Sunday, September 3, 2023

Understanding and Managing Grief, August 27 - September 2, 2023

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

The early, dark days of grief can feel hopeless. Others will hold out the hope of waning pain for you, since that can be hard to imagine. Because we can't change what has happened, hope must focus on the future. Finding Hope in Grief « « Psychology Today

In 2021, there were 48,183 deaths by suicide in the country, impacting millions of friends, families and colleagues. Suicide loss survivors may contend with complex grief, often accompanied by questions surrounding their loved one's death. This grief can exacerbate feelings of guilt, like the belief that the person could have done more to prevent the loss.  American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Recognizes National Grief Awareness Day and Provides Resources for Living with Suicide Loss « Cision PR Newswire

Grief is a complex and highly personal process that can be overwhelming at times. Coping with grief can include self-compassion, acceptance, embracing social support, and prioritizing rest. Awareness of using unhelpful coping strategies that help one avoid grief is important. Coping With Grief After Someone Has Died « Psychology Today

Improving your grief literacy can help you better understand loss and grief. Death isn't a prerequisite for grief. Identifying grief in all forms is an important first step. Permission to grieve is key, yet bereavement policies in the U.S. workplace average only three days of leave. The Three Gifts Every Griever Needs (Including You) « Psychology Today

If you’ve ever experienced a loss, especially if it was a significant one, you may have been surprised by how grief affects your whole being. We know grief can be tough emotionally, but there is generally less awareness about how it can affect us physically. 6 ways grief can affect our bodies « Happiful

Anticipatory grief is the grief we feel when we know a significant loss or major life change is on its way. For example, if someone we love has received a diagnosis of a terminal illness or dementia, we begin to grieve in advance, bracing ourselves for the impending loss. Here's What Anticipatory Grief Looks Like And When You May Experience It « HuffPost

Suicide is not a simple choice people make. And though you’ve heard it said, “How selfish that is to take your own life.” Some people contemplating suicide genuinely believe they’ll be creating a better life for those left behind. They see themselves as a burden to those they love. Those contemplating suicide just want the pain to stop. The pain they feel and the pain they cause others. It’s that dark, deep hole they can’t seem to get out of. Suicide Is Not The Only Way Out « AfterTalk

For the rest of my life, February 19th will always be a hard day for me. It was the day my abuela passed away in 2021, a week after her 99th birthday, and everything that led up to the moment she was gone will always live clearly in my memory: her headache that turned out to be a stroke, the hours waiting in the hospital, getting the call from her nurse later that night. Two years on, I’m still on a journey of grieving, healing, learning, and growing, which is what makes days like National Grief Awareness Day so important. Grieving My Abuela Has Been Messy and Healing All at Once « HipLATINA

A quarter of UK men over 42 do not have children. When that is not by choice, regret can grow into pain. Half of the men who are not fathers but wanted to be describe a huge grief and isolation from society. Almost 40% have experienced depression and a quarter feel a deep anger. ‘I just assumed it would happen’: the unspoken grief of childless men « The Guardian

Losing a loved one is an unimaginable and heartbreaking experience. However, when that loss is a result of negligence, misconduct, or wrongful actions, grief can morph into an overwhelming sense of injustice. Wrongful death cases involve holding those responsible accountable for their actions and seeking justice for the victims and their families. This article delves into the intricacies of wrongful death, the critical role of a wrongful death lawyer, and the fight against injustice. When Grief Meets Injustice: The Fight Against Wrongful Death  « Legal Desire

"My sister was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in December 2020. I took care of her full-time until she died in September 2022. I have done all the 'right' things: I have a lovely therapist, I got a memorial tattoo, I took time before I went back to work. None of it has eased the pain." 24-year-old feels lost in grief a year after sister died « Washington Post

Living through another person’s suicide is a strangely different grief path than grief associated with the loss of someone due to illness, accident or aging. Not because it is any less significant, but because of the nature and stigma associated with mental illness and suicide. This can leave survivors with conflicting emotions and unanswered questions. What I've Learned about Grief Following Suicide « Parkview Health

Grievers often maintain a silence around their losses. So much of grief is enveloped in the silence of personal memories that, at any given time, it may present only as sensations that seem impossible to convey in words. Yet the tendency to keep thoughts and feelings to oneself is not necessarily a maladaptive coping strategy. In fact, we may need to recognize silent remembering as beneficial or adaptive to those who have suffered from loss. Silent Remembering: The Meaning of Unspoken Grief « Psychology Today

When a person is hit with sudden, unexpected death ~ and in one short week, you’ve experienced several ~ the stress can be overwhelming. In Grief: Coping with Traumatic Loss « Grief Healing

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