June 2011 Blog Posts (84)

The Messiness of Coping

Several days ago I had a birthmark removed from the side of my head. While the chances of it becoming cancerous are relatively small, the dermatologist was concerned because I turn forty later this year and the incidence of cancer in these particular birthmarks goes up at that point. Although my hair covers up the shaved spot and my Franken-girl stitches, I didn’t sleep that first night. Everything was turned around from my usual routine. I had to sleep on one side the entire night, they…

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Added by Michelle Rusk (Linn-Gust) on June 2, 2011 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Reverse Psycology on God by a 14 Year-Old Boy

I was remembering taking Timmy to see Transformers-2 midnight show. We got to the theater too late and it was sold out. We made a mad dash to another theater and along the way Timmy kept saying "I hope it’s sold out."…

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Added by Martin Connors on June 2, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

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…

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Added by David Fireman on June 1, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Watching Televison and Tim's Compassion

When Tim was an infant, there were the few weekends or the days in mid-week that I was off from work.  Gigi would feed him and I would sometimes have him lie on my chest and burp him.  Sometimes he would just fall asleep and pop his head up at the slightest sound.  On the weekends, wither it was Saturday or Sunday, Tim would lie on my chest as I rubbed his back.  I would…

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Added by Martin Connors on June 1, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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