Grief Counseling Program Article on Meaning in Grief

Grief is a universal emotion that strikes humanity’s most existential questions.   With pain, suffering and loss, many try to find meaning in grief.  Finding meaning and coping with grief is a life skill that all must learn to deal with if they expect to work through the pains of life.   Sometimes it is difficult to find meaning and others need help tying the narrative of life together from loss to loss.  Each loss creating a chapter in the overall book of life.  Loss is always a result of something good and ironically if we never lost, then we would never have.  Love is the purpose of life and unfortunately tied to love is loss.  While in this temporal valley of tears, humanity’s existential journey is about balancing love and loss and understanding how to create a life narrative that somehow makes sense.

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The article, “Finding Meaning in Grief” by Julie Phitzinger discusses trying to find meaning in loss.  She states,

“For Kessler, a noted grief expert,  finding a path forward became an unexpected and integral part of his life.  While Kessler was writing this book,  his son David, who had overcome a drug habit only to start using again, died in 2016 at the age of 21.”

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Grief Counseling Program Article on Grief and Holidays

Grief is difficult but it becomes more difficult with the holidays.  Holidays can remind us of times spent and re-open wounds of loss.  This is why Christmas or Thanksgiving can be so difficult to navigate for those dealing with a loss, especially a recent loss.

Grief can be more difficult during the holidays because it reminds us of the past
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The article, “Navigating the Holidays with Grief” by Laura Wade looks at the particulars of dealing with grief during the holidays and how to better cope and deal with loss.  She states,

Holidays are typically considered happy times celebrating with family and friends. However, when someone has experienced a loss, the holidays can magnify the feelings associated with grief such as sadness, anger, guilt or regret.

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Grief Counseling Program Article on Living Grief and Terminal Illness

Grief is more about just physical loss but also the thought of loss itself.  When someone is diagnosed with an illness or disease that is terminal, one has yet to lose but acknowledges that loss will come.  This type of anticipatory grief is very common with family who live with terminal diagnosis of a loved one.  Parents can also live with this type of loss when a child is diagnosed with a disease, terminal or not.  They have to live with the new reality imposed by the disease or the potential future of loss.  This can create an uneasy existence of hope and loss existing side by side.

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The article, “The ‘Living Grief’ I Carry After My Child’s Diagnosis” by Kat Barlow looks at this type of living grief.  She states regarding a family and their child Noah and his terminal diagnosis,

“Noah has a living life list, not a bucket list. The difference being, we are not waiting for the end. We are instead celebrating and living life now. We seize every opportunity to make memories. We make time; we don’t sweat the small stuff. We cancel appointments to sit in the sunshine instead. We make up stories.”

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Living and dealing with grief with hope and love is a difficult thing to do but sometimes it is the best thing to do even if darker days lay ahead.  One cannot deny the future, but one can definitely love the present.  Please also review our Grief Counseling Program

 

Grief Counseling Program Article on Grief and Sleep

Great article on grief and how it can affect sleep.  Sleep is important to recovery from anything and sometimes loss can take such an affect on someone that sleep can be negatively affected.  Whether nightmares or insomnia, it is important to find help in dealing with grief when sleep is deprived.

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The article, “Sleeping After Loss: Understanding the Effects of Grief on Sleep” by Sleep Adviser offers a comprehensive information chart on grief and sleep.  The article looks at the danger of lack of sleep and ways to regain sleep while dealing with grief.  The article states,

“Losing sleep might be a normal thing that everyone goes through from time to time, especially in times of great distress or sadness, but that doesn’t diminish the terrible impact it can have on the body.”

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Grief Counseling Training Program Article on Divorce and Loss

Divorce naturally creates loss and grief.  Grief is a natural bi product of divorce and adjusting to this type of loss can take years.  While numerous stresses can occur, some divorces can create complicated grief reactions.  In these cases, extra help and counseling is needed.

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The article, “Grieving After Divorce Is Normal, But This Kind Of Grief Isn’t” by Karen Finn discusses when grief and divorce can go terribly wrong.  The article states,

“After all, divorce is the end of a way of life and of your dreams. It makes sense that you’d feel sad about it, mourn who you were in your married life and are no more, and be grief-stricken that all of your plans for a happily-ever-after have come to a screeching halt.”

