Perspectives on Grieving
A single mother of two teenage boys loses her job. Then she loses her car. Then her house. Then she can’t pay her bills. When this happened to Michelle Bergeron a few years ago, it was a slow-motion spiral out of control.
I sit in my rocking chair staring out the window unable to grasp the passage of time. My face is marked by wrinkles; my hair is gray and thinning, and my hands are colored with age spots. I am often breathless and hunched over. I am confused, disorientated and lost. I am kept up at night by my cries of sorrow and the deafening silence. I stare through the pictures of the young, unassuming girl which adorn my room. Just weeks ago, it was her birthday and she was smiling, full of hope and ready to dance through life with her siblings and parents by her side. She was blissfully unaware. She was me, but to me, now, she is someone else. Others can still identify me as that young girl in the picture. Yet, when I look through the mirror of my soul, I am unrecognizable to myself. I am frail because at 24 years old I have just survived one of the greatest losses, losing both parents within 6 weeks of one another.
Facebook is giving users control over what happens to their accounts when they die.The social network rolled out a new feature Thursday that allows users to designate a specific friend who will be able to access their account after they die.
After her mother died in 2013, Emily Kaiser discovered a grief she'd never known — as well as an unexpected alienation from her friends and co-workers.
Learning about grief and loss is an essential life skill, but it isn’t taught in school and as a culture it is something that most of us would rather not talk about. Not teaching children how to cope with loss comes at a great cost. Addiction, violence, depression are often rooted in unexpressed and unsupported grief. Psychologist Henry Cloud says that the most important thing to teach children is how to lose. Imagine, A Center for Coping with Loss has developed the #Here4u curriculum for high school students to do just that.
Loss happens: a death, an illness, a divorce, a job loss, and injury. The grief that comes with loss is normal but painful. How will we cope when it happens to us? Will we know the right things to say and do when it happens to someone else?
From Dr. Bowe's article, some basic truths about grief: Grief can be complicated, and there are several things we need to remember when we are going through it or helping someone in the throes of it.
The Grief Index 2003 Survey reports that grief costs U.S. businesses over $74 billion a year due to the following types of losses...
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This was written a little over a year after my mother died of Pancreatic Cancer on October 23rd, 2008. The disease devastated her body and mind and I was traumatized by her suffering. My grief began the moment she was diagnosed and continues to this day. In the first year I desperately grieved the loss of my mom – she was my best friend, my mentor and my role model.