Everything listed under: Grief

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    Coping with Complicated Grief

    By Suzanne Boles for Next Avenue“Thank you for the intervention. Friends and family came to be with me. I agreed to be admitted to hospital.   Read More...

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    Addressing Loss on Social Media

    By Mark Ray for Next AvenueWhen Carla Sofka’s mother died just before Thanksgiving 2017, Sofka didn’t immediately post the news on social media. She was busy planning the funeral, making travel arrangements and getting an obituary ready for the weekly newspaper in her mother’s community.“We had 23 hours to get the information to them if we didn’t want it to be 10 days before Mom’s obituary was in the local paper,” says Sofka, a professor of soc...  Read More...

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    Creating a New Life as a Widow

    By Barbara Rady Kazdan for Next AvenueAfter losing my husband 10 years ago, I joined a bereavement group. At the final session, a few of us decided to meet monthly for lunch. Perfect for me, because for the first time in my life, I had no friends who lived nearby.   Read More...

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    When a Parent Dies: Ways to Help Yourself and Your Surviving Parent

    By Amy Florian for Next AvenueNot too long ago, a dear friend’s dad suffered a major heart attack and died. At the funeral, there was little time for more than a brief exchange of words.But, given my background in grieving support and education, I wanted to offer some advice to help her and her mom through the grieving process. So, that evening I wrote her a letter.   Read More...

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    How to Get Through the Fog of Grief

    By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell for Next AvenueWhen my 57-year-old husband, Dale, suddenly died of a massive heart attack on Nov. 20, 2018, two days before Thanksgiving, to say I was in shock was an understatement. More than a month later, I realized just how much my mental capacity was affected by this life-changing trauma.On Christmas Day, the next holiday without him, I was distraught and thought of a pin Dale had given me when we were still dating as teenagers.   Read More...