How Grief Changes You

The death of a loved one changes you in profound ways. A piece of you is missing, never to return, so the idea that grief would change you makes sense.  Because of this deep grief experience, you will never be the same again.   Suddenly, plans for the future are gone, so many aspects of…

Grief After a Suicide Death

“Death by suicide is not a selfish act or even a choice. It’s a sign of a mind that needs help.  It’s a horrific outcome to a tragic situation.”  David Kessler   Although all grief is difficult, the grief that follows a suicide death is among the most complex. Suicide is beyond comprehension for most…

What Does Healthy Grieving Look Like?

How do you know if you are grieving in a “healthy” manner?  We often question ourselves because we are grieving in a society that is unprepared for the depth of emotions involved in grieving, and that has given us unrealistic timeframes for grieving.   NO RIGHT WAY TO GRIEVE As you start your grief journey,…

How long does grief last?

Almost everyone experiencing new or acute grief asks this question.  The pain seems unbearable.  Surely no one can survive this for a long period of time.  How long will this last? The answer to this question is a bad news/good news response. Our impatience about how long grief lasts is fueled not only by the…

What Makes Grief During the Pandemic Harder?

Are you struggling to cope with the death of a loved one or close friend in the last year?  Does it seem the struggle is longer and harder than you think it should be?  One big reason is that you are grieving in a severely altered world —the world of a pandemic.  The grief from…