Explaining Suicide to A Child

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.  ~ Albert Einstein

A reader writes: My husband committed suicide six weeks ago. He left behind our nine-year-old son and myself. I know exactly why he killed himself. He had suffered years of physical pain, had emotional problems, depression, manic depression and other problems, some of which were attributed to the fact he had no male role model in his youth. His biological father left when he was five. His stepfather showed him no love or support whatsoever and his mother suffered from depression. He had not worked in many years and felt useless. He felt that his manhood was gone and thought the only way out was to overdose. He said in his suicide note that his race was done. He had become very difficult to live with.

Caregiving and Hospice, March 12 - March 18, 2017

Best selections from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:

Seven facts you might not know about hospice, http://bit.ly/2n0eiU9 « Kitsap Sun

Have Your Wishes For Care Known Before A Health Crisis Strikes, http://n.pr/2mqI4yB « NPR

Palliative Care: Pro-Life, Pro-Choice, Pro-Dignity, and Pro-Family,  http://huff.to/2mX5rDv « The Huffington Post

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Understanding and Managing Grief, March 12 - March 18, 2017

Best selections from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:

Why You Want A Physicist to Speak at Your Funeral, http://bit.ly/2nOGQ0x « A Good Goodbye

Stay in...and Cry, http://bit.ly/2njn5Bn « Christina Rasmussen

Grief In The Second Year: Finding Your Way, http://buff.ly/2n6Bm3O « Grief Healing

Coping with Pet Loss, March 12 - March 18, 2017

Best selection from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:

Caring for an Aging or Dying Pet – What You Need to Know (and Some Help with Your Grief), http://bit.ly/2na6WhD « Wake Up World

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Grief Healing: On Becoming a Grief Counselor

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We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.  ~ Author Unknown

A reader writes: I came across your website, but I believe I have heard your name before. I'm writing for two reasons; first, out of admiration for your work in pet loss and grief, and secondly, to see if you could possibly help me. Historically, I've had an interest in depression and anxiety, but my recent experiences with the elderly have guided me towards grief and loss. Pet grief and loss has always been important to me. As I approach graduate school and the chance to do a thesis and numerous other projects/papers, this topic seems to be dominating my preferences. With all of this in mind, I was wondering if you have any advice for this stage of my career--both academically and professionally.

Caregiving and Hospice, March 5 - March 11, 2017

Best selections from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:

PBS Documentary Brings Chronic Pain Out of Shadows, http://bit.ly/2nnvujU « Pain News Network

When a Patient Asks You to Pray…5 Things to Consider, http://bit.ly/2nmPhzS « Hospice Times

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Understanding and Managing Grief, March 5 - March 11, 2017

Best selections from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:

Patton Oswalt Explains How Pop Culture Gets Grieving All Wrong, http://n.pr/2mvAXpx « NPR

Grieving college students: Find an AMF chapter on your college campus, http://bit.ly/2mKut8n « Actively Moving Forward

10 Things Only A Griever Understands, http://bit.ly/2n83i8u « The Grief Toolbox

Using Music To Help With Grief

When you're happy, you enjoy the music. But, when you're sad, you understand the lyrics.  ~ Frank Ocean

People have known for centuries that music touches the human soul. We know intuitively that music affects us in profound and healing ways, both emotionally and physically, and present-day research demonstrates this to be true. In health care settings such as hospitals, clinics and hospices, music therapy is found to be remarkably effective in helping to calm patients, reduce stress, ease muscle tension, promote movement and manage pain.

Caregiving and Hospice, February 26 - March 4, 2017

Best selections from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:

How Can Palliative Care Be Implemented in the ICU? http://bit.ly/2lqbFMd « Seven Ponds Blog

The Alzheimer's Action Plan, http://bit.ly/2mQFvGM « Alzheimer's Reading Room

Dementia and Grief, http://bit.ly/2miVHCU « eHospice

Understanding and Managing Grief, February 26 - March 4, 2017

Best selections from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:

I'm Not Okay, http://bit.ly/2lql0n9 « Soaring Spirits International

Dementia and Grief, http://bit.ly/2miVHCU « eHospice

In Grief: Carrying The Load, http://bit.ly/2lHomON « Christina Rasmussen

Coping with Pet Loss, February 26 - March 4, 2017

Best selection from Grief Healing's Twitter stream this week:

Grief is the Price We Pay For Love: Helping Heal the Grief of Pet Loss, http://bit.ly/2lKryZM « Liv On

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