Grief and Loss Library

  • 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 ...
  • Helping Kids Cope with Your Amicable Divorce
    When divorce is an obvious solution to a disastrous marriage, it’s easier for kids to understand. If either parent is abusive to partner and kids, an addict whose habit has thrown the family into poverty, ...
  • Coping with Sudden Unemployment
    With all that is happening in our economy lately, we all have to realize that we could fall victim to ‘downsizing’ or ‘organizational restructuring.’ Just as with any loss, you are likely to face many ...
  • Grief, Grandma’s Way
    By the time she got into her 90s, my grandmother was a wise woman indeed. She was wise about life. She was also wise about death. As the youngest of eight, she had outlived all ...
  • The Corporate Masquerade
    It seemed as if I had finally made it. I had a management job at a growing company. This included my own office, a very nice desk, travel, a corporate credit card, a ...
  • Historical Secrets to Happiness
    Has the latest fad, "positive psychology," increased our happiness? Not according to a British author and cultural historian. Positive psychology, defined as "the study of optimal human functioning," has gained enormous popularity in the past decade. ...
  • What is Existential Depression?
    When people talk about depression, sometimes they refer to different types based upon what they think may have caused their depression. One such possible cause is existential in nature, that is, a person ends ...
  • Surviving a Life Crisis
    That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not. —James K. Feibleman No matter how hard we wish it otherwise, ...
  • Future Planning for Your Intellectually Disabled Adult Child
    If you are in your mid to late 50s or older and have an intellectually disabled adult child living at home, you are part of the first generation whose disabled kids may well outlive them. ...
  • The Pain of Losing Your Faith
    Our faith -- whether a religious conviction, a commitment to human rights, or another set of deeply-held beliefs -- informs many of our life choices. So what happens when we lose these guiding principles? Although ...
  • Grandparenting a Disabled Child
    Grandparenting is a delicious second chance for nurturing a child. Chances are you looked forward to using hard-won lessons from your experience as a parent to do it better this time. Chances are you looked ...