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Grief Counseling Certification Article on Grandparent’s and Grief of Stillborn

A stillborn birth is a terrible experience for the parents.  Still in the shuffle of loss and pain, other family members are also forgotten.  Potential grandparents suffer the loss very hard as well.  Grand parents share in the lives of their children and seeing their adult children lose a child and also be denied a grandchild is also very painful.

Grandparents also suffer the loss of a grandchild due to stillborn. Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification and see if it meets your academic needs

The article, “When a baby is stillborn, grandparents are hit with ‘two lots of grief’. Here’s how we can help” by Beth Daley states,

“Six babies are stillborn every day in Australia. This significant loss affects parents for years to come, often the rest of their lives. However, stillbirth also affects many others, including grandparents.”

Grandparents definitely have much to suffer when they lose a grandchild.   They have to not only mourn themselves but also be there for their children.  To read the entire article, please click here

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Grief Counseling Program Article on the Fog of Grief

Great article on progressing through the fog of grief.  Grief is not an easy passage but many times if full  doubt and fear.  We can become loss and numb in our emotions.

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The article, “How to Get Through the Fog of Grief” by Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell states,

When 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

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Grief Counseling Certification Article on Mass Shooting

A mass shooting event affects not just the community but the entire nation.  It shakes the very core of every person.  It implants fear and grief for everyone.

In this type of horrific and traumatic loss, one does not just experience tragic loss of life, but also a collective loss.  So apart from the long term pain and grief of the parents and school administration, the nation as a whole experiences a national grief.

Mass shootings impose a loss and grief that is personal and communal to the entire nation.  Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification
Mass shootings impose a loss and grief that is personal and communal to the entire nation. Please also review our Grief Counseling Certification

In addition to this national grief and fear, survivors of the account face their own inner demons.  Survivor guilt can overcome many teens.  They can question why they survived or question in what ways they acted.

The waves of grief and loss that rock a nation with mass shootings are too many to detail.

The loss of life, the loss of safety, the loss of peace and the continuing scars of survivors and families all cry for better laws to help protect America from these tragedies.  What these laws entail, the law makers will determine but in the meantime, the types of grief that rock the country will continue.

Survivors will experience survivor guilt.  In some cases, this can become so severe, that students, or survivors will commit suicide.  Survivor guilt exists in soldiers from war but exists in any type of traumatic experience.  In these cases, individuals will feel guilt over not dying and question everything they did that die.   Post traumatic stress disorder can also manifest in the individuals who are attempting to move on in life past the incident.

Those not involved in the shooting, but from a more distance will experience a collective national grief.  The nation will mourn the loss but also mourn the injustice.  This leads to political activism as well as new laws.  The nation however remains scarred psychologically with the indepth fear that a mass shooting can happen at anytime.  Whether Americans are going to the movies, or dropping their child off to school, or attending worship, there remains a fear in the back of their minds.

This is a collective type of grief that a nation inherits from such tragedies.  These events shake the individuals involved but also shake the very soul of the collective nation.  Grief and loss is shared by many at different levels of loss.  Some of these losses are more personal and intense while others experience this grief in a more abstract way.

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Grief Counseling Program Article on Divorce

Divorce is a difficult transition.  The loss of relationship, life style, and family can be very difficult.  There are many secondary losses beyond the divorce that can affect one’s grieving process as well.

Divorce is more than emotional pain but also great loss. Please also review our Grief Counseling Program
Divorce is more than emotional pain but also great loss. Please also review our Grief Counseling Program

The article, “6 Ways To Deal With Grief After Divorce — So You Can Heal & Move On” by Karen Finn states,

“Life after divorce involves a lot of agony in its wake and grief is an inescapable part of it. But the work to getting over it ending and dealing with grief after a bitter divorce can create another level of agony altogether.”

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Grief Counseling Training Program Article on Grief Work

Grief is a process.  It takes time to adapt and adjust to loss.  Refusing to do grief work can lead to later complicated grief.

We cannot speed up or slow down our grief work.  Please also review our Grief Counseling Training Program
We cannot speed up or slow down our grief work. Please also review our Grief Counseling Training Program

This is not to say that one overcomes the sense of loss, but it does teach us that we can adjust and live life if we properly work through grief.

The article, “Live Well: Are you willing to dance with your painful partner named Grief?” by Jennifer Mulson states,

“This is about the time people often check out and begin to numb themselves through any manner of methods — food, alcohol, drugs — or preoccupy themselves so they don’t have to feel anything. But really, this is the moment to step into the emotions and feel them fully, even though it might feel as if you’ll be swept under a current of pain and never resurface.”

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