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Dealing with Grief: Anger

When I started this series on dealing with grief at the beginning of the year, I didn’t realize just how much it would affect the year ahead. I had just lost my grandfather, a wonderful man who was truly a second father to me, and I knew that my life would forever be changed. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to write about grief and the various ways it shows up in our lives  ...

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Dealing with Grief: Depression

PLEASE NOTE: This post differs from the others in this series. It is stream of conscious and intended as insight into what if feels like to deal with chronic depression. I do not claim this to be everyone’s experiences with depressive grief. Nor do I claim to know how everyone can best deal with any form of grief, especially depression. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for any  ...
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Dealing with Grief: Denial

It has been far too long since I began the Grief Series, and denial is probably a big part of that! And by “probably,” I mean “definitely.” In January, my maternal grandfather passed away. Although our extended family has largely stayed connected through its matriarchs, this came as a major blow to us all. Dente (one of those weird nicknames given to him by a beloved granddaughter – cough –  ...

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Dealing with Grief: 6 Stages

Let’s talk about grief. When we experience health trauma – be it acute or chronic – our doctors tend to focus on prescribing medication and proscribing lifestyle changes to ease our physical symptoms. What they often overlook are the psychological effects of having your entire life turned upside down. But anyone who has experienced acute or chronic health trauma knows that  ...