe not so small)

I hadn't intended to go to my cousin's funeral.That sounds... Read More

An Unexpected Letter

It was a couple of weeks after Christmas, and I... Read More

Do You Know Someone Whos Dying?

Too many people are dying alone?The dying are one of... Read More

Grief & Loss - Healing Your Broken Heart

What is it about Grief & Loss that upsets us... Read More

Guilty, Your Honor: The Burden of Guilt After a Suicide

Guilty, Your Honor, I whisper.Have you ever done anything so... Read More

Made in Heaven

Consumed by my loss, I didn't notice the hardness of... Read More

Suicide in the Church Part 2

In a town the size of mine - about 16,000... Read More

What is an Appropriate Sympathy Gift?

When a friend or loved one is grieving, it is... Read More

How to Deal with Suicide and Euthenasia

The following is a report that indicates how you might... Read More

The Lesson of a Mothers Death

Dedicated to my mother, FlorenceNovember 11, 1920 ? May 25,... Read More

How To Write A Eulogy

Remembering someone special in a personal way can be healing... Read More

Who has the Worst Pain

During the 28 years I have been interacting with bereaved... Read More

The Twists and Turns of Life

When I was born in 1962 I thought life was... Read More

Suicide - An Eternal Pain

Suicide is the one form of death that has quite... Read More

Handicapped From Suicide

I am 23 years old. I come from a large... Read More

The Grief And Belief Connection

"Grief is healing: To take away our grief is to... Read More

The Creative Side of Healing

One of the areas where I seem to be placing... Read More

One Stray Tear

The delight lit my face as the couple turned the... Read More

Death of a Parent: Saying Good-Bye to Mommy or Daddy

Coping with the death of a loved one is never... Read More

Miracles?

If we were to organize a list of the thorniest... Read More