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15

Aug'19

5 Benefits of Grief Journaling

Journaling is one of WYG’s favorite, go-to, grief coping methods for many reasons. First, it offers you a simple way …

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30

Aug'16

Self-Guided 30-Day Grief Journaling Intensive

WE HAVE RELOCATED THIS COURSE TO OUR NEW SCHOOL PLATFORM!  Participants of this eCourse should be ready to journal, but they should …

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21

Aug'16

30 Day Self-Guided Grief Journaling Intensive

General concepts covered in this course include: Grief 101; Managing difficult emotions while writing/journaling; Continuing bonds; Guilt and regret; Forgiveness; Loneliness and isolation; Support systems; Gratitude  

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01

Jul'15

Grief Art Journaling for the Artistically Challenged

Those of you who follow WYG may have noticed a pretty glaring oversight during the month of June.  Father’s Day …

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02

Oct'13

Growth from Grief (and a Journaling Exercise)

There is a lot of pain in this world. This is a truth that’s impossible to ignore. It’s everywhere – …

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03

May'13

Six-Word Stories, Statements, and Exclamations: A Journaling Exercise

Legend has it that famous author Ernest Hemingway, out to lunch at the Algonquin, bet a table full of fellow writers he …

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17

Apr'13

Support System Superlatives: A Journaling Exercise

You’ve probably heard this phrase a few hundred times since your loved one’s death… Let me know if there’s anything …

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12

Mar'20

Taking Care of Your Mental Health During Coronavirus

Our thoughts go out to the many family members who have already lost loved ones to the coronavirus. Even if …

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24

Feb'20

Guilt and Grief: Making A Living Amends

It would be easy to think there is nothing more WYG can write about guilt and grief. We’ve written about …

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19

Dec'19

8 Tips for Remaining Present at the Holidays (While Grieving)

I’ll get straight to it – the reason why I’m writing about remaining present during the holiday season is personal. …

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25

Nov'19

Why Is My Grief Worse At Night?

When we wrote about why, for some, grief feels worse in the morning, we knew that we would immediately have …

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14

Nov'19

Why Is My Grief Worse In The Morning?

If you are one of the many people who find that grief is worse in the morning, here are six reasons why and ten tips for coping.

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06

Nov'19

What are Stuck Points in Grief?

What are “stuck points”? In 1992, researchers Resick and Schnicke first described the term “stuck points” in their work exploring …

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08

Mar'19

7 Ways to Treat Yourself With Kindness While Grieving

A while ago, we wrote an article about the need for self-compassion in grief.  At the time, we defined self-compassion …

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28

Nov'18

Helping Your Friends Help You

Warning: today’s post is about something that will annoy at least half of you. Seriously. I know from experience. I …

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25

May'18

The Need for Self-Compassion in Grief

Imagine you’re talking to a close friend who is grieving and she tells you she’s frustrated because she doesn’t think …

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18

Apr'18

I Don’t Want to Talk About It: Coping with Grief Without Saying a Word

I may be betraying my trade as a mental health professional to admit that, personally, I’m not much for counseling …

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14

Feb'18

A Grief Concept You Should Care About: Continuing Bonds

I’ve always thought of continuing bonds as an ‘a-ha’ grief concept. As in…  “A-ha! That makes so much sense.” “A-ha! …

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17

Jan'18

Grief Support Gone Wrong: When You’re Beyond Second Chances

Nothing puts a person’s support system to the test quite like a crisis. When the clouds of hardship dull the …

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21

Nov'17

Grief at Thanksgiving: Gratitude with a grain of salt

I’ll go ahead and acknowledge the giant turkey in the room, Thanksgiving can be the pits for people who are …

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30

Aug'17

Deconstruction/Reconstruction: WYG’s Fav New Teen Grief Journal

We are really excited to let you know about a new grief resource for grieving teens that came out this …

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09

Aug'17

Grief and Concentration: 8 tips for coping with an inability to focus

You’re sitting at your desk at work and suddenly realize you have been staring at the wall, lost in thought …

