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When We Blame Ourselves

"I know it's my fault. Now I'm being punished. I can't make this right. What can I do?" Melissa choked through her tears.

The Many Faces of Grief

Grief and I are well acquainted—too well acquainted. In 2007 four family members died in succession—my elder daughter, mother of my twin grandchildren, my father-in-law, the family patriarch, my brother and only sibling, and the twin’s father. These experiences changed the focus of my health writing to grief recovery writing.

Does Counseling Really Help?

"I didn't think counseling would help. I was wrong," Charles shared.

What to Do When Grief Breeds Bitterness

“I don’t say much anymore. I’m too bitter. I’m afraid of what will come out,” Wes said.

Sad vs. Suicidal: “Normal” vs. Complicated Grief

I Guess I Expected Grief to be Easier

I must be dumb. I keep expecting life to be smooth, even when I’m grieving.

I know I expect “smoothness” because I get upset when life is bumpy. Silly. Life has always been bumpy.

I Feel Depressed

Hearts are by nature vulnerable. They have to be in order to be capable of love.

When Holidays Hurt: 3 Survival Tips

Ah, the holidays.

Halls, houses, and lawns are decked with festive decorations. Kitchens are filled with delightful, savory aromas. The air is laced with laughter, familiar music, and the tinkling of Salvation Army bells. 

The holiday spirit is everywhere. 

Ashes Release Prayer Poem

As the wind picks up your ashes

And they fly throughout the air

When Emotions Hijack Us

Life is full of surprises. Some are great. Some are good. Some are, well, not what we would want.

Some are painful, even tragic.

When we get surprised by a hit – a betrayal, affair, divorce, financial disaster, job loss, death – our hearts shudder. Emotion surges forth. Suddenly life is not business as usual.

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