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Grief Support

Secondary Losses After Losing A Loved One
Coping with the loss of a loved one is a difficult experience. This can be compounded the secondary loss of shared activities and life contributions made by those who have died. Often times secondary loses are overlooked but still cause an immense impact on someone who is grieving. These secondary loses have a ripple effect on loved ones.

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Helping Yourself Heal During the Holiday Season
Internationally noted author Dr. Alan Wolfelt offers some strategies for managing grief during the holidays. The author of Living in the shadow of the Ghosts of Grief:Step into the Light and Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transitions serves as an educational consultant to funeral homes, hospices, hospitals and schools across the U.S. Following is an excerpt from Dr. Wolfelt on handling your grief during the upcoming holiday season.

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Helping Yourself Heal When Someone Dies

Someone you love has died. You are now faced with the difficult, but important, need to mourn. Mourning is the open expression of your thoughts and feelings regarding the death and the person who has died. It is an essential part of healing. You are beginning a journey that is often frightening, painful, overwhelming, and sometimes lonely. This article provides practical suggestions to help you move toward healing in your personal grief experience.

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Healing When Your Spouse Dies

Few events in life are as painful as the death of your spouse. You may be uncertain you will survive this overwhelming loss. You are beginning a journey that is often frightening, overwhelming and sometimes lonely. This article provides practical suggestions to help you move toward healing in your personal grief experience.

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Reaching Out for Help When You are Grieving

When someone you love dies, you must mourn if you are to renew your capacity for love. In other words, mourning brings healing. But healing also requires the support and understanding of those around you as you embrace the pain of your loss. Perhaps the most compassionate thing you can do for yourself at this difficult time is to reach out for help from others.

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Helping Children Cope with Grief

Adults grieve. So do children. Anyone old enough to love is old enough to grieve. Even before children are able to talk, they grieve when someone loved dies. Caring adults, whether parents, relatives or friends, can help children during this time. This article explains how to help children cope with grief.

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Dealing with Unexpected Death

As hard as it is to cope with the death of a loved one, it is even harder when you lose them to violence or accident. Although these wounds are not quick to heal, the love and support of family and friends can help someone accept their loss and put their life back together. This article offers some suggestions on how to comfort a grieving family member or friend during this difficult period.

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Coping with Teenage Grief

Unfortunately, tragic traffic accidents have claimed the lives of a record number of teens throughout our area. Instead of enjoying a special time, teenagers are mourning the loss of special friends. As adults, it is critical to remember that teenagers understand more than younger children do, yet they do not have adult ways to cope with their loss.

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Handling Grief During the Holidays

Holidays are often difficult for anyone who has experienced the death of someone loved. Society encourages you to join in the holiday spirit, but all around you the sounds, sights and smells trigger memories of the one you love who has died.

No simple guidelines exist that will take away the hurt you are feeling. We hope, however, the following suggestions will help you better cope with your grief during this joyful, yet painful, time of the year.

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