• Self-Care: Telling Your Story

    September 8, 2016

    One of the things that has been the most helpful for me was to finally tell my story. Everywhere I could. I told it to my friends, I told it to my co-workers, I told it to strangers, I told it to fellow congregants at church. And every time I did, someone cried. Sometimes it…

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  • Diagnosis: Grief? (Part III)

    September 5, 2016

    In Diagnosis: Grief? and Diagnosis: Grief? (Part II) I wrote about the proposal to remove the bereavement exclusion from the diagnostic information for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV). All of the proposed changes have been reviewed and the final decisions have been made as to what…

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  • Self Care: Surviving the Holidays

    August 25, 2016

    It seems impossible, but the winter holidays are upon us. Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away! The prospect of the holidays can be daunting if you’ve lost a child or if you’re aching to share the holidays with a child you’re dreaming will one day join your family. I was very nervous about the…

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  • Self Care: Exercise

    August 15, 2016

      I know all too well how easy it can be to plop yourself on the couch with the TV, computer or book as your escape, your way to spend your free time. When you’re grieving or hurting, mourning the loss or the baby that may or may not ever be, it frequently feels good…

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  • Self Care: Support Groups

    August 2, 2016

    I was convinced that support groups weren’t for me. I completed my grief counseling and I had the support of a Stephen Minister, a lay caregiver trained through our church. I had all the help I needed, I thought. But I didn’t realize that something was missing.  I had been referred to a support group…

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  • Self Care: Welcoming Happiness

    July 28, 2016

    The moments when I began to feel happy again during my grief journey took me by surprise. Whether it was an evening out with friends, or goofing around with my boys, happiness started to slowly seep back into a life that was so black and cold. But why would happiness be so disconcerting, especially when…

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  • Current Events: Aurora and Child Loss

    July 25, 2016

    It’s been a few weeks since the shooting in Aurora, Colorado. Unfortunately, there are now dozens of grieving parents who have joined one of the world’s lousiest clubs. Most of those children killed were  teenagers  or young adults. But there was an exception. A 6-year-old girl, Veronica Moser-Sullivan, was killed. In addition, a 3-month-old was…

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