Tag Archives: Grief

In The Beginning …


When I was eleven, my grandfather died. That was the first major loss of my life, and perhaps the most definitive. I was an only child, surrounded by adults. I spent my after-school hours with my grandparents while my parents … Continue reading

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Untapped Reservoirs of Pain


No matter how many years you may stare yourself in the face, work through endless therapy sessions and so forth, you can always find an unknown, untapped reservoir of pain in your heart. When we find ourselves stuck and weeping … Continue reading

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The Heart of Grief


The heart of grief is pain. It may be the subtle pain of missing someone or the raw anguish of new bereavement, but it is the atomic particle of loss. It hurts when a piece of our life is ripped … Continue reading

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The Price of Admission


I was reading Stephen Levine’s book, Unattended Sorrow, when I was struck by a statement he made: We are learning to live with the consequences of love.  So we must bear loss as deeply as we cared. There it is, … Continue reading

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Why Are We Afraid of Grief?


Recently, a woman quit her job and filed a lawsuit because her supervisor had directed her to remove mementoes of her deceased daughter from her work area and to stop talking about the young woman to coworkers.  The court found … Continue reading

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Sadness and Dealing With It


Sadness is not the same thing as depression, although they certainly can intermingle, particularly if you are a sufferer from chronic depression, as am I.  Today I’m feeling rather sad, and instead of ignoring it and hoping it will get … Continue reading

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Surviving the Waves


It occurred to me today that grief is like standing waist deep in a heavy surf.  The waves pour over your head and knock you to the bottom, but then they recede for a moment before they pound you once … Continue reading

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Aging and Grief


I will be speaking later today at a meeting of adult caregivers on the topic of grief coaching.  I feel passionate about the topic and particularly want more people to become aware that residents of care facilities, retirees, and even … Continue reading

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Surviving Loss and Grief


No one has to survive grief all alone. Continue reading

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Welcome to the Spiraling Up Blog!


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