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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…


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.


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…


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…


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.…


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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