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Posts by Joy Gaertner

National Grief Awareness Day & International Overdose Awareness Day

August 30th is National Grief Awareness Day and August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day.  Anyone who has experienced the grief that comes with the loss of a friend or family member who died and/or suffered from an overdose might wonder why there is just one day in the year that has been earmarked as special when…

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Grief Support: Knowing What to Say and What to Avoid

By Steven Moeller   The majority of grievers are desperately in need of support to help them in coping with their losses. They need someone to listen to them without analysis, criticism or judgment. Fear of how to approach grievers and assist them stops many well-meaning people from being there for these people when they…

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The Grief that Comes with Suicide

Some years ago, Robin Williams was famously quoted as saying that “Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.”  On the face of it, this sounds very logical.  The problem is that the thought of ending one’s life via suicide is a very emotional choice, often related to issues that have brought grief into…

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Anticipatory Grief

Grieving a Loss Before it Happens

Grieving a Loss Before It Happens Anticipatory grief is most commonly associated with the feelings of grief felt by those who are dealing with a loved one’s impending death. A Place for Mom describes anticipatory grief as often being as intense as the grief experienced after a death itself. Perhaps a better and broader definition…

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Divorce and Grief

Heart with bandaid

A divorce can be very emotionally painful. The problem is that divorce and grief are rarely talked about in the same sentence. When a couple chooses to end their relationship by divorcing, it is normally because they have found that the problems in the marriage are such that they have decided divorce is the best solution.…

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