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02

Aug'17

Congratulate yourself, you’re coping with grief

Congratulations! No seriously, congratulations. You are doing it.  You are surviving.  You are breathing in and out and you are …

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11

Jul'17

Losing Relationships: I hate it

Last night as I was falling asleep I had a memory of being in my grandmother’s living room. ‘Memory’ may actually …

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05

Jul'17

Exploring Grief Through Photography Self-Guided E-Course

Welcome to Exploring Grief Through Photography Below you will find information about this e-course including who it’s for, how it …

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06

Jun'17

A Balanced Approach to Coping With Life After Loss

When coping with grief, it’s logical to prioritize managing the distressing thoughts and emotions that have become a part of …

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26

Apr'17

Hey there grief-brain, I’m ignoring you today.

I am in a massive writing rut.  Wait, let me restate that.  I am in a massive rut that has …

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20

Apr'17

Who’s in Charge Here? Coping with loss of control

Grief isn’t an emotional experience, it’s an entire paradigm shift.  When something bad happens that’s beyond a person’s control, like …

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18

Apr'17

We interrupt your regularly scheduled grief support

Notice anything different about What’s Your Grief?  I’ll give you a hint – we got a makeover! It’s been a while …

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23

Mar'17

The Grief Coaster: Understanding stress in grief

Stress is a given, whether it’s experienced in response to major life events or minor everyday occurrences. When life is …

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09

Feb'17

“I should have known…”: Understanding Hindsight Bias in Grief

People have a natural tendency to sift through the ashes of tragedy in search of explanations. To quote Holocaust survivor …

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29

Nov'16

8 Suggestions for Coping With Grief

Suggestion #1: Recognize that no set of steps, tasks, stages, or method could ever tell you how to get over, …

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20

Nov'16

Exploring Grief Through Photography Self-Guided E-Course

How to explore, express, and communicate your emotions and experiences using photography; Ideas and inspiration for photographing grief; Photography tools and tips. See additional details below.

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05

Oct'16

Grief In Six Words: a new site by WYG

If you’re a long-time WYG grief-friend, you know that Eleanor and I looooove six-word stories.  Why?  First, because we love creative …

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22

Sep'16

Winter is Coming: 64 tips for grieving through the winter blues

Weather can have a real impact on mood and coping, whether you like it or not.  There are those of …

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01

Sep'16

Creating Grief Support Spaces

You know, life is hard. Well…I know you know life is hard…but let me say it anyways. Life is hard …

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28

Jun'16

5 Reasons Why it Can Be Hard to Cope With Loss

A few months ago we received an email asking us to explain the difference between “grieving” and “coping”.  Although these …

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31

Mar'16

Reconnecting with Life After Loss (One step at a time)

You’ve been there before.  Heck, we’ve all been there. It’s been a long week, you’re tired, the weather’s not that …

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22

Mar'16

The Dissonance of Things Left Unsaid

I want you to imagine you’re listening to a child play the piano. This particular child is relatively new to piano …

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17

Mar'16

Making Time for Grief During Pregnancy

Today we’d like to welcome guest author Dana Schwartz to discuss what she has learned from her experience grieving during pregnancy. …

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15

Mar'16

64 Six Word Stories About Grief

A while back we wrote a post about the six word story, the well-known writing exercise made famous through the …

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07

Mar'16

64 Things Our Readers Would Tell Their Younger Selves About Grief

We’ve been engaged a bit of a dialogue over on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram about the things our readers would …

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29

Feb'16

Balancing Selflessness and Self-Care in Grief

Are you the family member everyone looks to when times get tough?  Are you who your friends call when they need a …

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11

Feb'16

Grieving the Death of a Spouse or Significant Other

Death, regardless of the details, is capable of devastating those it leaves behind.  Brother, sister, son, daughter, mother, or father …

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27

Jan'16

When Your Best Friend Dies

We got an email last week from someone who lost a friend.  Not just any friend died, her best friend …

