For kids dealing with a death, “back to school” time can be tough. It’s a return to routine, to peers who may or may not know that someone has died, and sometimes feeling alone in a whirlwind of homework and
In the timeless pause immediately following a baby’s birth, the attendants wait with held breaths for the wee one to draw her first. A lusty wail signals the greedy gulping and successful filling of little lungs, and there is a
“I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.” -Joan Didion, Why I Write
Joan Didion’s words speak to the potential for writing
“I can’t do art, I’m not an artist!”
I hear this phrase often when I introduce art in grief counseling. Perhaps you’ve thought or even said this before. We sometimes think that in order to do art, we must first be
It happened so long ago it’s difficult to remember. I can remember sitting in the dining hall after I found out, foggy, detached, watching someone eat soup. I remember the spoon moving up and down, almost in slow motion, and
Grief is exhausting.
In addition to the various emotions that come with grief, we may also notice other changes, including physical and mental stress. Things that used to be easy might feel more difficult. Grief impacts our entire being, which can
There are many ways to make sense of the sometimes overwhelming, often bewildering experience of grief. We know that grief is a universal human response to loss — we all grieve. We also know that grief is highly personal —
The girls and I recently became hooked on a new TV show on NBC called This Is Us. Although my kids can watch a 12-episode series in a weekend’s time, I don’t often have the inclination to sit that still
That is all I can say, that is all I can think.
Twenty years. That is a long time ago, and yet the events of that day 20 years ago feels like yesterday. I can still remember everything so vividly,
Grief demands attention; it takes time to experience and understand feelings of loss. Take time alone when you are fatigued or need space for reflection. Take time with others when you need the support of people whom you trust and