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Oct 21, 2013
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New Free Resource at The Center for Grief Recovery

Dear Reader,In an effort to better serve clients, colleagues, and the general public, the Center for Grief Recovery (the Center) is providing this free website-based bibliographic resource to broaden and deepen your knowledge and access to grief recovery related materials. Our aim is to support, encourage, offer hope and guidance to anyone, free of charge, wrestling with the meaning of their lives and the lives of loved ones in the wake of loss.Materials included have been identified based on…See More
Oct 19, 2013
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Grief In The Workplace

At the Center for Grief Recovery, we often find that our services are needed in response to a sudden loss in the workplace. The following outline has been used to help groups cope with such situations. The ideas in it, however, are applicable to many different kinds of loss experiences.STOP THE ACTION The first step in dealing with a death in an institution or workplace is to stop the normal activities and reschedule so that employees can come together to share their thoughts and feelings.…See More
Nov 18, 2012
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Loss and Change in Bereavement Counseling

Grief comes in many different forms and in response to many kinds of losses. Sometimes an existential crisis occurs in the context of loss and grief. In addition to returning to their pre-loss functioning and what has been good and satisfying in the past, many clients find that grief counseling helps them reflect on areas of the self that may need fleshing out and development. For some individuals, loss can become a call for fuller development of their humanness. Since life truly is not the…See More
Aug 4, 2012
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Sibling Loss

In American society we suffer from long-standing patterns of anxiety and denial about death.  Perhaps as a result, in our grief and mourning processes, we’ve learned to cope with our powerful reactions with self-control and “strength.”  It seems we are socially conditioned to be stoic, to “move on,”  “get back to work,” “be strong.”  These habits severely limit our freedom to grieve naturally and openly for any loved one we’ve lost. Thankfully, however, our culture does seem to offer some…See More
Mar 22, 2012
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Sibling Loss

In American society we suffer from long-standing patterns of anxiety and denial about death.  Perhaps as a result, in our grief and mourning processes, we’ve learned to cope with our powerful reactions with self-control and “strength.”  It seems we are socially conditioned to be stoic, to “move on,”  “get back to work,” “be strong.”  These habits severely limit our freedom to grieve naturally and openly for any loved one we’ve lost. Thankfully, however, our culture does seem to offer some…See More
Mar 21, 2012
David Fireman's blog post was featured

Loss Is Hard Enough

Loss is hard enough, but when the environment won't or can't surround us in our loss with consistent comfort and useful resources, then it becomes even harder.  There's a term being used in the bereavement literature called complicated mourning or traumatic grief reaction.  These are often used interchangeably.  In my experience virtually all loss experiences are complicated and traumatic to a certain degree.  In any case, there are ways in which the natural grief process can get distorted,…See More
Oct 20, 2011
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Loss Is Hard Enough

Loss is hard enough, but when the environment won't or can't surround us in our loss with consistent comfort and useful resources, then it becomes even harder.  There's a term being used in the bereavement literature called complicated mourning or traumatic grief reaction.  These are often used interchangeably.  In my experience virtually all loss experiences are complicated and traumatic to a certain degree.  In any case, there are ways in which the natural grief process can get distorted,…See More
Oct 19, 2011
Jade Wood commented on David Fireman's blog post Communal Grief
"That's cool how small towns have that kind of support for each other..   Jade Wood Grief Counselling Auckland"
Jul 5, 2011
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Walking Through Grief--Together

Last Saturday, The Center for Grief Recovery hosted its first-ever fundraiser walk to celebrate 25 years of service to the bereavement community.  The day was hot, but there was a cool breeze off lake Michigan and the trees offered nice shade.  A group of 60+ people attended the walk, which began with welcoming remarks, a brief history of the Center and its mission, and an invocation by the Center's KC Conway, LCSW.  Before the walk commenced, participants were encouraged to engage in…See More
Jun 7, 2011
David Fireman's blog post was featured

Declaration of Values for Communal Grief

At the Center for Grief Recovery, we work primarily with individuals.  But individuals make up groups and groups make up communities.  These days we have both physical and virtual communities.  As the world around us continues to show signs of chaos, it seems increasingly important for places of coherence to come into being.  Place of coherence establish a sense of order, purpose, reliability, and predictability.  Perhaps we can think of community as a potential place of coherence.  In general,…See More
Jun 2, 2011
David Fireman posted a blog post

Declaration of Values for Communal Grief

At the Center for Grief Recovery, we work primarily with individuals.  But individuals make up groups and groups make up communities.  These days we have both physical and virtual communities.  As the world around us continues to show signs of chaos, it seems increasingly important for places of coherence to come into being.  Place of coherence establish a sense of order, purpose, reliability, and predictability.  Perhaps we can think of community as a potential place of coherence.  In general,…See More
Jun 1, 2011
David Fireman's blog post was featured

