Sunday, July 23, 2023

Understanding and Managing Grief, July 16 - July 22, 2023

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

People who are grieving can make us feel uncomfortable. We tend to isolate those who are grieving, exacerbating their pain and loneliness. Acknowledging and addressing each other's suffering goes a long way to alleviating it. We need to be less afraid of saying or doing the "wrong thing" when addressing someone's grief. I'm Sorry For Your Loss « Psychology Today

Recovery is a process, and so, too, is defining and shaping it for yourself. As you chip away at what it isn’t, you’ll slowly transition into the life that you’ve created for yourself. Just keep your eyes on your own path, respecting without judgment that what others need may not be helpful for you, and vice versa. Why I Didn't "Recover" From Grief and Neither Should You « Psychology Today

Former President Jimmy Carter’s public disclosure in February that he was entering hospice care — where he remains nearly six months later — is shifting the perception of end-of-life care for patients and their families. Many assumed the 98-year-old former president was on his deathbed, but his family says he has continued to enjoy ice cream and stay up to date on the work of the Carter Center. How Jimmy Carter has changed the conversation around hospice « Fox 44 News

One of the surprising things for grievers is how many minefields there are in an average Tuesday. Questions that seem utterly harmless can throw you for a loop at best and make you want to run back to bed…and stay there…at worst. Small talk can feel huge when you're grieving. You're in control of how much you decide to share. How to Engage in Small Talk During Grief « Psychology Today

There are a lot of things no one tells you about when it comes to parenthood. Something I was not prepared for was watching my child grieve a second time over a dog who had been dead for over three years. I wasn't prepared for my daughter's grief 3 years after our dog died « Yahoo! News

"I recently lost my dad really suddenly, and he was only 50 and very healthy. I just wanted to talk about this because it seems there's nobody to tell. Nursing my younger brother today because he's not well. I got just an overwhelming sadness and couldn't stop crying and its weird how it doesn't even cross his mind why I might be upset because he's young?" In Grief: Sharing Sadness with A Child « Grief Healing

It has been 13 years, yet the guilt Craig feels about his son’s suicide still percolates just below the surface — the what-ifs, the I should’ves, the if onlys. What-ifs after a suicide death can be overwhelming. Parents need to know it’s not their fault, one expert says. After child’s suicide, parents can be engulfed in self-blame and guilt « Washington Post

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