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If You Are Looking for a Sign, This Might be It

And if not, well it only took 5 minutes to read. First, let me start off by saying that I am a person who believes in signs of some sorts. (I implore you to keep reading even if that first sentence throws you off as complete BS. But hey, it’s your life, so you do…

When Mother’s Day Hurts

Mother’s Day. The one day of the year where everyone from the neighbor you rarely see, to the advertisements on every media outlet within eyesight or earshot sings thanks and praises for the incredible feats of generosity, love, and nurturing mothers provide each day. Across the nation, this day is presumably filled with brunch or…

Older People Grieve Differently

Grief is the natural and expected reaction to any kind of loss, not just another person’s death.  A person will inevitably experience grief any time they lose something in which they have invested their time, energy, emotions, or dreams.  Grief is the complex process of experiencing emotional, physical, psychological, behavioral, social, and spiritual reactions to…

The Silence After Tragic Loss

I lost my father to suicide in March of 2014. I was waist-deep in a clinical psychology doctoral program; however, no class, therapy session or research paper could have prepared me for this crushing blow. This was my best friend, my supporter, the coolest guy I know – my dad. The first few weeks were…

Grief and the Holidays

The end-of-the year holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, and New Years, can be complicated to face when you are grieving. It is very normal to experience an increase in your grief during this time as we reflect back on memories, traditions, and connections while your loved one was alive. You may be even more…

All Hallows Ever…and Other Traditions

Halloween, while different this year, shows its face in the many traditions we have created around it – candy corn, plastic pumpkins with sly grins, hay bales, witches, spiders, and ghosts. These traditions are typically familiar to those of us around us, and we may assume that October 31st and the days before and after,…

Grief Rituals and How They Help

The death of a loved one profoundly shatters our assumptive worlds as a person who meant such a great deal to daily life is suddenly gone.  The absence leaves a void that begs to be filled for what can feel like ages, and waves of grief are physically, mentally, and emotionally crushing.  This distress can…

Mindful Art for Coping

As you learn to navigate life after a loss, you may notice different ways that your grief is affecting you.  Grief can have an impact on how you feel both physically and emotionally.  You might notice some changes in the way you think, act, or interact with others.  Grief can also have an effect on…

Can We Heal Grief?

What do we mean by “healing grief?” This is such a great question! First, it is important to know that we often experience the expectations placed on us by those around us when dealing with grief. For example, others may say or expect that our healing process will go in a specific direction. They may…

Acceptance and Grief During COVID

Acceptance comes in moments, moments when you acknowledge what you’re feeling at that time, whether its sadness, happiness, doubt, whatever the feeling is, you acknowledge it and accept it. By doing this, you give your feelings validity and accept that it is okay to feel them in that moment. By saying to yourself, “I feel…