All of us understand that the death of a close relative — spouse, parent or child — requires a prolonged period of grieving for the survivor’s healing and adjustment. But what about the passing of a close friend? Generally we … Read more
When encountering someone in emotional pain, many people rush to offer well-meant input in an attempt to fix or stop another’s pain, but in most cases, you insert your own beliefs, judgments and emotions into the situation. You might offer … Read more
We often hold an image at the end of the year of gatherings of family and friends, laughter and sharing, warmth and love. While these images may hold true for some families, for those with a recent loss the holiday … Read more
Popular culture often stresses that we must remain positive and triumph over such “negative” emotions as sadness. Our universe is made of opposites – without one extreme we do not experience the opposite. We experience sadness as the opposite of … Read more
We all know that life is a journey of change. If there were no change, there would also be no growth. A well-known proverb tells of a kind-hearted man who opened a cocoon to free the emerging butterfly. In his … Read more
When a dear friend or family member dies, we each deal with our grief and sadness in our own way. Grief is a complex emotion, combining physical and psychological energy, and that energy must have an outlet.
When you are … Read more