Posts Tagged ‘needs of grievers’

Is It Possible to Take a Break from Grief?

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

serene turquoise blue ocean_green and gold plants in foreground_blue sky_take a break from griefIs is possible to take a break from grief? Stick with me for a moment and let me explain. Please! I think it’s not only possible at times, but necessary, to take a break from grief.

I will say, without a doubt, that grief is one of the most difficult experiences any of us will face in life. The idea of taking a break from grief does not in any way minimize or make light of its intense pain, effects, or significance. I recognize the deep and complex impact of grief that follows loss. In fact, its fierce and powerful characteristics are exactly why we need to take a break from grief.

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What Color Is Your ‘Grief’ Umbrella?

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Line of brightly colored umbrellas related to grief

You’re probably thinking, “I don’t even know what a ‘grief’ umbrella is”—and you’re asking me, “What color is your ‘grief’ umbrella?” Let’s work through this idea together …

Grief is a mystery and a shock when you first meet up with it. Nothing you’ve ever seen, read, or thought about grief prepares you for its reality. Just like death—when death steals someone you love away—a staggering realization hits your senses that your life has changed and it will never be the same again. That’s the way grief is, too. And when grief shows up, trust me, you’ll need ‘grief’ umbrellas.

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5 Ideas to Ease Holiday Anxiety During Grief

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Gold Red Green Christmas Ornaments and Ribbon on Tree

I’m very honored to be guest blogging today for the Journeys Through Grief Newsletter!

I hope you’ll check out the article and share it with your friends, family, and people you know.

People everywhere are experiencing all types of loss—and the holiday season is especially difficult for anyone who is grieving.  This article provides some ideas you may not have considered to ease holiday anxiety during grief. Perhaps by sharing this resource, you’ll be offering help to someone who really needs it now.

We all need hope. And we all need help at certain times.

Just click on the link here to read: Journeys Through Grief Newsletter

(Photo courtesy of office.microsoft.com)

What Do You Say to Someone Who Is Grieving?

Friday, February 10th, 2012

heart shaped trees on grassy knoll with vineyard in foregroundYou know someone who is grieving, and you happen to see them. What do you say?

Fear about what to say to a griever is common. Most people are uncomfortable around someone who is grieving because they’re afraid of saying the wrong thing. Since they have no idea what to say, often they simply choose to avoid the griever.

The most important thing anyone can do is to let the person who is grieving know that you care. Give them a hug, show them your concern for what they’re going through, and tell them you want to help (and mean it)!

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