Are Tears a Cry for Help?


This week Grief Compass is looking at why we cry and today we’re focused on an article from Time Magazine which presents one of my favorite theories, that emotional (or psychic) tears have a different chemical structure than the basal tears that just keep your eyes moist and the reflex tears that are produced in response … Continue reading Are Tears a Cry for Help?

Why Does Grief Make Me Cry?


We all know the feeling when we’re just about to cry. Emotion rises. Your shoulders pull up tight. A thick lump forms at the back of your throat. Breath becomes unsteady. Your chin trembles. You sniff as your nose starts to run. You fight it, but liquid starts to collect on your lower eyelid, blurring … Continue reading Why Does Grief Make Me Cry?

The 12 Days of Holiday Grief


Thank you for all your likes, shares, and comments! These tidbits of grief support definitely seem to have struck a common chord with many of you, and we hope they helped this year and in holidays to come. To make it easy for you to return to our holiday grief tips in one quick click I’m dropping all twelve right … Continue reading The 12 Days of Holiday Grief

The 12 Days of Grief – Day Nine


See all the Days of Holiday Grief here. Your friends and family are genuinely concerned about how you are doing. Prepare specific answers for questions like, “how are you holding up,” and “is there anything I can do to help?” Consider how your answers will be different if you’re asked by an acquaintance, relative, or best friend. … Continue reading The 12 Days of Grief – Day Nine

The 12 Days of Grief – Day Eight


See all the Days of Holiday Grief here. This is a tough one. Take some time to consider the moments you’ll miss your lost friend or family member the most. Is there a special holiday tradition of which they were an integral part? If you think of these specific moments in private, you’ll likely be better prepared for those moments when they happen. But remember, it’s okay to get emotional when they do.

The 12 Days of Grief – Day Seven


See all the Days of Holiday Grief here. Holiday celebrations are steeped in tradition and ceremony. For your holiday gathering, plan a memorial activity in which everyone can participate. This could be as simple as lighting a candle and sharing a prayer, or can be as involved as making personalized memorial tree ornaments. Traditions like these can … Continue reading The 12 Days of Grief – Day Seven

The 12 Days of Grief – Day Four


See all the Days of Holiday Grief here. Get some good sleep. Ideally 7+ hours per night. If thoughts of grief make falling or staying asleep difficult at night, do your best to plan some afternoon rest-time in your schedule (there’s no shame in taking naps). Many physical and psychological benefits of getting enough sleep are well documented … Continue reading The 12 Days of Grief – Day Four

The 12 Days of Grief – Day Two


See all the Days of Holiday Grief here. Include in your holiday decorations a special area that features framed pictures (even better if they’re holiday pictures) of your absent friend or family member. Keep in mind that others may be feeling grief this holiday, even if the death took place years ago. So, when you host holiday gatherings, … Continue reading The 12 Days of Grief – Day Two

The 12 Days of Grief – Day One


See all the Days of Holiday Grief here. If you’re experiencing grief this holiday season, you don’t need to do it all. Shopping, parties, baking, wrapping, sending cards…it can all catch up with you. Looking at your calendar, make a list of all the things you’re planning to do this season, then cross out all the things you … Continue reading The 12 Days of Grief – Day One

The Grief Flux Capacitor


If you remember the 80’s you probably remember a blockbuster movie called “Back to the Future.” In that movie there’s a scene when Doc Brown tells Marty about bumping his head and and suddenly getting the idea for the time travel engine, the flux capacitor! “Taelor, what in the world does this have to do … Continue reading The Grief Flux Capacitor


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