Tag Archives: grief

Regrouping: what to do with yourself on the day after

We all have days that are off script, interruptions in our normal lives, when gravity is temporarily suspended.  Some exceptional moments are luscious: somebody we miss shows up unexpectedly; our candidate wins; some cosmic key turns, and we fall down … Continue reading

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What not to say to a grieving friend

Normally thoughtful, articulate people choke, when caught unprepared with a response to grief.  Every now and then, our friends catch us off guard with terrible news;  fortunately for us, most of us are out of practice with finding the right … Continue reading

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Grieving what has never been

Making peace with losing what we want to keep is hard.  We understand  impermanence in the abstract, but still, our hearts crave continuity.   The loss of a job, a relationship, or a loved one leads us to offer tender rituals … Continue reading

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If a pill could end your grief, would you take it?

Grief is a natural process that brings suffering.  So it has always been, when we lose someone or something with great personal meaning in our lives.  Mental health professionals have twisted themselves in a pretzel trying to figure out what … Continue reading

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Vulnerability, change, and the edge of the woods

The dark woods is a powerful image for the place of depression or  grief.   It feels solitary and disorienting, and we may have trouble finding a path leading out, in case we wanted one.   Sometimes it is lonely, in the … Continue reading

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