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Grief is a normal human reaction to a loss from our life and we usually feel this powerful emotion following an event of significant magnitude such as the death of a loved one. In this post, I would like to propose an adjustment to the theory of grief and grieving first proposed in her book, Death and Dying, by Elisabeth K?bler-Ross.


The holidays are a very difficult time of the year for those experiencing grief. The absence of our loved ones makes it easy to focus on what is missing in our lives. But though the holidays can be a time where we hurt the most, it can also be the time where we can give the most to others and heal ourselves in the process.


Holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, and special days always add an extra sense of remembering after a loss. I experienced the loss of my sweetheart last month. To add to that, it's my father's birthday, and next month will be the anniversary of his death.


Fear of Loss After the death of my son Noah I was stricken with the fear of losing another family member, particularly my wife.  Whenever we were not together, I would worry that something bad was going to happen to her.  The thought of someone else in my life dying caused me great anxiety because [...]

Christmas is one of the biggest events of the year. There is so much tradition, preparation and coming together of families that it becomes a really important event in the family calendar. Christmas is planned for weeks and sometimes months in advance and when there are children around, then the focus on creating a beautiful Christmas for them is huge: bringing in the tree, decorating the tree... Comments

Though Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time to "give thanks" for what you have, unfortunately, its also the time of the year when people focus on what they "don't have." And once you start to focus on what's missing from your life (not enough love, not enough money, job they hate, people they miss), it starts a vicious downward spiral that makes people absolutely hate the holiday season. I...

Whether you are feeling trauma from recent losses or are experiencing grief in the aftermath of past events, know that you can and will get through it. Following are pointers from first-hand experience. Comments
If you're looking for advice on how to fix a broken heart then your heart must be aching right now. Losing someone you love is one of the most difficult things you'll ever go through. I've had my share of heartbreaks and am all too familiar with how it feels like to be on the receiving end of a break up. It hurts, it really does. You feel like it's the end of the world and you wonder how you can... Comments
Trying to figure out how to get over a broken heart is a terrible place to be. Your relationship is over, you feel heartbroken and you want something to make the pain go away. I understand what you're going through and I know just how bad it feels. And although everyone has a different way of healing a broken heart, there are 5 tips that should be at the corner stone of every break up recovery... Comments
Our grief guides are at war. The established grief industry is under attack. The challengers, who label their work the "New Science of Bereavement," use empirical studies to demolish the current paradigm's sacred cows-including the well-known stages, phases, and tasks of grieving. Comments

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