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Many life changes involve loss, and we grieve the endings in our lives.

Some of the most painful losses we experience are the deaths of loved ones. Grief is a natural, active process during which we experience intense feelings, revisit memories, and adjust to life without the loved one. There is no one “right” way to grieve, no timetable; and the ups and downs during grieving can be unpredictable. The support of family and friends is more important than ever during times of grief and loss.

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The Visitor

Aeschylus wrote: “What is there more kindly than the feeling between host and guest?”

Communicating with the Deceased

Suppose you speak with a neighbor who tells you that she has weekly discussions with her deceased mother.

Positive Emotions: Do They Have a Role in the Grieving Process?

Research on grief has focused primarily on negative emotions, such as depression, anger, anxiety, and guilt.  But what about positive emotions, such as gratitude, pride, hope, and love?

Transforming your pain into a gift for others

A woman I’ll call “Sasha” was referred to me by her primary care physician after her 12-year-old daughter died suddenly of unknown causes.

Getting Through the Holidays: Advice from the Bereaved

The signs of the holiday season are ubiquitous:  holiday decorations in the stores, piped in Christmas carols, holiday displays at the malls, TV programs focusing on selecting the perfect gift, holiday parties and gift exchanges at work.

Offering Support to the Bereaved: What to Say and Do

Have you ever been in the following situation?  You learn that a family member or close friend has lost a loved one.

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The Price of Being Human

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Kay Redfield Jamison, a clinical psychologist and writer, talks about losing her husband of twenty...

Born on a Sunny Day

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Katie Couric, the anchor of CBS Evening News, shares her personal story of losing her...

A Special Emotion

 Your browser does not support the video tag. Dr. Nicholas Christakis, talks about the uniquely personal nature of grief.

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