Catastrophic Thinking

crazy

People who grieve sometimes respond to “normal events” with catastrophic thinking, a psychological term used to describe when a small event provokes thoughts of a dire conclusion. Your daughter is late, so you fear she has been in an accident. You feel a pain and suddenly you know it is cancer. … [Read more...]

Community

SwanFinal

All who suffer a loss through death do so in a community. Your community may be small or large. Your community may meet your needs for support, or it may withdraw sooner than you wish. How your community responds to you becomes part of your story of loss. You may need additional support outside … [Read more...]

Grief and the Holidays

Rockwell-freedom from wantsmallcrop

Those who mourn often wish they could avoid this time of year. They wish they could start a nap before Thanksgiving and wake up in January. The holidays create a collision between cultural expectations of celebration and the personal reality of sorrow. If your loved one died during the holiday … [Read more...]

Grief and Depression Part 2

Christmas candle bokeh with multiple flames but focus to the buring wick of only one candle with copyspace

Grief and depression can intersect in ways that cause confusion for those who mourn. It can be difficult for mourners to know if they are also depressed during their time of sorrow. •    Some who grieve may have experienced depression prior to their loss or are already depressed at the time of … [Read more...]

Grief and Depression Part 1

Sometimes you need a hand to hold

There has been much debate in the mental health profession through the years about the differences and similarities between grief and depression. Changes in eating and sleeping, low energy, decreased concentration and decreased pleasure are true for both grief and depression. How are grief and … [Read more...]

Care, Not Cure

IMG_5681smaller

The Journal of the American Medical Association reported several years ago that if an individual continues to experience the stages of grief after six months and has not reached the final stage of acceptance, they should consider getting an evaluation and possible treatment. A summary of this … [Read more...]