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Unless you’ve been through it, you can’t understand it. It’s that simple.

Grief is not something you understand from a distance.

Learn from a fellow traveler’s down-to-earth approach to healing. STUNNED by Grief is realistic and revealing. You’ll discover what to expect. And you’ll find tools and tips to remap your life. 
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When you’re devastated by loss, what good is a journal?

This journal will help you cut through the pain that isolates and freezes you—and get to the heart of what really matters.

Writing about your loss is one of the most important things you can do. It’s key to tapping into your grief, working through it, and releasing what’s buried deep inside.
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If you’re going through grief, this blog is all about you—and focusing on your questions, concerns, struggles, triumphs, and the countless issues you face.

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Is There a Shortcut through Grief?

admin : July 18, 2016 11:37 am : Changes, Coping with Grief, Decisions and choices, How to help grievers, Shortcut through grief, Stunned by Grief

Sun inside heart against sunset_shortcut through grief

How many of us have wondered, “Is there a shortcut through grief?” – and desperately wished that somehow, some way, we’d discover that quicker way.  more »

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Hard Lessons Learned about Grief: How Can You Turn Things Around after a Tragedy?

admin : June 30, 2016 4:28 pm : Attitude, Coping with Grief, Decisions and choices, Hope, Resilience, Response to tragedy, Stunned by Grief

group of skyscrapers showing opening up to blue sky

You just received some stunning news, and your world has been turned inside out and upside down.  What will you do, and how can you turn things around after a tragedy or a deep heartache and keep going?  Your first thought is, “I don’t know how I’m ever going to get through this.” Even though your world has stopped, everyone else’s world keeps going on as usual.  How will you get through this tragedy?  What will your life look like afterward?

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Don’t Be Afraid to Give Sorrow Words

admin : January 12, 2016 4:20 pm : Coping with Grief, Effects of Grief, Holidays, anniversaries, special occasions, Stunned by Grief

Stormy Dark Sky with Glimmer of Light on MountainscapeWhen I read an especially meaningful quote recently, I could not help but think about the holiday season and the struggle it ushers in for anyone who is grieving. Yet, it’s not just about the ‘holiday’ season, but the meaningful times we experience throughout the year. All of these times are especially tough for anyone who is grieving. William Shakespeare penned the insightful phrase, “Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o’er-fraught heart and bids it break.” Grievers are often so self-conscious about the possibility of their feelings spilling out unwillingly or unexpectedly that their dread of special days intensifies even more.

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