Sunday, November 24, 2019

Caregiving, Grief and Pet Loss, November 10 - November 23, 2019

Best selections from Grief Healing's Twitter stream these last two weeks:

Sometimes, holidays can be a very painful time for people who are experiencing their first (or second or third, etc.) special holiday without their loved one who has died. Pet Loss & the Holidays: 4 Things To Consider When Grieving During the Holidays (or any time!) « Animal Souls Matter

When we work with a counselor about the devastating loss of a loved one, we deserve to feel cared about, that we are in the hands of someone who is compassionate with us, non-judgmental, knowledgeable about grief, and is trained and skilled as a counselor. How to Choose and Work With a Grief Counselor for Pet Loss: What You Deserve and What You Should Expect  « Animal Souls Matter

A program at The Ohio State University Veterinary Medical Center called Honoring the Bond provides support for pet owners facing tough decisions. Ohio State program helping pet owners cope with grief hopes to expand across the US, « ABC News Cleveland

In today’s blog, I want to talk about something very sensitive, and that is having suicidal thoughts after the loss of a loved one. Surviving This, « Soaring Spirits International

Our family is struggling to understand what the future holds for us and how we can prepare ourselves for the road ahead. Dad Was Referred To Palliative Care: How Long Does It Last? « Crossroads Hospice

Self-care has become a popular concept for maintaining a general sense of fulfillment and well being on a day-to-day basis. But sometimes in life, we are faced with circumstances outside of our normal, every day stressors. Following Grief with Deep Comfort, «

As November comes, as the days get shorter and the holidays loom, everyone who is coping with loss looks forward to these days with dread and wonders how we'll ever find the strength to get through them. Coping with The Holidays: Suggested Resources 2019, « Grief Healing

In the past, the death of a baby was shrouded in secrecy and silent grief in Ireland. The legacy of this hidden, unspoken grief is ever present in our current ageing population today. How we progressed from a culture of silence to facing our grief for dead babies, « The Irish Times

No pet can replace a beloved person, yet I am beyond profoundly grateful for having them in my life, for the love they give without qualification and for the emotional connection that helps ease my pain. Gail Fisher's 'Dog Tracks': Comfort from her dogs helps ease her grief,
 « New Hampshire Union Leader

If you are one of the many people who find that grief is worse in the morning, here are six reasons why and ten tips for coping. Why Is My Grief Worse In The Morning? « What's Your Grief?

Sometimes the patient and family doesn't want to hear the word hospice or end of life care. What words can we use to be sensitive? Is Talking About Dying Insensitive? « BK Books

I feel that when Black the dog dies, which he will, that my fragile world will unravel again. The dog. Who represents the hearth and the heart of the house in ways that only people with a dog might understand. The dog Mike chose. For The Love of Dog « Soaring Spirits International

My 9-year-old son wanted to talk about death. He might have taught me more than I taught him. Why Do We Kill Our Cats? How To Talk To Kids About Death, « The Federalist

Those who have lost a loved one share stories of dealing with death and loss, sometimes with unexpected twists. With deepest sympathy: The complications of coping with grief, «  CBS News

Like most Americans, I am deeply grateful for the sacrifices these dedicated people are making for the rest of us, and I worry about them, too. How will these brave men and women reintegrate back into their families and into society when they return from military combat, and what is the military doing to facilitate that? Resources for Service Members and Their Families, « Grief Healing

Some say that once we hit rock bottom, the only direction to go is up. Kristoff and I crossed paths when I began taking my first steps above rock bottom. Voices of Experience: Grieving through Songwriting, « Grief Healing

Grief work emphasizes that grief is a process that we engage in as active participants. Grief demands attention, refusing to go away automatically with the passage of time. Grief Work, «  Canadian Virtual Hospice

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