Manageable & Quick Stress Management Techniques

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past nor to worry about the future but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”   Each day, every person faces stress in some form or fashion, most of the time without even noticing. Some might notice their stress…

Incorporating Mindfulness into Your Morning Routine

“Morning is an important time of day because how you spend your morning can often tell you what kind of day you are going to have.”   Upon waking in the morning, some immediately go into autopilot mode and try to complete their morning routine quickly and effectively by a certain time. In doing so,…

Embracing Grief Through Remembrance of a Loved One

Following the death of a loved one, it’s common for their family and friends who played an active part in their life to experience grief. Grief is our body’s natural reaction to change, and sometimes it takes a while for things to settle and find a new and healthy pace of life. You may find…

Managing Grief During the Winter Months

It’s easy to be hard on ourselves in times of grief. Today choose to be gentle with yourself. Winter is in full swing in the Ozarks. As I sit at my desk, the snow is falling, and my heater is turned up. There is something about winter that makes grieving even worse. The days are…

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…

A Letter to Grieving Parents

Dear grieving parents, This is not the life that you dreamed of or hoped for. You shouldn’t have face the experience of burying your child; most would say that you were supposed to go first. The passing of a child goes against the grain of what is expected and leaves a series of emotional, moral, and…

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…