Sunday, August 27, 2023

Understanding and Managing Grief, August 20 - August 26, 2023

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

We may be unable to make sense of the grief we feel. The logic of grief remains mysterious because it is as unique as the life stories from which it emerges. In times of grief, cognitive and emotional processes that usually ensure stability may function inadequately. Why Grief-Related Experiences Can Seem Illogical « Psychology Today

I know the drill by now; I know that when grief wants to come in, you just have to make space for it, fix it a beverage, get it a blanket and some snacks and maybe some fuzzy socks. You can try to ignore it, turn your back on it and read a book or binge-watch “Law & Order: SVU” (for example), but it’s really not going to take the hint and go away that easily. So at this point, mostly, I’ve made my peace with grief, mine and other people’s. Walking Through Grief « NewOrleans

While it’s true that behaviors associated with anger can be out of control and harmful, the anger itself is a natural human emotion. Almost everyone experiences anger at some point. Your anger is often trying to teach you something about the loss as well as about yourself. Understanding The Anger in Grief « AfterTalk

It's important to remember that healing and happiness are possible even amidst sorrow. Grieving is a natural response to loss, and there is no right or wrong way to do it; everyone's process is unique and may manifest in various emotional and physical ways. Here are three ways to make the grieving process a little more bearable, leading to growth and healing as time progresses. 3 Powerful Reminders to Help You Survive Grief and Loss « Psychology Today

There is much to learn from this early work and from those who built upon Kübler-Ross' original theory. Yet, I would posit there remain two predominant concerns with stage theory in the context of grief: one is that it fails the standards for scientific inquiry, and the other is that it is being applied prescriptively, instead of descriptively. Why the 'Stages of Grief' Need to Be Retired « MedPage Today 

Loss is an inevitable part of life, but how can we be more intentional in caregiving and honoring our elders while they are with us? Notes on faith: Honoring grief and the sacred act of caregiving « Yahoo! News

"My beautiful lilac-point Siamese passed away earlier this month. I know all the right things, but they don't matter right now. I'm in agony and don't know how to stop this run-away train." Pet Loss: A Run-Away Train of Grief « Grief Healing

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