An important thing to remember when you’re supporting someone else experiencing grief is to not compare losses. Speak to the pain you see without judgment of the loss itself.
You don’t just lose them, a part of you goes with them. And the deeper you loved someone, the larger the missing piece inside of you will be.
Secondary losses can be numerous and can make it feel like grief is piling up on you. This is the place where people, if they’re going to get stuck, usually get stuck
No one “gets over” grief, we just eventually figure out how make it part of who we are.
If you can’t find the words to write in a journal, try art. 17 memorial art projects you could try today.
Emotion is good at making strong memories, but is a really bad historian. Sometimes emotions you experience can obscure the facts of a situation, for good or bad.
Happiness isn’t a spontaneous state of being, it’s a practice. And though it may have come easily in the past, if you’re now experiencing grief, you may find that for the first time you really have to work at getting to joy and happiness.
Mindfulness expert, Heather Stang, is going to teach you two valuable practices, Mindfulness Meditation: Breath Awareness and Mindful Journaling.
If you’re interested in incorporating mindfulness practice into your daily life, this is a perfect beginners guide for grief and mindfulness.
Here are a few signs that may indicate your thoughts, or the thoughts of someone you’re concerned about, are turning from normal grief toward dangerous suicidal ideation.
“Normal” is pretty much impossible to define in the context of grief, but professionals in bereavement education, coaching, and counseling have been trying for some time to figure out the difference between “normal” and “abnormal” grief.
The RAIN method of mindfulness, is useful in grief for examining, and better understanding, what you’re feeling rather than just having those feelings take over.
Meaning-making can take you from a place where all you see is the bad that comes from loss to a place where you can start to see the “good.”
In the last article we addressed the question of why. Which is a massive question. Why did they die? Why him? Why her? The other side of that coin is why not him? Why not her? Why not me?
In the context of grief, the question of “why” can be one of the most infuriating thoughts that you come back to again and again. Discover the 3 challenges of “why” and how to face them.
If you need a little push toward starting or restarting a routine of regular exercise, there is ever-mounting evidence showing that exercise doesn’t just promote physical health but mental health as well.
This exercise isn’t meant to determine if a thought is good or bad just whether the thought is true and if it is useful.
If you’re bothered by specific behaviors that stem from emotional overwhelm it’s possible to better understand what and why you’re feeling the way you are by tracking your thoughts.
There are commonly two root thoughts for the guilt felt after someone dies:
Why didn’t I …?
Suddenly the bad behavior you previously tolerated from a friend, significant-other, or family member becomes completely intolerable because you no longer have the energy to explain it away or keep up the illusion that it doesn’t bother you.