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Grief Support

How to Talk to a Loved One with Terminal Illness

Life can be full of challenging and uncomfortable situations. Few perhaps are more challenging than finding out someone you love or care about has a terminal illness. What do you say? How do you act? How can you help? If you find out that someone you know is terminally ill,…...

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How to Cope After the Loss of a Pet

It has been repeatedly said that for many, pets are like members of the family. Perhaps this is most apparent when coping with the death of a dog or cat. Whether it happens suddenly or accidentally, or after a lengthy illness, the loss of a pet can be emotionally draining.…...

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How to Set Realistic Goals to Overcome Grief

Overcoming grief can be difficult, in part, because we all experience it differently. How one person works through the grieving process can be far different from another. This is why setting goals that are realistic for you to move past grief can be valuable. Setting realistic goals for yourself allows…...

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Five Practical Ways to Support Your Grieving Spouse

When a friend loses a close relative, most of us know how important it is to show our support. But what about when a spouse loses a close friend or relative? As their spouse, you are in a unique position to help them through the grieving process. You will likely…...

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How to Grieve Well in this Season of Joy

Our senses are a terrific gift. They can help bring back great memories through smells, or the sounds of a favorite song. Sadly, they can also bring back feelings of sadness and grief. This is particularly true for those who have lost a loved one through the holiday season. Instead…...

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Joys of an Emotional Support Animal

Emotional support animals have become an increasingly important part of the lives of many. From veterans returning from service to those suffering from emotional, physical, and mental stress, these animals provide invaluable services in helping their owners live fuller, more enjoyable lives. More and more research is indicating the important…...

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Common Stages of Grief

The majority of us can reach a common agreement that each of us experiences grief in our own way. Men can differ from women, and children can experience grief differently from adults. Interestingly enough, however, studies have been done and books have been written on the common stages of grief…...

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How to Explain Death to a Child

Death creates an enormous amount of grief and anxiety. For some, just the thought of explaining the concept of death to their child raises their anxiety level. When it becomes more personalized, like with the thought of discussing the death of a grandparent, those anxiety levels can go through the…...

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Signs of Normal and Complicated Grief

Grief may be considered “normal” but that does not make it any easier to experience. While it may be natural, what can make it challenging is that everyone experiences it in their own ways. When grief is natural and normal, those experiencing it will experience a lessening of its intensity.…...

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Why You May Practice Avoidance During Grief

Avoidance is stopping yourself from doing or experiencing something. Of course, it is understandable to avoid dangerous situations where harm could come to you. You may even wish to avoid circumstances that make you feel uncomfortable or ones you may feel that you don’t have control over. While avoidance can…...

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