Friday Favorites: March 28, 2014

General / General : Eleanor Haley

Extra! Extra!  Read all about it!  We’re back with our favorite grief articles from the week, etc. etc.  We hope you’ve had a good week.  Here’s what we’ve been up to:

On Monday Litsa posted 16 Tips for Continuing Bonds with People We’ve Lost.

We also taught a grief workshop on ‘Disenfranchised Grief’.  In related news, care to join our grief pact?


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On Wednesday Eleanor posted All About Anger

Which brings us up to date. Here’s we want want to share with you today:

Mudslide Recovery Brings Searchers to Tears via Firehouse

Many are still missing after the mudslide in Oso, Washington and it’s starting to look like some of their bodies won’t be recovered.  The families of the missing will have to move forward with funerals and other rituals without this initial sense of closure and finality.  The mudslide has brought so much devastation to this community and there is much to be grieved – loved ones, pets, homes, belongings, lifetimes – our thoughts are certainly with those struggling to pick up the pieces and those who have been tirelessly digging through the debris.

Thankfully, there have been many tearful reunifications including this one between a family and their dog Buddy:

Can Money Relieve Grief? via Discovery

Also in the news is Malaysian Airline Flight 370.  The headline of this article may be a bit deceiving, really the discussion is more about how the airline taking responsibility and the knowledge that another tragedy might be prevented can the deceased’s families in their grief.  Although money can help with unexpected expenses and loss of income, the author doesn’t necessarily assert it helps with grief in and of itself.

April is Donate Life Month

Are you an organ and tissue donor?  Do your family and friends know your wishes?  Now is a good time to have these conversations.  Donate Life month is about bringing awareness to organ and tissue donation, but it is also about honoring the hundreds of individuals who, in death, save lives by giving this gift.  If you know someone who was an organ and tissue donor, find a way to honor them this month.

Suicide Prevention in the Shadows of the Golden Gate Bridge via Huffington Post

The directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District might vote in favor of using toll money along with federal and state funds to install a suicide barrier in the form of a stainless steel net.  The author discusses how the act of suicide is often impulsive and if we make it more difficult for someone to commit the fatal act they may make it to a place where they will reconsider.

Along those lines, here is a preview for the movie “A Long Way Down”

Forewarning, this is kind of a lighthearted take on people contemplating suicide.  However the preview makes me think it might speak to the power of making it from a place where you would consider ending your life to a place of increased hope and optimism.

The Healing Nature of Grief Poetry via The Best American Poetry

A discussion of bereavement poetry, poems which are often read or written to bring comfort to the grieving.  Poetry about death and grief go back as far as one can look and can be found in the work of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, Sylvia Plath and many more.  If you like poetry this is worth a read.

A Lyrical Meditation on Grief in ‘Falling Out of Time’ via NPR

This book sounds really interesting, check it out…

And almost as if to the beat of an accelerating drum-call, he, the Walking Man, and then other figures in the small town — nameless, and essentially without much identifying geography — fall out of everyday time and take to walking in circles and then head out of town. All of them appear to have lost loved ones. All of them appear to be ready to sacrifice anything for one more conversation with the person they lost, the dead who have gone but whose deaths “are not dead.” And so they head out on the rough road leading to the nearest point where the Other World or Nether World — if I can be allegorical myself for a moment — puts up a wall precisely to discourage travelers such as these.”

Devastated Family Struggling to Cope After Losing Everything on DVR via the Onion

I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

 Dad Turns Videos of His Toddler Into Insanely Cool Action Movies

I guess this is what happens when you have a father who works as a Dreamworks animator.   And because who hasn’t played ‘pretend the floor is lava’?

Or ignored the ‘Wet Floor’ sign?

I gotta go.

Let’s be grief friends.

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