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
I talk with people about their losses all the time and it seems evident to me that more often than not it is ones faith that see’s them through their darkest, most difficult times. Continue reading
I wanted to share some thoughts I have about Father’s today. First, I am blessed to have my father still here with our family. At 79 years old he is still vibrant, relatively healthy and interested in life. He golfs twice a week, still cares for his yard and house, owns a business he participates in when necessary and usually is the one partner with all the creative and savvy ideas.
My step daughter isn’t so blessed to have her Dad with us as many of my regular readers know my husband died in June of 2005.… Continue reading
Right now at this place in time I believe much of the world is experiencing grief from loss of jobs, income, savings and sense of self. If you have lost a job you might feel a loss of your self-identity, isolated and alone. These are all feelings that we go through when we experience loss. We all know people experiencing this type of journey through grief and many people are mourning their losses outwardly. We must mourn the loss in order to heal and move forward.
Here are a few tips to share with anyone… Continue reading