Managing Grief and Anxiety at Christmas

Managing Grief and Anxiety at Christmas

Christmas is coming as it does with regularity every year.  Regardless of our religious beliefs or lack of, Christmas is generally a time when people come together for celebrating. For some it is celebrating the birth of Jesus,  while for others it is simply an opportunity to celebrate our connection to one another through family ties and/or friendship. Christmas can, however, be a double-edged sword.  While we may have cause to celebrate and...

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It’s Your Funeral

It’s Your Funeral

Have you ever imagined your own funeral? What it looked like, where it was held, who came, who spoke and what they said about you. If so, have you done anything about it? Have you told anyone? Have you recorded it anywhere? Perhaps you take the position “I won’t be here, so I don’t care!” Or are you like the gentleman who, tongue in cheek, said: “since I’m not going to die, I don’t need to think about it.” The truth is none of us get out of...

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Why and How to Care for Yourself when Grieving

Why and How to Care for Yourself when Grieving

  Why Care for Yourself when Grieving? In a nutshell, taking care of yourself when grieving is crucial to your safety, health and well being. In this busy world, taking time to grieve is often discounted with “I don’t have time for that” or “I can’t afford that luxury”. The truth is you can’t afford not to, not if you value yourself. Grief has a way of catching up with you sooner or later. If you don’t do the work when it’s in...

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Managing an Anniversary of a Loss

Managing an Anniversary of a Loss

I’m writing this on the anniversary of my first son Jeremy’s death.  With this being the thirty-second anniversary, I feel well versed on managing them. Of course I don’t need an anniversary to remember him.  He is never forgotten and will always be a part of me, but the day itself holds significance. It is the marker of time passed since his death, a before and after dividing line in my life. I was aware of his impending anniversary looming...

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Stages of Grief? Yeah? NAH!

Stages of Grief? Yeah? NAH!

Do you ever get so annoyed, frustrated or angry that you just want to scream? I do, every time I see or hear, yet again, another reference to the “five stages of grief” as a formula for grieving in this day and age.  Good grief, there is nothing prescriptive about grieving by any stretch of the imagination.  If anything, it is the complete opposite – disorderly, unpredictable and chaotic, with a plethora of emotions. I always...

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