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Stages of Grief

Arriving At The 'Getting Used To' Phase 9 Months After My Spouse's Death

Laurie Burrows Grad | Posted 05.02.2016 | Fifty
Laurie Burrows Grad

The blow of widowhood is so stunning that it floors the best of us, and surprises even the most prepared. How can one be prepared for the loss of a love? Grief is so shocking that all you can do when it hits is function minute to minute.

5 Stages of Breakup Grief

Bernie Lautrette | Posted 11.20.2015 | Divorce
Bernie Lautrette

You may lose all reason, do senseless things or generally feel like shit. And it's all ok. Because when a relationship ends, it's only natural to go through the 5 stages of breakup grief.

Burying the Stigma of Mental Illness

Heather Rorrer | Posted 05.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Heather Rorrer

When the death of a loved one is suicide, or any facet of mental illness is involved, there's a stage in the grieving process psychologists don't list: stigma. Survivors bear the stigma of survival. Even as friends gather to sympathize, you sense an unspoken undertone: Surely you knew something.

A New Look at the 7 Emotional States of Loss

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

Even though people grieve in many individual ways and need different types of support, there are common feelings and behaviors that most people exhibit in a continuum. I found that emotional states after the loss of a spouse had enough similarities that they were worth examining further.

Accepting and Embracing Grief: A Road to Healing

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

It seems that everywhere we look these days, we see news clips about one catastrophe or another. When we are faced with so many saddening facts and stressful events, how can we help ourselves and our loved ones heal?

The 2012 Election And The 5 Stages Of Grief

Donna Red Wing | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Donna Red Wing

According to the Kübler-Ross Grief Cycle, when we experience trauma or change, we go through five stages of grief -- denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance. Clearly, the ultra-conservative right is passing through that first stage.

Stages of Grief: Storm Edition

Grown And Flown | Posted 01.08.2013 | Fifty
Grown And Flown

We now recognize obsession as one of the classic and final stages of grief (storm-wise) as we try to will the Con Edison trucks to head to our neighborhoods.

6 Surefire Ways To Get Over Your Ex

Mark Banschick, MD | Posted 01.07.2013 | Divorce
Mark Banschick, MD

You've been dumped. It feels like hell, and you don't know what to do. What will it take to get over a nasty affair, or worse, an unexpected divorce? And will you or your kids make it

Grief Echoes: A Pastor Reflects on Death and Remembering

Lillian Daniel | Posted 08.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Lillian Daniel

When death hits us, we are never prepared. Even when we know the end is near, when we can see the storm on the horizon, when it hits, it still feels like a tsunami.

Redefining the 5 Stages of Grief

Claire Bidwell Smith | Posted 07.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Claire Bidwell Smith

Only you know what path you need to take toward healing, and whether you accomplish this using every one of the five stages, shunning books about grief or never missing a session of your bereavement group, the key will consistently be to listen to yourself.

Getting Older Without My Mother

Wendy Litner | Posted 07.03.2012 | Women
Wendy Litner

While my mother no longer knows me, she needn't be here to love me.

How To Help Teenagers After A Parent Dies

The Huffington Post | Susan Stiffleman, HuffPost Parent Coach | Posted 02.13.2012 | Parents

First there was the tragic news that Whitney Houston had been found dead in her hotel room. Immediately my thoughts went to her teenage daughter, Bobb...

Losing and Regaining My Sense of Being

Robert D. Stolorow | Posted 02.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert D. Stolorow

When my traumatized states could not find a hospitable relational home or context of human understanding, I became deadened, and my world became dulled. When such a home became once again present, I came alive, and the vividness of my world returned.