Grief and Loss Blog

Supporting Your Child’s Grief Through School Counseling No Comments

If you’re an adult of a certain age, you might remember school counselors as the people who handed you career aptitude tests and told you what you’d be best at. But times have changed. In modern schools, school counselors are among the most well-trained and notable members of the academic and administrative team…

Is there a difference when a loss is sudden versus anticipatory? No Comments

For ten years, I facilitated a younger widow(er) group in Denver.  Each month we welcomed new members to a group they did not want to join yet voluntarily attended in an effort to make sense of their loss.  As I listened to the attendees share their stories, I learned that while their loss journeys were varied, the outcome was similar…

What is the New Normal? No Comments

After I lost my husband I joined a grief group. One of the topics the counselor covered was the “new normal.” I had no idea what that was, but I came to understand that it refers to life after loss. What we knew as normal is gone after a death. In order to move forward we all have to find a new way to live…

How to Cope With the Demise of Your Spouse No Comments

The passing away of your spouse is one of the most devastating experiences for you. When a person who had been an important part of your life is no more around, then dealing with this loss accompanies with trauma, nostalgia, stress and possibly, trouble…

Father’s Day since losing your Dad No Comments

This year might be your first Father’s Day since losing your Dad, a beloved child or another important person in your life. Or maybe it’s been a while. Either way, Father’s Day can be tough when a piece of your heart’s puzzle is missing…

Feelin’ Groovy No Comments

Ever had a song, a fragrance or box of cereal stir you to tears? It’s been 19 years since my mom’s sudden graduation to heaven. So, how could Mother’s Day week and a song be the catalyst for tears in my grilled chicken tenderloin salad? Sounds like a country music song…

Turning Pain into Power No Comments

When you first lose someone it is impossible to do anything. You drag yourself through each sad day, hour by miserable hour. It is a struggle than takes time and effort and sadly, sometimes involves spiraling out of control…

Everything Will Be Okay If You Just No Comments

After a deep loss like the death of a loved one, well-meaning family members and friends often think they can magically erase our grief by getting us to make some sort of change. I think sometimes people who are not dealing with deep grief often have no real concept of how difficult it can be to overcome…

Nothing is Wasted No Comments

This Father’s Day post is dedicated to our friend, Davey Blackburn. Davey is the Pastor of Resonate Church in Indianapolis, IN. The Blackburns story of love, unthinkable loss, faith and hope continues to inspire people around the world…