Grief & Loss Articles

My Husband Committed Suicide 3 Weeks Ago

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
My husband and I shared a long distance relationship for 6 years due to his employment 2500 miles away and my responsibilities here. We were married for 3 of those 6 years. We did the back and forth thing for the 6 years and finally ...

My Husband Sees Dead People

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Saturday, October 4th, 2014
My husband's mother died 2 years ago, but yesterday he told me that he had an hour long conversation with her. He said he's been seeing her everywhere, and that she's trying to tell him something. He also said that's he's been hearing voices who ...

I Keep Thinking About My Family Dying

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Thursday, September 11th, 2014
From Bangalore India: This all started when my grandpa passed away last year. I saw my grandpa die as they bought him home from the hospital. He came home and slept immediately, and he didn't wake up again. My uncle performed CPR, and I tried ...

Negative Thinking About My Mother

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014
A few years my father passed away when I was in uni And we have a family business of a independent grocery store. My dad used to run everything and my life was pretty comfortable. I have a older brother and a older sister. My sister got married ...

Accepting Death

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014
I fell asleep next to my little brother and then as I closed my eyes I started to cry because I realized that one day he's gonna die and it's inevitable and I cant stop it and I couldn't stop crying for at least an ...

I’m Not Happy

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, August 25th, 2014
I really hope I get an answer because it'll go a long way to help me out in life. And in my part of the world therapy isn't too common so life's problems are blamed on several other weird stuff. I am 21 and it ...

Feeling Numbness When Thinking of My Father Who Passed Away

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Sunday, August 17th, 2014
My father passed away two and a half years ago. I suffered from depression on and off over the past two years, though I thought it was related to school pressure (looking back, I'm not so sure). I did have the random bouts ...

Recurring Deaths

By Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP on Monday, August 11th, 2014
I'm a 23 year old woman who has recently been thrown into a huge amount of responsibility due to the death of my father-and roughly a week later, the death of my mother. In Summer of 2013 my father was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer ...

Does My Mother Show Signs of ADHD?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
From the U.S.: My mother, age 85 and widowed, is physically healthy. But when I speak to her on the phone, she always bangs around pots and pans and all sorts of items, and answers me with little "hmm"s that tell me she isn't really ...

My Long Distance Boyfriend has Gone Off the Grid

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Hi, I'm early 50's, divorced 10 years, date often, and had a couple of long term relationships. I'm friends with my ex, have great adult kids, and figured that if "my forever guy" existed - someday I would run into ...

Do I Tell My Kids About the Death of a Pet?

By Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
From the U.S.: My kids have been visiting my sister and while they were gone I ran over our pet tortoise, I am sickened by this and don't know if I should tell them or not. Is it too much for them to think about ...

I am Hurt and Ashamed, and So Are My Parents and Sibling

By Holly Counts, Psy.D. on Monday, July 28th, 2014
My parents have always been ashamed of me because I married the man that they did not want me to marry. And after almost 20 years of my marriage, I ended up in a divorce. My parents' reaction was mixed -- they were ...