Grief and Loss Library

  • Veterans and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Conversation with Dr. Frank Ochberg
    Thanks to generous gifts from a new donor, Gift From Within and the Dart Society are collaborating to better serve the needs of veterans, members of the Armed Forces, and military families who carry the ...
  • On Grief, Loss and Coping
    When I was driving my mom and I to the hospital, I knew that my father, who had ...
  • Understanding Abortion Grief and the Recovery Process
    Note: This is not a discussion of the pros and cons of abortion. Both sides of ...
  • Humor As Weapon, Shield and Psychological Salve
    Humor has long been recognized as more than mere fun and games. It presents an alternative means of expressing criticism about injustices, ...
  • When We Lose an Animal Loved One
    In Loving Memory of Tycho, 1999-2010. Do not underestimate how deeply the loss of our animal loved ones can affect us. Our loved one is a part of our identity. We are everything to him. We ...
  • When Your Son Thinks He Is Gay
    Jean and Bill sought a psychological consult regarding their youngest son, Lucas, a senior in high school. Bill described a text message ...
  • Your Brain After Chemo: A Practical Guide to Lifting the Fog and Getting Back Your Focus
    For those who are preparing, experiencing, or just finishing chemotherapy and are interested in how the treatment may affect their brain, and for those who live with cancer survivors who suffer cognitive setback, this is ...
  • Teaching Children How to Adapt
    We try to create a world of structure and predictability for our children. We work hard to give them routines, a regular schedule and ...
  • When You’re Not in the Path of a Hurricane
    Even if you were not directly affected by the hurricanes, you may experience a sense of vulnerability from witnessing the results of the disaster. This can be especially acute if a relative or friend was affected ...
  • Managing Stress After a Hurricane
    It is common for people to experience very strong emotional reactions with the arrival of a hurricane and its accompanying damage to homes and community infrastructures. If you are experiencing distress in the wake of ...
  • Having a Smooth “Breakup” with Your College-Bound Teen
    As fall approaches, many teenagers will be leaving home for the first time, headed to college. Families face many ...
  • Before and After the Death – Living with Grief Series
    In their book, Before and After the Death, part of the Living with Grief series, the Hospice Foundation of America tries to provide caregivers and clinicians alike tools to help patients during the dying process. ...
  • Stop Fast-Forwarding Your Depression Healing
    "You were such a happy baby," my mom told me on the eve of my 21st birthday. "I'd come into your room in ...
  • Depression and Dissociative Identity Disorder
    As an educator, I’ve become more and more convinced of the huge need for better information and openness about all kinds of ...
  • A Lifetime of Joy after Clinical Depression
    This is a true story, as told to us by Alice (not her real name): When I was born my mother was dismayed -- she didn’t want a child ...
  • Emotions Surrounding Pregnancy Loss
    Pregnancy loss, or fetal death, can happen at any stage of pregnancy. It is more likely to occur before 12 weeks, when it is referred to as miscarriage. After 20 weeks' gestation, it is called ...
  • How Family and Close Friends Can Help Trauma Survivors
    How do you express your support to someone who is reeling from a traumatic experience? There are things you can do for the other person as well as for yourself. 1. If your ...
  • Helpful Hints for Navigating the Holidays
    The holidays are upon us once again, so I thought this would be an ideal time to review some of the common problems people experience during the holidays as well as some tips for coping ...
  • Holiday Coping Tips
    I thought I'd write a few words about the holidays and the blues, because this is the time of the year people commonly experience feelings of depression, sadness, and loss when many others are enjoying ...
  • Searching for Soul: A Survivor’s Guide
    Bobbe Tyler, author, nonfiction writer and retired communications coordinator for Lucasfilm Ltd, has written a book of the type, and in the style, that has kept her alive all these years. Her book, Searching ...
  • Conquering Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one of the most difficult conditions for anyone to bear. Many who encounter life-threatening events or situations that threaten physical or emotional safety become burdened by a variety of intense ...
  • Ricochet: The Truth About PTSD
    Some of you may have read the article "Ricochet: My shot made Joseph Dwyer famous. Did it also help lead to his death?" If you haven't, you might want to. It's about this young ...
  • Mother’s Day Thoughts by a Mommy of Angels
    I have been thinking. I have 6 Angels waiting for me in Heaven. I have miscarriages. The couple weeks surrounding Mother's Day contain several significant dates for me anyway. May 8th was the 7th anniversary ...
  • We Shouldn’t Need a Day of Our Own
    Everybody in the United States is terribly aware the second Sunday in May is Mother's Day -- the floral and greeting card industries won’t let you forget it. Mother's Day is big business. (Whether people ...
  • The Stress of Severe Weather
    It's coming up to that time of year in many places of the country — tornado season. The southern states have already experienced some storms; Oklahoma was struck by a deadly twister just before ...