Allowing the Pain of Grief to Take Its Time Loss is part of life. Losing a loved one sets off the experience of grief in different ways for each person, and honoring that individual process is the best way to deal with it in ourselves and others. Our culture isn’t quite comfortable with grief. In […]
Suicide Leaves Friend Dealing with Grief Sculptor Hanno Ahrens was a big man with a huge personality. He created big works of art. He bought a big piece of property in the northeastern corner of California called Surprise Valley. He built a huge barn with a Quonset hut on top. And in that barn he […]
I have been thinking about grief a lot lately, especially after the horrific massacre of 49 people in Orlando last Sunday. I think about their loved ones left behind trying to make it through the world without them – one breath at a time. Eight months ago my niece, Rosaleen, died from cancer. My sister, […]
A serious illness or loss of a pet can be as psychologically devastating as that of a person. Many people go through the same range of emotions and grief process when a pet dies as that experienced after the death of a person.
Infertility and Loss As small children we role play as adults. We are explorers, teachers, doctors, police officers, presidents. Most often we are mommies and daddies. Children are socialized from the earliest moments to aspire to be like their parents and have children of their own. Occasionally, as children grow up to adults, they decide […]
“With ambiguous loss, there is no closure; the challenge is to learn how to live with ambiguity.” –Pauline Boss, Ph.D. Ambiguous Loss: Dementia and Alzheimer’s Pauline Boss created the theory of Ambiguous Loss, a loss that occurs when a person is physically present but mentally absent, […]
Five Stages of Mourning When people think of grief and loss what most typically comes to mind is loss related to death and dying. It is generally understood that it takes a certain amount of time and energy to grieve the loss of a loved one or pet. According to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross in her book, […]