Bride’s Photoshoot Goes Viral

Nearly one year after the tragic death of her fiance, this grieving woman decided there was something she needed to do, no matter how difficult it would be.

The results of her bridal photo shoot quickly went viral, and now people all over the world are finding inspiration in her show of absolute strength.  Read the full story here.

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Grief and Divorce: 10 commandments to Survive the End of a Marriage

Lately I’ve been meeting a lot of women who are on the verge of leaving their marriages, have left their marriages or have been left behind, or are in the throes of an annulment or legal separation. It’s an arduous journey, not one for the faint of heart. It’s familiar terrain to me, having walked that… [Read more…]

Ash Wednesday and Lent: Six Critical Facts

True Hope and Change in JesusAsh Wednesday, marks the beginning of Lent for Christians. It is a time of fasting and reflection, a time for spiritual growth and awareness. As Christians begin this Lenten season, here are six facts about Ash Wednesday and what it represents: 1.) Season of Lent. Lent is traditionally a 40-day period of fasting leading up… [Read more…]

Hospice for Children: ‘Families Are Desperate and Need This’

Countless Americans understand and have grown to count on the irreplaceable quality of care and support that hospice provides when a loved one is terminally ill or dying. But there is a niche the palliative care program is looking to better serve: children. The Twin Cities, Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, are working to become home…

Nearly 13,000 children up to age 19 die each year in the United States from an unintentional injury, and about 1,250 die of cancer nationwide. A discussion of hospice is not a conversation anyone wants to have; hope and healing are always the goal. But far too many families find themselves in this reality and are unsure of where to go to give their children the best possible last days if all other options have failed. [Read more…]

Helpful Tips for Coping with Grief

 

children grief helpThere are many different types of grief. We grieve the loss of a loved one, but to an extent we grieve any loss. We may feel a sense of grief when our children leave home, or a friend moves away, when someone we love is terminally ill or dealing with an illness or condition which will leave them permanently changed. Losing the person we knew, and the future we expected, leads to a sense of loss. When a woman loses a baby, the whole family grieves for the loss of the baby, but also the loss of the life they were preparing for and dreaming of. Equally, when a woman learns she cannot have children, she might feel a sense of grief for a life she never had. You can even grieve the loss of a job. Here are some tips to help you live with your grief, and not let it consume you.

Get Help

Speak to your friends and family members about how you are feeling. Don’t feel you need to suffer alone. There are people that want to be there for you; you just need to let them. Consider speaking to a counselor or therapist. Counselors are great at building trusting relationships with their clients, which can then be used to find the best possible way to help you through your grief.

Let Yourself Be Sad

It’s ok to be sad. Whatever loss you are grieving, it’s ok. Let yourself be upset. It may take time before you feel normal again, and you might be forever changed. It’s important to accept this, and allow yourself the time you need. You may have months or perhaps years of feeling ok, and then a small reminder will upset you. That’s ok too.

Laugh

Many people, when they are experiencing grief, feel guilty if they laugh or have fun. Don’t. It’s good to laugh. It doesn’t mean you have forgotten. Let yourself find peace in happy times. It doesn’t mean you don’t care.

Love

Take solace in those you love. Let your grief be a reminder of how important love is. Allow them to help you, and just enjoy them. Take positives from an awful thing; you may find it brings you closer together.

Be Honest

It’s incredibly important, to not only be honest with others, but to be honest with yourself. Recognize your feelings, and be honest with yourself. Don’t try and feel how you think you should. There is no reason to hide way, or be ashamed of your feelings. The fact that you can feel is what makes you human, and why you will recover.

Focus on Positive Memories

Whatever you have lost, remember the good times. Try not to focus on questions like “why?” or “what if?” Instead remind yourself of the positive times. Take peace from them and let yourself smile.

Often, when people have recovered from grief, and have had a positive experience with counseling, they have a desire to give something back. Use your experience to create something positive and peruse an online degree in counseling. You may find studying an online counseling degree leads to a rewarding career helping others move on from their own grief.

Why the Best Grief Counselors Are the Ones Who Have Suffered Loss

Grief comes in many forms and, unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all remedy to take away some of the suffering of loss. Sometimes that loss comes in the form of the death of a loved one and other times it is the result of the breakup of a relationship; and other times still it is the loss of a job or a pet or a friend who’s moved away. Anytime there is loss, there is potential for grief and if you have ever loved and lost, you know what grief can do to you. Those who have suffered loss understand the stages of grief and the pain they experienced, and why it is often said they make the very best grief counselors.

The Difference between Sympathy and Empathy

Let’s take a look, for a moment, at a grief counselor who is sympathetic towards a client’s pain and suffering. Although that sympathy is heartfelt, it isn’t the same thing as empathy. How many times have you wanted to smack someone (figuratively of course) because they said, “I know how you feel.” No, they don’t know how you feel. They’ve never been there, never done that and certainly have never felt what you are feeling now. (No, you can’t know this but you ‘feel it’ in their response. There’s something not quite authentic in their tone or expression.)

Popular Careers in Psychiatric Social Work Prepare You for Grief Counseling

One of the most popular and highly needed careers as a social worker with an MSW online is in the field of grief counseling because that is something that not everyone is cut out for. Some people can work with those suffering profound loss and others are simply unable to deal with such a high level of pain in another person. According to information released by Rutgers Online in their online MSW program, psychiatric social work is a highly favored branch of social work in which a grief counselor would be employed.

With the right training you can be taught to think with empathy and not sympathy because that is what a grieving widow will hear in your voice. That is what an unemployed family man with three little kids will feel coming from you. Without that touch of sincerity, ‘understanding’ what they feel may do more harm than good.

Many Approaches to Help Those Stricken by Grief

Whether you choose a career in social work to counsel those who are suffering grief from a psychological or emotional perspective, or are in a profession that enables you to offer them the kind of financial help they need to get through a very trying time, this is something you can do and be good at if you, yourself, have suffered loss. Yes, you can learn social work without having shared common experiences with your clients, and sometimes it helps you stay detached if you haven’t.

However, when it comes to grief counseling, those who have suffered loss are less likely to give textbook platitudes. They are more likely to speak from the heart and that is what someone grieving really, really needs.

President Obama mourns slain Dallas Officers

US Flag drapping They ‘shared a commitment to something larger than themselves’

DALLAS — President Barack Obama extolled the five police officers slain in Dallas as examples for Americans to follow, talking at length Tuesday about their service before calling on divided Americans to listen more to one another and argue less out of anger. “Like police officers across the country, these men and their families shared a… [Read more…]

Australian Boy Sews 365 Teddy Bears a Year for the Grieving, Sick

children grief help When Campbell Remess couldn’t afford to buy Christmas gifts for children in the hospital, he started making teddy bears for them. Nearly three years later, the Australian 12-year-old is still sewing-and he sends these one-of-a-kind plush toys to hot spots of misery around the world.
Campbell has been averaging one new bear a day for the… [Read more…]

Grief Anniversaries

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Do you feel all alone with the anniversary of your loss comes up?  Or maybe, it’s the time of the day or the day of the week that strikes sad reminders.  It can be very difficult to deal with these times, as no one else can relate to your grieving moment.

Writer John Pavolitz provides a relevant look at those days and times where we are all alone with our grief.