Tag: Grief and Loss

Those 5 Stages of Grief: Does Mourning Really Unfold Like That?

They found that, with regard to the order in which various reactions peak over time, Kubler-Ross was spot on. She was wrong, though, about the frequency with which the bereaved experience different emotions. The most important conclusion of research on stages of grief, though, is that there is no one way to grieve. Different people […]

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Podcast: Openly Discussing Suicide in Our Communities

One of the most dangerous misconceptions about suicide is that asking a loved one if they are suicidal will increase the odds that they will attempt suicide.  Today Dr. Nate Ivers of Wake Forest University discusses the importance of making “the covert overt” by asking blunt, straightforward questions of those you suspect may be thinking […]

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Using Writing to Help Us Process Our Grief

“The pain of missing him was unbearable. The thought of living the rest of my life, years upon years, without him filled me with hopelessness and despair,” Neustadter writes in her new book Love You Like the Sky: Surviving the Suicide of a Beloved. Eight months after John died, Neustadter started sending emails to his […]

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How to Manage Anxiety During Periods of Transition

Within this void we fear not knowing where we are and what is going to happen next. We want to quickly ground ourselves and find a sense of security or comfort. We may rush into the next career, the next relationship or try and “fix” what we feel is in turmoil before us. Yet, it […]

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3 Lessons that Gloria Vanderbilt Taught Us About Coping with a Child’s Suicide

The following three insights from Vanderbilt about how to cope with the loss of a child to suicide are worth noting and remembering as a source of strength and consolation to the millions of parents in this country who lose children to suicide each year: Lesson #1: Don’t Be Afraid to Open Up About Your […]

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In Order to Have a Good Death, Doctors Need to Stop Doctoring So Much

I was listening to “Fresh Air” on NPR yesterday with Terry Gross speaking to bioethicist Tia Powell about having a good death with dementia, among other topics. It made me think of my own dad’s recent death, and whether we provided him with a good death or not. My dad died late last year. We […]

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