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19

Jan'16

Grief After Traumatic Loss

Recently a reader emailed us and asked if we’d write a post about grieving a violent death. She’d been looking …

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02

Dec'15

Spotting Emotional Manipulation in your Support System

Today we want to talk about people who are maybe not so good for you in your grief or, oh …

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17

Nov'15

‘Tis the Season for Grief-Related Social Anxiety

Part of my self-care regime is reading The Onion articles whenever possible.  I don’t know what it is, their headlines just …

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02

Nov'15

Understanding Survivor Guilt

Guilt.  We have talked about it from a lot of different angles around here.  We have talked about the shoulda, …

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15

Oct'15

Grief Hacks: Lists and Little Journals

Experiencing the death of a loved one can throw a person all out of whack, am I right?  Grief is …

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23

Sep'15

Grief and Forgiveness Part Two: 12 Tips for Self-Forgiveness

Remember when I wrote a post on grief and forgiveness and I promised I would follow it up with a second …

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09

Sep'15

What’s Your Question: How Do I Find Support as a Grieving 20-Something?

It is (finally) time for another installment of What’s Your Question, thanks to a question from new WYG reader, Lauren.  Lauren …

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20

Aug'15

In Defense of the Grief Selfie

Once upon a time, many moons ago, Eleanor wrote an amazing post about self-portraits.  In that post, in case you …

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13

Aug'15

Grief and Creative Block: getting your groove back

Grief and creative expression, for me (and Eleanor and I am sure many of you) are deeply intertwined.  When my …

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29

Jul'15

Learning A Secret After A Death

The topic of secrets has been a grief theme for me lately.  It started about a month ago when I …

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21

Jul'15

The Grief Lens and its Impact on Outlook

One thing that keeps me up at night is the subjectivity of life.  Yes, I do have better things to …

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22

May'15

Guilt vs Regret in Grief

When it comes to grief, guilt and regret are words that get tossed around pretty regularly.  We all have things …

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27

Apr'15

Man’s Best Friend: 5 Considerations for Grieving the Loss of a Pet

Two weeks ago my husband was playing with our dog, Amos, when he felt a lump – a huge lump …

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16

Apr'15

Grief Meets The Smart Phone

It won’t be news to any of you when I say that while you are grieving you can be doing …

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02

Apr'15

What would you tell your younger self about grief?

When my mother died, I knew nothing about grief. Truthfully, I knew nothing about life either. Like most, I entered …

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21

Feb'15

One Day At A Time: More Than Just a Grief Cliche

Recently on our social media, I posted the following quote by Patti Davis: “It takes strength to make your way …

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12

Feb'15

Dear Love: Healing Through Writing Letters

A letter from the influential physicist, Richard Feynman, to his high-school sweetheart and wife, Arline Feynman.   From Letters of …

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16

Jan'15

Grief After Abortion: healing from unspoken loss

There are posts that we write here on WYG that travel like wildfire.  In the course of a day or …

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04

Nov'14

Grief and Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

When my 5-year-old daughter is tired it’s obvious to everyone but her. As far as she’s concerned, everything is awful.   Nothing …

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14

Oct'14

Grief and Isolation

10 signs you’ve been spending too much time alone: 1.  Your laundry basket is filled with a soft pile of …

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15

Sep'14

64 Thoughts on Individual Worth and Forgiveness

Litsa and I have been promising a forgiveness post for months now.  No one has specifically asked for this particular …

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18

Aug'14

Reconnecting With Your Passions: Getting over the Meh’s

Have you ever fallen in love with a thing? Not a person or a place, but a thing? Well maybe …

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10

Jul'14

What’s Your Question: Should Children Attend Funerals?

