Sunday, December 25, 2022

Understanding and Managing Grief, December 11 - December 24, 2022

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

May the spirit and beauty of the season shine in your heart and remain with you throughout the New Year. Once Again It's Christmas « Grief Healing

 I never had an imaginary friend when I was a child. It took me 73 years, but I’ve got one now; except he’s not imaginary or a friend. He’s just invisible. I can’t see him, but I sure can hear and feel him. It’s my grief, but I call him Mr. G. My Wife of 52 Years Just Died. Anger and Grief Follow Me « HUFFPOST

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with broadcaster Anderson Cooper about his podcast, "All There Is," which explores the grief he felt when his mother died and the grief that has defined his life since his father died when he was 10 and his brother, who died by suicide when Anderson was 21. Cooper explores that grief with guests, including Stephen Colbert, Laurie Anderson and Molly Shannon, who've weathered their own losses. Anderson Cooper explores grief in his podcast, 'All There Is' « NPR

I’m sorry to say that despite my own efforts to alert and to warn, with an eye toward prevention, these tragic accidents continue to this day.  Pet Loss: Curious Cats Still Getting Killed in Clothes Dryers « Grief Healing

Humans do a number of things to celebrate the memory of friends, family, and pets. We erect memorial sites, host annual commemorations, and participate in specific activities because it allows us to maintain our emotional relationship with our loved ones, even through death, as InStyle reported. We also find a connection to the departed in the intimate objects they leave behind — clothing, jewelry, toys, etc. How Transitional Objects Can Help You Process Grief « The List 

Silver Butterfly Wings is a story of transformation, of the many paths and decisions Wendy Willow faced while going through the process of grief.  Voices of Experience: Slipping Away « Grief Healing

I've been looking online for articles, webinars and other reliable resources to recommend to my readers and visitors, and each day throughout the holiday season I’ll be posting links to them here. Since I am building upon this list on a daily basis, I invite you to check back often to see what’s been added. Updated: Coping With The Holidays: Suggested Resources « Grief Healing 

You may feel awkward, but don't let that stop you. Our own discomfort in grief can make grievers feel more isolated. Listening is the most important thing you can do. Sharing memories and photos helps keep the person present. Grief affects the entire family, even those who didn't know the person who died. How to Help Your Grieving Friend « Psychology Today

"I am having a really hard time coming to terms with my mother dating after my father's death, and how it has changed her . . . It's like she has literally filled the space that my father left with this new guy, and is clinging to him like her very existence depends on him." Coming to Terms with Mom Dating after Dad's Death « Grief Healing 

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