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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.

Handling the PAIN of Grief

From the author: This is an article you can share, send, or forward to others to help them understand the grieving heart a little better.

The pain is real

When We Lose Someone in Pieces

Grief is an individual adventure. No two people are the same. Every person, every relationship is unique. So is every loss.

Each death or loss comes with its own special challenges. Losing a person in pieces over time is no exception.

To The Distant Shore of Lake Grief

To The Distant Shore of Lake Grief 

 

#8… After observing a fisherman launch a second stick of dynamite into the lake, the game warden started his engine and shot across the water to make the arrest.  “He yelled on his bullhorn, “Stay where you are.  I am a conservation officer, and you are under arrest.” 

Permission to grieve - what does that even mean?

I've been thinking about this idea a lot this week – ‘give yourself permission to grieve/feel/be ok/be not ok.’ It is a very therapist-y thing to say and it is definitely something that I have told clients. With all things we tell clients, most social workers know that it is easier said than done.

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