How to Cope With the Physical Effects of Grief

Many people mistakenly believe that grief is a single emotion, but normal grief is actually a powerful, multifaceted and often uncontrollable response that human beings experience following a personally painful or traumatic event, such as the death of a loved one. In other words, grief can affect us not only emotionally but also physically, mentally, and even spiritually.  […]

Holiday Survival Strategies for Coping With Grief

For anyone dealing with an illness, grief, or the loss of a loved one, the holidays can be a time of sadness, pain, anger, or dread. It can be difficult to cope, especially when you see the sights and sounds of holiday happiness all around you.   The ebb and flow of grief can become overwhelming with waves[…]

Ways Social Support Makes You More Resilient

While much of the research on resilience focuses on individual strengths, it’s social support that may matter the most.   When my mother died, the first thing I did was call my two best friends. Like good friends will, they dropped everything and came to my rescue. Having them there made all the difference in[…]

Incomplete Endings: Coping With a Runaway or Lost Pet

Moving through the grief and guilt while not knowing how our pet may be doing …   It’s quite common to think that grief comes at a time when there is a physical death, or a concrete ending that we can face and begin to move through. Many loving pet owners, however, recognize that there are[…]