Communal Grief

We are born knowing how to grieve.  As children, we cry naturally to feel better, to let go of our pain, to release the burdens of pent-up emotions.  It helped us lessen the weight from our shoulders.  Positive expressions of grief are helpful to us.  It is the lack of such expression that leads to chronic tension and dissatisfaction in life and even aggression and violence. But there are actions we can take as a community to promote the healthy and safe expression of intense emotional…See More
Apr 21, 2011
David Fireman posted a blog post

Communal Grief

We are born knowing how to grieve.  As children, we cry naturally to feel better, to let go of our pain, to release the burdens of pent-up emotions.  It helped us lessen the weight from our shoulders.  Positive expressions of grief are helpful to us.  It is the lack of such expression that leads to chronic tension and dissatisfaction in life and even aggression and violence. But there are actions we can take as a community to promote the healthy and safe expression of intense emotional…See More
Apr 20, 2011
David Fireman's blog post was featured

Why Grief Counseling?

Many people wonder about grief counseling.  What is it?  Why should I do it?  It's hard enough to go through this with friends and family.  What's meeting with a professional going to do for me? We know that the searing pain of losing a loved one can be endured with the right kinds of support.  For example, studies show that children who lose a parent can and do make it through their trials when surrounded by other healthy adults who provide the needed functions of a caring, strong, supportive…See More
Apr 15, 2011

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New Free Resource at The Center for Grief Recovery

Posted on October 19, 2013 at 9:08am 0 Comments

Dear Reader,

In an effort to better serve clients, colleagues, and the general public, the Center for Grief Recovery (the Center) is providing this free website-based bibliographic resource to broaden and deepen your knowledge and access to grief recovery related materials. Our aim is to support, encourage, offer hope and guidance to anyone, free of charge, wrestling with the meaning of their lives and the lives of loved ones in the wake of loss.

Materials included have been…

Continue

Grief In The Workplace

Posted on November 18, 2012 at 8:51pm 0 Comments

At the Center for Grief Recovery, we often find that our services are needed in response to a sudden loss in the workplace. The following outline has been used to help groups cope with such situations. The ideas in it, however, are applicable to many different kinds of loss experiences.

STOP THE ACTION

The first step in dealing with a death in an institution or workplace is to stop the normal activities and reschedule so that employees can come together to share their thoughts…

Continue

Loss and Change in Bereavement Counseling

Posted on August 4, 2012 at 5:27pm 0 Comments

Grief comes in many different forms and in response to many kinds of losses. Sometimes an existential crisis occurs in the context of loss and grief. In addition to returning to their pre-loss functioning and what has been good and satisfying in the past, many clients find that grief counseling helps them reflect on areas of the self that may need fleshing out and development. For some individuals, loss can become a call for fuller development of their humanness. Since life truly is not the…

Continue

Sibling Loss

Posted on March 21, 2012 at 9:00am 0 Comments

In American society we suffer from long-standing patterns of anxiety and denial about death.  Perhaps as a result, in our grief and mourning processes, we’ve learned to cope with our powerful reactions with self-control and “strength.”  It seems we are socially conditioned to be stoic, to “move on,”  “get back to work,” “be strong.”  These habits severely limit our freedom to grieve naturally and openly for any loved one we’ve lost.…

Continue

Loss Is Hard Enough

Posted on October 19, 2011 at 10:00am 0 Comments

Loss is hard enough, but when the environment won't or can't surround us in our loss with consistent comfort and useful resources, then it becomes even harder.  There's a term being used in the bereavement literature called complicated mourning or traumatic grief reaction.  These are often used interchangeably.  In my experience virtually all loss experiences are complicated and traumatic to a certain degree.  In any case, there are ways in which the natural grief process can get distorted,… Continue

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At 7:59am on June 19, 2010, Susan W Reynolds said…
As a widow and now an individual creating practical ways to move forward through grief, acknowledging where we are now is enough, I have found that lists and charts and questions are too cumbersome. There is little clarity in grief. My outlook in recovery is in creating a supporting physical environment where you are and then the emotion will follow suit. Yes, it is a wave, but with a physical setting to support you, you can ride it like being on a surfboard... Okay sometimes you fall off, but your ankle is now tethered to something! Keep surfing! www.revivalredesign.com
At 2:59pm on June 8, 2010, David Fireman said…
Don't blame you a bit. How do you "get on" after your own child dies?! Probably one minute or breath at a time on some days.
At 2:38pm on June 8, 2010, sharon dorshimer said…
i'm sorry i didn't make myself clear,I MENT IT SUCKS THAT I HAVE TO TAKE A TEST TO SEE HOW I FEEL.everyone around me is worried how i am handeling my sons death that they are making me wonder myself.i am trying to get on,but some days i get myself stuck in this place i don't want to be.i feel anger,regret,anger,sadness,alone and crouded,then just sad.i am sorry,for not being clear.
 
 
 

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