Nancy Weil is a leading authority on the relationship between humor and grief. She is the founder of The Laugh Academy and leads the world’s only laughter club held in a cemetery. As a Certified Funeral Celebrant, Nancy understands how humor can be used to aid the grieving process. A Certified Grief Management Specialist, she serves as Director of Grief Support for eleven cemeteries in western New York state. Her products include: Bandages for Your Heart, a DVD or CD that helps people get relief from the overwhelming pain that grief may bring; the CD Laugh for the Health of It, showing people how to add more humor into their lives; A Brief Exploration of Grief, available as a free download; and her new book, If Stress Doesn't Kill You, Your Family Might.
Much of the grieving process focuses on our loss. We miss our loved one so much that it hurts, and we wonder how we will ever make it through the pain. We spend time looking back at the past with regret and grow anxious as we anticipate a future without our loved one in it. We wonder how we will ever make it through the upcoming holiday, our…Continue
‘Tis the season of giving and receiving. Yet our grief keeps us from feeling like going out to the mall or taking the time and energy to find just the right present for our family member. Our tree may remain boxed this year and our lights still in their tangled mess of cords as we just try to make it through the day, much less the holidays. Still there is a gift you can give to your family more valuable than anything you can buy on the internet, more…Continue
I was speaking to a reporter about sudden death and how this type of grief differs from anticipated death. I explained that it was no better or worse, just different. No one is ever ready to say goodbye to someone they love, no matter the circumstances. Loss is hard and never invited into our lives. It comes to all, and our hearts yearn for what we can never have again – our loved one’s voice, touch, smile and laugh.…Continue
I read an article about a grief support group being held in an all boys high school. At a time of life when their greatest worry should be acne, girlfriends and homework, these boys all were struggling with the death of a parent. The very people we take for granted will be there for us when we get home from school or across the dinner table at night, had tragically left this world too soon. These young men who had to hold it together all day, were able to be vulnerable and show…Continue