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When grief deadens your shoulders with its weight there is one thing guaranteed to shift something, within and without and that is movement. Movement is motion, it propels us somewhere and it has flow, it has life.

 

If that movement is channelled into a purposeful activity the benefits are multiplied. Particularly during times of extreme stress such as when we are grieving,...

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Grief and the emotions that accompany the loss of a loved one is an agonizing experience and during the holidays it can seem like an overwhelming ordeal. Reassessing our attitude toward the holidays, deciding how involved we want to be as well as modifying old traditions or establishing new ones can help minimize the stress and enable us to participate. Comments
How long does the average, everyday grief process last, do you think? By "everyday grief" I mean, significant life change, but not as harrowing as recovering from the tragic loss of a loved one. Everyday grief amounts to changes in the workplace, in the make-up of the family dynamic, and in feeling at home after shifting to a foreign place, for instance. Comments

    “Anniversaries” This past Saturday, November 12th, marked the 7year anniversary of losing my sweet daughter Katie.  Not sure what happened to the last 7 years, but they’ve managed to slip away.  I know many of you that follow this blog are newly bereaved and probably think “7 years? I am not sure if [...]

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Life changes. People die. Jobs are lost. Health is lost. Relationships end. Every human knows loss, and through loss you know suffering. When you are suffering and in the throngs of grief, you are living in unchartered territory - the life you had and knew is no longer, and the future is yet to be. Comments
My experience of losing a spouse. Every one who is part of a couple should be prepared for this. Death will happen to us all. Comments
The grief process is different for everyone. The shape and size of the grief depends on so many factors. Learn a three step process on how to help those who have lost a loved one. Comments
Photoshop photo editing software offers a surprising new key to rebuilding our lives after loss. How do we recover from loss? How do we fill the void when someone we love is now gone? Photoshop Content Aware Fill is a feature that just might hold the answer we need. Comments

A sympathy card may seem like a small gesture for someone experiencing a tragic loss but to the person receiving them it can mean the world. Essentially, at this point the person grieving really would like sympathy card messages that are from the heart. If you can demonstrate a sincere empathy with your condolence messages you will seem like a person who genuinely understands.

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When things are chaotic we run with the bulls at Pamplona or we scurry for the privacy of shelter. Both these leave us scared of our true feelings. One embraces activity as a cover for denial. The other embraces solitude - even from the self... Feeling when there's no feeling left is, however, a pliable response to this astonishing vertigo.

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