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anger in grief make you angry

Why Does Grief Make You Angry at Friends and Family?

Reading that title, you might be thinking that there are approximately a zillion reasons grief makes you angry. And you’d…
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Setting Holiday Boundaries (even when it’s hard)

Boundaries can be helpful in grief, but they can also just be helpful during the complicated and draining holiday season.…
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Thanks For The Offer, But I Don’t Know What I Need!

We've all heard it before, from the well-meaning, tilted-head friends at the funeral and in the weeks to follow: "Let…
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Hey Old Friend: Reconnecting With People Who Matter

For a while now, I've been thinking about the way people come in and out of our lives. This isn’t…
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misunderstanding in grief

What they meant to say: Looking beyond hurtful comments in grief

I want to be upfront with you. This post is about giving the benefit of the doubt to people who…
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Warning: Grief Side-Effects May Include Building Emotional Walls

"Grief is the price we pay for love".   ~ Queen Elizabeth Until you lose someone, you may not really “get” the…
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An Open Letter From A Grieving Friend

Dear close friend who disappeared after someone I love died, Hey there.  It's been a while since we talked, a…
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Hurting the Ones We Love in Grief

Hurting the Ones we Love in Grief

Confession: Sometimes, I'm kind of a jerk. Actually, I've been an especially large mess during some of the years you've…
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emotional manipulator

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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