I was talking some friends a while back about when they went to their first funeral (that’s what you get …

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20

May'14

What’s Your Question: Coping When Funerals Bring Up Old Losses

We posted recently about remembering loved ones at weddings and we got a great comment asking us to post about …

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16

May'14

Reflections on ‘Mother’

Mother’s Day has passed and I suppose many of you were happy to see it go.  For those without a …

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11

Apr'14

The Media Overload Detox Diet

Let’s be honest, turning on the news these days is kind of a bummer.  From missing planes, to mudslides, to …

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03

Apr'14

Grief Questions and Queries: You searched. We responded.

So, I don’t know how many of you out there understand the inner-workings of the Internet. In summary: it’s complicated. …

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12

Mar'14

What’s Your Grief Style? (aka coping for your kind of crazy)

We talk a lot here at WYG about different grief theories.  We do our best to break them down in a …

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24

Feb'14

64 Self-Care Ideas for People Who Are Grieving

Self-care is a lot like flossing, you know you should do it regularly, but most people don’t. Why?  Probably because …

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12

Feb'14

Good Grief Scrapbooking for the Artistically Challenged

Valentine’s Day is not at the top of our favorite holiday list around here, grief or no grief.  If facing …

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10

Feb'14

Grief and Valentine’s Day

I don’t want to alarm you, but I just had a look at the calendar, and it’s almost Valentine’s Day. …

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30

Dec'13

64 New Years Resolutions for Grievers

Like many, I have a love/hate relationship with New Year’s resolutions.  On the one hand, they can be a great kick …

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02

Dec'13

64 Tips for Coping with Grief at the Holidays

Once upon a time, I made this random list of 64 things I wish someone had told me about grief.  …

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15

Nov'13

12 Gratitude Tips from Around the Web: Friday Favorites

Hey, did you hear?  Litsa and I are on day 4 of our ’16 Days of Gratitude’, which we’re doing …

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11

Nov'13

Thanksgiving Grief: Finding Gratitude When You’re Anything but Grateful

Up until now, I have been in full-on denial about the holidays approaching. But Halloween has come and gone. My …

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28

Oct'13

Coping with a Loved One’s Death Anniversary: 30 Ideas

My mother’s death anniversary was this past week, October 23rd to be exact. As soon as the fall weather hit, I …

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07

Oct'13

64 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Grief

We think about grief a lot around here – we write about types of grief, grief theory, personal reflections, creative …

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30

Sep'13

Grieving Before A Death: Understanding Anticipatory Grief

I spent a lot of time with my grandmother when I was growing up.  When I was young, before I …

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25

Sep'13

The Evolving Emotions of Grief: an art journal activity for grievers

As you know if you spend any time hanging out around here, we are huge proponents of journaling as a …

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16

Sep'13

Helping a Teenager Deal with Grief

It’s difficult to sum up how to support a child or teenager without being overly general because, just like big wrinkly …

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06

Sep'13

Friday Favorites: September 6th, 2013

Welcome to Friday Favorites, where we highlight interesting things we’ve seen over the last week.  Although most highlights are grief …

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30

Aug'13

Friday Favorites: August 30th, 2013

Hear ye, Hear ye! We have some ch-ch-changes to announce. These changes will only be remarkable to our avid and …

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28

Aug'13

Before the Five Stages were the FOUR Stages of Grief

As you may or may not be aware, we’ve been covering some grief theory stuff around here for the past …

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21

Aug'13

My Mother’s Treatment Journal: The Diagnosis

When you’re having a rough couple of days and feeling sad and down, it is almost never a good idea …

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16

Aug'13

The Grief of an Overdose Death: Part 2

Prefer to listen to your grief support?  Listen to our ‘ Surviving the Grief of an Overdose Death’ podcast above. ———————————————————————————————————————————– …

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05

Aug'13

The 8 Horcruxes of Grief: The Harry Potter Grief Model

Disclaimer: The grief model outlined below is completely unsubstantiated. The opinions expressed by the author in no way reflect the …

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24

Jul'13

The Side Effects of Exploring Grief

I’m pretty sure when a doctor prescribes medication to a patient they’re supposed to discuss the potential side effects with …

