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Posts by Joy Gaertner

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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