Grief & Bereavement Issues

Introduction to Grief and Bereavement Issues

While it is true that people require “air, food, water, clothing, and shelter,” in order to survive, we must also add “relationships” to this list because it is a rare person who is able to thrive in the absence of intimate relationships with other people, places, and things.

Grief is the process and emotions that we experience when our important relationships are significantly interrupted or (more frequently) ended, either through death, divorce, relocation, theft, destruction, or some similar process. A related term, “bereavement”, has different meanings for different people, but all meanings refer to the grieving process. While some view bereavement as a specific subtype of grief that occurs when a loved one (usually a spouse) dies, others think of the term as referring to the period of time during which grief is felt and losses are dealt with.

Grief & Bereavement Issues — In The News
Health Tip: Is It Grief or Depression? Jan 8, 2015

(HealthDay News) -- A major loss, such as the death of a family member, can trigger feelings of grief. But being clinically depressed is different. So, how can you tell which is which? The American Academy of Family Physicians explains: Grief can last from six weeks to eight weeks before... Read More


How to Help Someone Grieving in the Holiday Season Nov 28, 2014

FRIDAY, Nov. 28, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Holiday joy can be lost on someone grieving the death of a loved one. But supportive family and friends can help the bereaved cope with this difficult period, experts say. "One of the best ways to help those who are grieving during... Read More


'Exposure Therapy' May Relieve Prolonged Grief Disorder Oct 23, 2014

THURSDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Reliving the death of a loved one may help people with prolonged grief disorder, a new study suggests. Exposure therapy, as this approach is called, appears to help survivors struggling with prolonged grief better than another type of therapy alone, the study found... Read More


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Weblog Entries
Let The Tears Flow: Crying Is The Ultimate Healer May 4, 2015

Long ago I came to believe that grieving is impossible unless you can experience your own pain and if you can’t feel your own pain, it is almost impossible to... Read More


How Social Media And Texting Actually Help The Grief Process Jul 18, 2014

I have been one of the fiercest critics of America’s fixation with electronic devices. In an age where adults and children of all walks of life have their heads... Read More


The Vortex Of Violence: The Columbia Mall Shooting And Beyond Feb 4, 2014

To paraphrase “Ol Blue Eyes,” If it can happen here…it can happen anywhere! The Columbia Mall shooting has a personal cast for me. Not only do I... Read More