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Grief Support

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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How to Combat the Physical Effects of Grief

Anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one understands how emotionally and mentally draining it can be. Grief takes its toll. But we can underestimate its impact on our physical health and wellness. There are plenty of resources on how to deal with grief emotionally, including the use…...

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How Grief Counseling Can Help

One of the most challenging aspects of grief is that there really is no way to prepare for it. Even when death is expected it can be hard to comprehend emotionally and mentally. It can, however, be dealt with and grief counseling can often play a role. What is grief…...

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The Difference Between Sympathy and Empathy

Sometimes the meanings between two words are so similar, they can be difficult to tell apart. It can be particularly challenging when those two words sound similar like sympathy and empathy. These words are often used in connection with the death of a loved one. What is the meaning of…...

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Five Ways to Support Grieving Loved Ones

Talking with someone who just experienced the loss of a loved one can be sad, uncomfortable and awkward. We often just don’t quite know what to say or do. Our apprehension may lead us to avoid talking directly to them at all, but that can lead to its own problems.…...

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Why Do We Grieve?

The death of someone close to us can lead us down a path of asking some deep and profound questions. Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? Why do I need to go through this? When it comes to grief, what is it and why do we…...

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How to Be a More Empathetic Person

Empathy is defined as the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It is what allows us to share in the grief of another person, even if we didn’t personally know the deceased. Some people seem to be extremely empathetic, connecting with others on a deeply, almost profound…...

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