A Nation Grieves For Those In Boston
Once again here in the US we are faced with grief from a horrible tragedy with the bombing at the Boston Marathon. What we have viewed on TV is reminiscent of what we have viewed from war scenes.
The grief over the sudden deaths and injuries will make people pause and wonder if they are safe? Is their city safe and are their children safe. We are all experiencing the shock, anger and sadness which are all typical reactions of grief.
How do we talk to our children about what’s happened?
We should talk to our kids… Continue reading
Grief From A Hurricane
By now we have all seen the 24/7 coverage of the destruction on the east coast left by Hurricane Sandy on October 29th. What I see are the many losses that the people will bear who have survived.
When we think of grief we immediately think of the loss of life and yet in addition to loss of life and the grief the families must bear is the huge grief survivors face. Loss of their homes, all their personal possessions many of which are irreplaceable, their livelihood and their communities. Yes, their is much grief in… Continue reading
When An Ex-Spouse Dies
Recently one of my dearest friends told me her ex-husband had died. She expressed her deep grief and told me that other friends wondered why she was experiencing such grief when they were divorced?
It’s complicated and referred to as disenfranchised grief. Disenfranchised grief refers to losses that are not publicly acknowledged, socially supported, and openly mourned.
Whatever you call this grief, I believe as human beings who feel emotionally, we just need to be recognized as people dealing with loss of any kind.
We grieve because we love, regardless of how the relationship ended. … Continue reading
Compassion- an amazing trait you learn when you grieve
“Compassion is an amazing trait you learn when you grieve” thoughts shared in this story of death, grief and the experience of a deep dark well.
Living in the Bottom of a Well
By Sheri Hall
You look up you see a small circle of light-it is the way out. It is seemingly far away but closer than you think. It is very small; you do not want to look up. You look around at the stone walls that surround you, most would feel claustrophobic but not you. Here is where you can be you. Here… Continue reading
Lessons of Loss – Moving in a New Direction
By: Cindy Adams
Life in my young thirties was wonderful. I was working in the school system when my youngest daughter started kindergarten. I was a happy wife and a joyful mother. Life couldn’t get better. My husband was a wonderful spouse and father. We had the American dream of having two children, a dog, living in a single family home with a fenced in backyard and swimming pool. We had fantastic neighbors and friends, and a good church family. What more could I ask for?
So what did I do when my life fell apart? My… Continue reading