The Holidays and Grief

I’ve been surrounding by grief for a long time and there are always a few suggestions that continually surface that seem to have the broadest help for those grieving during the holidays. ... Read on »

How to Help Those Grieving the Loss of a Child

Before the loss of my son, I never really understood why people sent food to families after a death. Wow, I appreciated that so much!! I could barely get up and dress myself, so the food was awesome .... Some sent uncooked casseroles that could be frozen and baked whenever, again, wonderful!!! ... Read on »

What Can You Learn about Estate Planning and Divorce from Robin Williams

Divorce not only throws a family into emotional turmoil but it creates many questions and decisions to be made that have enormous consequences in the future. Separating and providing financially for children from spouses is generally the first thought. However, additional thought needs to be given to future children and future spouses and how your estate will be distributed. Robin Williams from first appearance did estate planning right. His financial wealth did dictate some of his planning. He set up a trust to own his real estate, a Napa Valley mansion for sale at 29.9 million and a waterfront home in Tiburon, CA for approximately $6 million. ... Read on »

Losing A Parent, “Take-Aways” from Research That Can Make a Difference

Approximately 1 in 20 children experience the loss of a parent before their eighteenth birthday (US Census Bureau). What is so interesting is when we researched this topic we found both supporting research that this terrible event can have significant outcomes, either propelling individuals to success or driving them in the other direction, to substance abuse and incarceration. Although there is an elevation of risk for negative outcomes, many parentally bereaved children adapt well and do not experience serious problems (Worden & Silverman, 1996) Are there tangible ways we can help children cope with the loss of a parent to better ensure their well being? ... Read on »

Social Media and Suicide – The Facebook Creed

As our country moves more and more to social media with over 250 million connecting through Facebook and more visits to Facebook for week ending March 13, 2010 than Google; clearly our communication has evolved. A new research study called the Durkheim Project is observing natural language used to communicate via social media and text messaging, determining phrases that may predict suicidal risk. ... Read on »

Tackling the Tasks after a Terminal Illness Diagnosis

Each personality type is going to be reflected in how a person responds to the diagnosis of a terminal illness. Some individuals are “taskers” and they will set to the agenda of putting all the tasks in place. Others may turn more to the social and emotional side and value every moment with family and friends with little regard to the details. Whatever your situation, it will be necessary to tackle multiple details and planning. ... Read on »

Healing Grief after an Abortion

Abortion creates a situation of disenfranchised grief in women’s lives. Disenfranchised grief is grief experienced by an individual that is not openly acknowledged, socially validated or publically observed. The loss experienced is real, but survivors are not accorded the “right to grieve” by anyone around them. ... Read on »

Grief after a Substance Passing

While most major causes of preventable death are declining, drugs are an exception. The death toll has doubled in the last decade, now claiming a life every 14 minutes. Among the most commonly abused are OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma now causing more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. In some ways, prescription drugs are more dangerous than illicit ones because users don’t have their guard up, “people feel they are safer with prescription drugs because you get them from a pharmacy and they are prescribed by a doctor.” “Younger people believe they are safer because they see their parents taking them. It doesn’t have the same stigma as taking street drugs”. ... Read on »

Navigating Estate Family Conflict

Family conflict is all too often common when a loved one dies. Conflict can generate from hurt feelings of the past, resentments from care decisions, and disappointment in asset distribution. It does not take a large estate to generate family conflict. How can we best address this conflict to prevent family division? ... Read on »

Create a Memorial Legacy

After the loss of a loved one, generally there are two roads grievers take. The first is to go mock two with your hair on fire and don’t think about it. Bury the thoughts, the feelings, get things done. The other road is isolation, can’t move, can’t do anything. It’s an effort to leave your bed every morning. But many have found balance and healing by creating a purpose to honor their loved one. It allows their memory to live on and it is a positive channel to their grief. ... Read on »

Losing a child is one of life’s biggest tragedies

Sooner or later, it comes to nearly all of us. Somewhere between birth and death, we will have to say a final goodbye to someone who is at the centre of our world. But losing a child — that’s never something we, as parents, are expected to deal with, we are not programmed to deal with our child’s death. The feeling of loss cuts deep; we bring children into the world with great hopes for their future — all that promise, all those hopes, all those possibilities disappear in an instant. ... Read on »

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