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Particularly pertaining to experiences of grief and adjustment, the need to escape the heightened rollercoaster emotions every now and again is real. Grief, being a process with no certain path or endpoint, needs such a relief valve - to take a necessary rest from the unsustainable burden.

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Life wasn't meant to be easy and it sure isn't at times. Smooth sailing, piece of cake...I don't think so. Ask anyone who is grieving how life is and they'll soon tell you!

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Despite the similarities in the grief process, each person's grief is unique. The differences stem from your relationship with the deceased, coping skills, support system, and grief history. Your bereavement progresses at its own pace and you will know when it is time to mend your heart.

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Our lives present us with a multitude of challenges from the clock that needs a new battery or the computer that won't talk to the printer to arguments over teenage children's bedtime, how to pay this months bills, being made redundant, a family dispute, looking for a new place to live, coughs and colds, terminal illness, a broken arm, divorce, an accident where a family member dies, the dog...

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The death of a loved one is a shock to your physical and emotional systems. At this time of life you may turn to religion for comfort. Though your religious/spiritual beliefs can help you deal with grief, there are some things it cannot do. What are they?

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Have you ever loved someone so much that you can't imagine your world without them? How would you cope knowing you would never see that person again? Would you resort to alcohol and drugs, or would you find positive ways to cope with your tragic loss?

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You and I can become our own worse enemies while we're grieving. Negatives are all we see and the future looks black and bleak. Worse, we wonder if we will survive such tragedy. Before we realize it, negative self-talk has become automatic. Unfortunately, this talk alters your perception and changes life.

I slipped into negative self-talk after losing four...

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“Bad Day”


Many of the posts I write are triggered by thoughts that come to me throughout the day or they are generated by conversations I have with many of the grieving dads I speak with.  A few days ago I was having a conversation with a dad that lost his daughter to murder.  We were discussing how going through the death of a...

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Losing your parent is hard at any age and it is important for adults to allow themselves the time grieve. This is the eulogy I wish I had delivered at my Dad's funeral but I couldn't find the right words at the time. Don't feel guilty like I did, instead allow yourself to grieve, eulogize, remember and ultimately smile; it's what your parent would have wanted.

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