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21

Jul'13

Weekend Edition: July 21, 2013

You know the drill.  Sunday.  Weekend Edition.  Stuff we saw, loved, and hope you love too. A Friendship Seat Memorial …

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15

Jul'13

5 Grief Blogs We Love

I’m sure to the casual observer it seems like no one’s talking about grief. In many ways no one is, …

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08

Jul'13

Disen-whaaaat?? Understanding Disenfranchised Grief

Disenfranchised grief: you may have heard this term thrown around and wondered what it is all about. Disenfranchised grief is …

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30

Jun'13

Weekend Edition: June 30, 2013

You know the drill — it is Sunday and that means our Weekend Edition – a highlight of stuff we …

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28

Jun'13

Womp-womp Call to Action: Be Grateful

I think I’ve been a bit of a womp-womp lately. Womp-Womp: A person acting needlessly bummed out or negative toward …

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22

Jun'13

Weekend Edition: June 23rd

Welcome to the ‘Weekend Edition’, I’m so glad your here.  Read on as I distill all the interesting and vaguely …

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14

Jun'13

DIY Grief Journal: Learn from my mistakes

Here are a few things I do well… 1. Remember the words to songs 2. Make children laugh 3. Forgive …

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12

Jun'13

Father’s Day Sulking Without Apology

No two ways about it, Father’s Day is pretty much my least favorite holiday. In fact, I pretty much hate …

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10

Jun'13

Meaningful Grieving After Pregnancy Loss

We want to welcome Hannah Mirmiran back to ‘What’s Your Grief’ to continue our discussion about grieving after pregnancy loss. …

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22

May'13

Missing Moments & Letter Writing: A Journal Exercise.

I still feel a small tinge of excitement when the mail comes.  It’s a fleeting feeling, one left over from …

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13

May'13

Grief, Mindfulness and Alcohol

We have some off the wall posts here at WYG, but with a title like this one you are probably …

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05

May'13

Weekend Edition: May 5, 2013

Time for our weekly wrap up of interesting, thoughtful, creative, unique, unusual, insightful or otherwise thought-provoking stuff from around the …

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22

Apr'13

The Media Overload Detox Diet

This has been a devastating week for our country.  Between the deaths and injuries in Boston and Texas, we are reminded again …

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21

Apr'13

Weekend Edition: April 21, 2013

It is Sunday at the end of  a very tough week for our country.  Our thoughts go out to all …

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05

Apr'13

Grief and Pinterest

Pop Quiz!  What are some tools for exploring grief?  Go. Therapy?  Of course.  Support groups?  Yup.  Journaling?  For sure.  Art?  Definitely.  …

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03

Apr'13

Love Your Regret

Please don’t tell me you don’t have any regrets…please…I beg of you.  Normal people have regrets; it doesn’t make you …

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25

Mar'13

Self-care in Grief: The Myth of Keeping Busy

I am very excited to introduce today’s guest author, Nick Frye.  I’ve known Nick since my ‘Tests and Assessments’ course …

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20

Mar'13

Beautiful Pain: Found Poems and Creative Healing

Show of hands, who’s heard of ‘found poems’?   Ahhh I see some of you aren’t acquainted.  Here’s a simple …

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15

Mar'13

Grief Journals: should picking a grief journal really be this complicated?

Journaling is a tried and true coping tool for exploring grief, as well as other complicated emotions.  Why does it …

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04

Mar'13

Crying In Public (aka sometimes socks are sad)

Sometimes you are in a store and you start to cry, uncontrollably.  A small child standing nearby says to her mom “why …

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06

Feb'13

Writing and Delivering a Eulogy

Preface: This post is about writing and delivering a eulogy. It presumes that a eulogy has already been decided on …

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03

Feb'13

Weekend Edition

What’s Your Grief is starting a new feature called Weekend Edition.  Right…you already got that part. Okay so every Sunday we will …

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30

Dec'12

8 New Year’s Resolutions for Grievers

If you’re considering making a New Year’s resolution this year, there are quite a few you can choose that will …

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