The holidays can be difficult when you have experienced a loss. The loss can be a person, pet, job, or relationship. Culturally, we have learned that holidays are supposed to be filled with love, happiness, family, friends and get-togethers. When you have experienced a loss of some kind, it can make the holidays very difficult to get through. The feelings of grief can become intensified. You may be filled with memories of times gone by or feelings of hopelessness for the future. There are ways to cope with loss and grief during the holiday season.
Dr. Frank J. Sileo is a New Jersey licensed psychologist and is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Psychological Enhancement, LLC located in Ridgewood, New Jersey. He received his Doctorate in psychology from Fordham University...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
Too often, those of us who are grieving the loss of a loved one can only see endings. We see finality to the time we can share, termination of our relationship with those passing, and feel a sense of permanent loss. Counselors recommend remembering the best parts of our experiences with those we have lost and keeping their memories alive. Friends tell us to focus on the ways our lives have been improved by knowing the person we have lost. Despite this, the separation can still be very painful.
Mira Kelley is a world-renowned expert on past life regression and the best-selling author of Beyond Past Lives. She facilitates workshops, retreats, individual consultations and speaks around the world, promoting the healing and enlightening be...View Full Profile
When we find out someone we love is dying we are filled with many emotions. One emotion we may feel is fear or worry. We may think how will our life look without this person in it or how in the world do you explain this to your family and friends? Before explaining the terminal illness or death to a loved one, it is important to first remember who your audience is. Once you have established who you will be explaining this news to, then you can better prepare yourself for what to expect.
Mara Krotec Baginski conducts individual and group bereavement support sessions for children and adults whose loved ones were under Family Hospice care. Ms. Baginski also facilitates anticipatory grief support to children and families. She is ac...View Full ProfileRecent Articles
We are forever changed by the experience of loss and no two people experience the sorrow of loss in the same way. Individuals often feel alone in grief. Isolation can feel protective, but it can also prevent the opportunity to grow through grief. Group work is one way that grief is transformed into possibility. It is important to know that we have an opportunity to continue to love those we’ve lost and to learn to love ourselves more in the process of grief. Participation in groups helps this process.
I am a certified professional life coach with a focus on helping people grow through grief and allowing the experience of loss to shape one's future without defining it. I help my clients have improved self-esteem, become more independent and op...View Full Profile
Nearly 40,000 people take their own lives every year in the U.S. The impact of these deaths is much larger, however, since suicides haunt each family member, friend, co-worker and acquaintance of the deceased. Those left behind may wonder if there was something they could have done to prevent it. They may feel guilty or responsible that they didn’t see it coming. Most of all, they worry about the fate of the departed loved one and what will happen to his or her soul/life-force. Their grief may be amplified by the thought that they will never see these loved ones again.
Mark Pitstick, B.S., M.A., D.C., has over forty years experience and training in hospitals, pastoral counseling settings, mental health centers, and holistic private practice. His training includes a premedical degree, graduate theology/pastoral...View Full ProfileRecent Articles