Monday, February 25, 2019

Voices of Experience: Advice on Coping With Loss

by Hannah Wessel

I found this advice on Reddit.  It was posted in response to a lady who asked for advice on coping with the loss of her best friend.  It seems an unlikely place to find inspiration and advice, but I think this reply is incredibly moving and it has helped me deal with my grief since I lost my mother.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Understanding and Managing Grief, February 17 - February 23, 2019

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

The hierarchy of grief is real - and that's okay. Every grief is valid. « Refuge in Grief

Please Know: I Love Talking About My Child Who Died,  « Still Standing Magazine

“End Game” Nominated for an Academy Award, « Seven Ponds Blog

Monday, February 18, 2019

Pet Loss: Cannot Stop Crying

[Reviewed and updated June 12, 2022]

Where he is really buried, and where he is, and where he always will be, is in my heart.  ~
Cleveland Amory, in The Best Cat Ever

A reader writes: I lost my kitty, Sunny today and my grief is overwhelming. I knew this was coming because she was diagnosed with a bad heart four months ago. She was only 5 years old. We (me and my daughter) did everything we could, lots of doctors, lots of meds and lots of tests. Each time she came home from the hospital, she had her quality of life back, if only for 2 to 3 weeks and then back to the doctor. This week she was at the hospital for 3 straight days with nothing helping and she became so ill and was so tired with the heart of hers. This morning it was determined that her kidneys and liver were affected and there was nothing they could do. And she was so tired. She passed away at 9:00 AM this morning and I cannot stop crying.

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Understanding and Managing Grief, February 10 - February 16, 2019

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

A Valentine Letter for YOU, « Second Firsts

Grief Support: Paying it Forward, « Grief Compass

Over the Edge. Maybe, « Soaring Spirits International

Monday, February 11, 2019

In Grief: Mother Loss vs. Spouse Loss

[Reviewed and updated July 5, 2020]

Make friends with guilt. Guilt is a beautiful emotion that alerts us when something is wrong so that we may achieve peace with our conscience. Without conscience there would be no morality. So we can greet guilt cordially and with acceptance, just as we do all other emotions. After we respond to guilt, it has done its job and we can release it.  ~ Glenn R. Schiraldi

A reader writes: My mother was diagnosed with cancer and was given 6 weeks to live. She died six weeks later. Just one month after that, my husband was told there was something in his lung. By the time he was finally diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, it had spread to the lining of his lung and his bones. My husband was 57 and had just retired 3 months before we knew he was ill. Within eight months after diagnosis, he was dead. So I have had two great losses in a ten-month period. 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Understanding and Managing Grief, February 3 - February 9, 2019

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

How Does Opening Up Conversations About Death Help Bereaved Parents? « Seven Ponds Blog

Why It’s OK for Your Loved One to Stop Eating and Drinking on Hospice, « Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care

Grief Tracking: What A Difference A Dot Makes, « Grieve Well

Monday, February 4, 2019

In Grief: Refusing to Let Go

[Reviewed and updated November 7, 2022]

I desire no future that will break the ties of the past.  ~ George Eliot

A reader writes: I read the Darcie Sims article posted on your Discussion Groups website on "saying goodbye." THANK YOU! It is so perfectly what I believe. In fact, I have been told several times by people to "let go" of my ex who has died. I hate that.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Caregiving and Hospice, January 27 - February 2, 2019

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

Help for an Alcoholic Struggling with Addiction for 25 Years, « Health Journeys

Is It Ever Too Soon To Enter Hospice Care? We Ask Heart of Hospice, « KPEL965

Why falls and fractures in the elderly can be a trigger for hospice care, « The Journal

Understanding and Managing Grief, January 27 - February 2, 2019

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

Am I Depressed? « Talkspace

My Cat’s Death Broke My Brain, « Modern Loss

50 Practical Gestures to Help a Grieving Friend, « Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro