Friday, October 28, 2011

Types of grief

Real- Existing grief that affects the person.
Imagined – Potential grief that could possible happen
Anticipated – Future grief that is near or soon to come; anticipation of the death of a terminally ill relative
Disenfranchised- Grief that is not acknowledged by society or given enough attention; death of a pet or miscarriage
Complicated - Grief that is not resolved according to natural paradigms and become pathological
E. ABSENT-Masked or repressed
F. CONCOMITANT—Multiple grief due to multiple situations
Traumatic- A grief due to severe trauma; symptoms include separation anxiety and cause impairment within the social sphere.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

List of online grief support sites from

There are a number interactive online support communities for people bereaved by suicide that merit attention as potentially helpful resources. The examples, below, of several communities that are relatively well established and frequently used will hopefully serve as a starting place for survivors of suicide loss who are interested in exploring whether online assistance is right for them:

For the full article please go here.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Story of a man's loss and the small things he did to cope.

ROCKFORD, Ill. — Tom Zuba has experienced unthinkable amounts of grief.

The Rockford native first dealt with the death of his 18-month-old daughter, Erin, in 1990 from hemolytic-uremic syndrome. Nine years later, Zuba's wife, Trici, died from the effects of a hereditary blood disorder at age 43. In 2005, his 13-year-old son, Rory, died of brain cancer.

"I have been in the deepest, darkest, most confusing, most overwhelming hole that we call grief," he told nurses Sept. 15 at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center's Nursing Ethics Fall Conference, titled Consciously Nurturing the Heart of Healing. "Not once. Not twice. But three times. I would not wish this amount of pain on anyone." Full story at the link above.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

New website for Child Grief

A Child in Grief is a new site offered by the New York Life Foundation. It has information, resources, and links to help those in need counsel a grieving child. Please stop by and visit it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Terminal Illness and Family Dynamics

Modern medicine is rapidly transforming the nature of death. Increasingly, sudden or quick death as the norm is being replaced with a lengthy process that only begins with a terminal diagnosis that marks the beginning of a long, winding and grueling crisis. This process is what we call the new grief. Unlike sudden death this new grief is a crisis that includes the patient as well as his or her family and loved ones. And much like Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol," during the long night that is terminal illness families may find themselves confronted by many unpleasant ghosts before dawn arrives. However, just as Dickens's story has a happy ending, so can the process of family grief.

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By: Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D..Clinical psychologist and author.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

New Book on Grief !

LaGrand offers sage advice that helps us to grow even in grief.”
Ken Doka, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, The Hospice Foundation of America


HEALING GRIEF, FINDING PEACE: 101 Ways to Cope with the Death of a Loved One

Lou LaGrand, Ph.D. is a grief counselor and one of the founders of Hospice & Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley, Inc.. He gives workshops on grief and loss throughout the US and his special research interest is the Extraordinary Experiences of the bereaved.

Inside each coping-packed chapter find these features . . .

Reduce the pain of mourning.
Find peace of mind by building a strong inner life.
Eliminate unnecessary suffering.

INTRODUCTION: How to Ease the Hurt and Heartache
Millions of people have eliminated unnecessary suffering when mourning the death of a loved one by looking within, altering perceptions and the quality of one’s inner life. A key to accomplishing this task is to avoid the trap of spending too much time in the past so that you become mired in it and cannot reach the major goal of grieving: acceptance of the reality of your great loss.

Ch. 1. Five Gifts That Will Get You through Any Loss
Everyone can access these five gifts.
Ch. 2. The Critical Overlooked Factor in Coping with Death
Ch. 3. What You Need to Know About Grief and Healing
Ch. 4. Inner-Active Healing Strategies
Ch. 5. Powerful Long-Term Healing Strategies
Ch. 6. Little-Used But Highly Effective Healing Strategies

The tone is straight forward and to the point and yet remains compassionate. The content is without a doubt riveting and includes more practical suggestions than any book on the market.

Sourcebooks Inc.
Link to full information: access here