25 Oct Normal Grief Reactions – The List

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        Normal Grief Reactions – The List Help has arrived.  This list will help you navigate your personal healing journey.  It is important to keep in mind that we grieve all loss.  And that  Normal Grief Reactions are normal.  We don’t go looking for them—they just show up.  The intensity of a […]

15 Jul Healing Does Not Mean Forgetting

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Grief Can Make Us Think Crazy Things One common and normal gut-wrenching thought that can stop us in our tracks is the notion that if we move forward in our personal healing, we will forget our loved one.  Fear of forgetting takes over.  Guilt related to the idea of forgetting rides shotgun.  What you need […]

27 Feb Grieving and Healing: Avoid the Potholes

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    Grieving and healing is a process. This process includes normal grief experiences that have emotional pitfall and pothole potential.  Unfortunately, these experiences are known for their ability to hold a griever emotionally hostage or for just making the grieving and healing journey more difficult. Once you know what they are it’s easier to […]

06 Dec Ideas To Combat Loneliness During The Holiday Season

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Extra Lonely Time Of Year   A holiday is an in your face reminder of how much has changed.  A holiday is a painful reminder of who is missing.  During the holiday season it is not unheard of to receive invitations to events because people feel sorry for us—or an invite that we usually receive […]

05 Dec Dealing With Grief: 5 Ways To Prevent A Holiday From Being Ruined

Yes! We Drive Each Other Nuts! Grieving family members, including children, tend to drive each other nuts because we each grieve differently and on our own personal healing time table.  Normal grief pain produces normal grief responses—and the grief responses that you experience may or may not be the same as other family members. Normal […]

04 Dec Grief Pain – Why You Need A Holiday Plan

This Holiday Season… The Importance of Having a Plan Why?   Planning can be difficult when we are grieving because a normal grief response is to resist making decisions or planning anything in advance.  However, without a plan, the risk of being completely miserable and feeling depressed during this season is usually 100-percent guaranteed.   The […]

17 Apr What Am I Searching For?

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Living With Grief & Healing The Search Is On I was at a PRIDE foster parent training a few weeks ago and the lead facilitator mentioned a child going from room to room and searching, crying uncontrollably, for a few days after being placed in her new foster home.  My heart broke for this child. […]

14 Apr Healing Forward

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07 Dec 5 Ways To Prevent A Holiday From Being Ruined

The Drive Each Other Nuts Factor Is Real! Grieving family members, including children, tend to drive each other nuts because we each grieve differently and on our own personal healing time table.  Normal grief pain produces normal grief responses—and the grief responses that you experience may or may not be the same as other family […]

30 Nov Christmas Shopping & Grief

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Christmas Shopping & Grief Grief can make Christmas Shopping difficult.  My first husband, Donald, died right before Thanksgiving in 1999.  None of my Christmas shopping was done and I was in such a state of shock and numbness that I just couldn’t make myself do it. Fortunately, my friend Sue immediately acted when she learned […]