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Holiday Expectations

By Bart Sumner 

When the general population thinks of holiday expectations images of children nestled snuggly in their beds having visions of sugarplums come to mind. We remember back to the days when our excitement for the upcoming toy orgy would make us, as those terminally cute kids in the Disney World commercial say, “Too...


Grief:  10 Tips to Surviving the Holiday Kaleidoscope

It's that time of year again when mornings are downright chilly, foliage is finishing its grand finale, and holiday decor is rapidly filling store shelves.  It comes around like clockwork and for most, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is festive.  But for those of us who have a heart full of sorrow, this time...


When people think of a person in bereavement, perhaps phrases that come to my mind include: “I know how you feel, my cat just died”, “Come on it was only a __”, “G-d needed another angel”,” Why are you not over it already”, or “You know it’s time to move on.”  Grief is a powerful emotion.  It is a different experience for everyone, including members of the same household. ...


I have listened to, composed and performed music my entire adult life. In past 18 months, however, music has become even more important to me. I lost two people to...


You don’t have to be a psychologist or a bereavement care specialist to appreciate the impact that a mother’s death has on the family system and on a child’s developmental trajectory.  If you are part of a family who has experienced such a tragedy – or if you know of such a family – the evidence is likely all too clear.  As heartbreaking and life-altering as the death of a mother can...



A Balancing Act

I was employed as a counselor for 27 years in the chemical dependency field,  and several of my treatment approaches were based on a cognitive model of therapy. When any therapist deals with cognition as it relates to chemical dependency, they are usually...


It's nothing new that grief is an intense emotional experience. But we're gaining a better understanding of what consumers, specifically Baby Boomers, are looking for in that experience. They want it balanced.

Not earth shattering -- possibly even predictable. But now we have the facts, based on data from the correct methodology: the Zaltman Metaphore Elicitation Technique [ZMET]....


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