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Perspectives on Grieving

Millennials in Mourning

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.

They Should Teach That in School....

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.

Here for You: A Journey Through Loss Together

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?

A Tale of Two Daughters and One Cemetery, by Dr. Norma Bowe

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.

Did You Know Grief in the Workplace Costs Companies over $74 Billion Annually?

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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Carry On. Endeavor to Persevere. Tend Your Garden

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.

Continuing to Thrive after a Loss

In that moment one thought enveloped him — This existence is over — and was immediately swallowed by another: This existence is more precious than ever before. Because there were five other children out there, “and I’m now the be-all and end-all of their life.”

Americans Don't Plan on Dying, by Paul Spector, M.D.

[Our goal in sharing articles such as this on death and dying in America, is to further our mission of normalizing grief in our society and encouraging families to "have the conversation" as a way to  reduce fear and stress, open communication and prepare families for end of life decision making. It can actually improve the quality of life.”

"Aunt Jane Wouldn't Want You To Cry"

Don’t leave me!” the little girl with pink ribbons in her hair sobbed as her aunt and young cousin said good-bye to her at the Denver airport. I was returning from a conference in Colorado and was sitting next to the little girl and her grandmother.