Sunday, November 6, 2022

Understanding and Managing Grief, October 23 - November 5, 2022

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

When I lost my husband to brain cancer, I learned there is no road map for grief.  A guide to dealing with grief as a widow « The Washington Post 

Anderson Cooper takes us on a deeply personal exploration of loss and grief. He starts recording while packing up the apartment of his late mother Gloria Vanderbilt. Going through her journals and keepsakes, as well as things left behind by his father and brother, Cooper begins a series of emotional and moving conversations about the people we lose, the things they leave behind, and how to live on - with loss, with laughter, and with love. All There Is with Anderson Cooper « CNN Audio

Nobody likes to give bad news but someone has to. That someone starts with the physician in charge of the patient’s care. Follow up support comes from social workers, nurses, chaplains. We in the medical profession will not be able to cure or “fix” everyone. The physical body is programmed to die so death will come to everyone. The goal is to offer our best resources to forestall death and then be honest when those attempts are no longer working. "We Can't Fix You- Let's Talk..." « BK Books

It’s important for our minds to relax when learning after-death communication. With my background in Occupational Therapy, having mentors in the OT realm helped my mind accept what my heart already knew. My brother David was alive and just living in another reality. I continue to share messages with my beloved brother. Discovering After-Death Communication « Open to Hope 

The ways by which we grieve the death of a friend or family member varies greatly from person to person. Celebrations of the dead such as Halloween, All Saints Day and Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) are often cultural traditions that have been passed down for generations. When it Comes to Grief, One Size Doesn't Fit All « Newswise

The Catholic Church offers resources to help deal with the pain of such loss in healthy ways, and St. Edward Church in Nashville is establishing a grief ministry as a way to provide some of those resources to the faithful. Parish's grief ministry aims to help people cope with loss past the funeral « Catholic News Service 

In an exerpt from her upcoming book, Kimberly Brown takes us through the practice of "standing on the earth," which can help us in times of great change and grief. A Practice to Navigate Grief « Lion's Roar 

The roles you once played prior to the loss may no longer have a place. Role confusion during grief may lead to uncertainty on how to interact with people, which may cause them to be unsure how to interact with you. This process is not about forgetting. It is about learning to remember peacefully. Grief and Role-Confusion: Who Am I Now? « Psychology Today 

If you're ever faced with the task of writing and submitting an obituary for publication in a newspaper or online, you may find these suggestions helpful: In Grief: Helpful Tips on Writing an Obituary « Grief Healing 

William G. Hoy: "I am a champion of funerals not only because of my research fascination but because of the clinical utility of well-executed funeral ceremonies created in the bereaved person’s life." The Value of A Funeral « Grief Perspectives

It is not necessary to wait until a person has died to begin writing an obituary. People can be interviewed before death about what they want included in their obituary – and each of us can begin right now to write our own life story. In Grief: On Writing An Obituary « Grief Healing  

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