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Pet Loss Support Group Allows Owners to Grieve

Pet Loss Support Group Allows Owners to Grieve | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Society may minimize the loss of a pet, but Gulfside Regional Hospice is looking to raise awareness.
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Grieving over the death of a pet is hard.   It is a very emotional time.   Losing a pet is just like losing a family member.    That is why there are pet loss support groups available to help.   Some of society might minimize this loss, so it is our job to raise awareness. 

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Tera Hamby's comment, June 26, 2013 10:46 AM
A few years ago we lost 3 dogs that had been in our lives for almost 2 decades, in a short period of time and we were absolutely devastated. The only things that really kept us going was the support we got from online groups and their members who had gone through the same grieving process with their own pets.
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Physical symptoms of depression often manifest after ICU stay

Depression affects more than 1 in 3 survivors of critical illness, according to a study, and the majority of patients experience their symptoms physically rather than emotionally.
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Being alert after a patient's ICU stay can also help patients from developing depression.  Many patients after an ICU stay can develop physical symptoms of depression and may need observed.

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Barriers to end-of-life care discussions identified

Barriers to end-of-life care discussions identified | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Two issues emerged among experts in a discussion around barriers to end of life care: Conversations about death and dying need to be normalized so that people can be more comfortable having advance care planning discussions within families before there's a crisis. And, clinicians need more training to be highly skilled and sensitive communicators.
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Two primary barriers exist when it comes to end of life discussions with patients.  First the weirdness and uncomfort of death discussion and second, the inability of many doctors to be able to express and communicate death issues

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By Sharing Death on the Web, Dying May Not Feel So Alone

By Sharing Death on the Web, Dying May Not Feel So Alone | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
When terminal illness is chronicled for all the world to witness, the end of life takes on new meaning
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Ideas on death and dying are more universally seen in personal cases now due to the advances in social media and how it has become a staple in American culture.   This can broaden the conversation about death and dying and expose what used to be a private thing and make it more public and known to those who seek to avoid discussing it

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The Role of the Acute Stress Response in Grief

The Role of the Acute Stress Response in Grief | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
I want you to think about the worst moment of your life.  When was it?   What was happening?  Personally, I can think of two. When I found out my mother had terminal cancer. The morning my father called me at an abnormally early hour to tell me my older brother had been in a ...
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An excellent article that looks how individuals respond to traumatic news.  With any sad or bad news, within the the first minutes, our body has an acute stress response, in grief this has been researched via Kubler Ross, Worden, Rando, etc.  The flight or fight mechanism in our body.  This article looks deeper into these ideas.

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64 Children's Books About Death and Grief - What's Your Grief

64 Children's Books About Death and Grief - What's Your Grief | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
When grief hits a family, children often become the focus – how to talk to them about death, how to recognize if they are grieving ‘normally’, how to create open communication and dialogue. etc.  When we ask adults what they need in their grief often their first response is what they need for their children. ...
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Good article listing 64 books about death and grief for children.  Children can utilize these books to prepare or learn from an experience what death and grief are.

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Planning For End Of Life Costs

Planning For End Of Life Costs | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
The last few months are usually more expensive than the preceding years, and unexpected long-term care events and uncovered medical services can easily wipe out savings and inheritances.
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With death being so unpredictable, we should be planning ahead for end of life costs.  Whether chronic or sudden, we should consider how our last moments will be spent.  We ideally think it will be due to old age, so with this in mind, we should plan accordingly so that our final days are planned and we are prepared.

This is especially true with the potential need of hospice.

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6 Keys to Cultivate Dignity at the End of Your Life

6 Keys to Cultivate Dignity at the End of Your Life | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
By working now to develop some coping skills for pain management, heal your close relationships, find meaning in your life, and learn to let go of your expectations, you can influence your own mental, emotional and spiritual well-being at the end-of-...
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A short article that discusses the holistic and total aspect of death and how one can cultivate and maintain dignity at the time of death.

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8 Reasons Why Winter is the Worst (for grievers)

8 Reasons Why Winter is the Worst (for grievers) | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
What’s cold, icy, really uncomfortable, and sometimes makes you sad? Gosh darn winter, that’s what. You can spare me your affinity for skiing, fresh fallen snow and curling up by a warm fire because I will swiftly counter with wet socks, slush, and lack of sunlight.   Sure winter has its moments, but for some its ...
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An excellent article on Winter and those who are going through the grieving process.  This article looks over 8 reasons why winter is the worst for grievers.

If you are grieving, see what relates and see if you can help yourself in regards to some of the issues that may be affecting you beyond the grief

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“I Won’t Let You Suffer.” Three Things a Doctor Can Do for a Dying Patient.

“I Won’t Let You Suffer.” Three Things a Doctor Can Do for a Dying Patient. | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
The concept of a “good death” might seem like an oxymoron—how could anything about dying be good?—but you only need to watch someone die badly to recognize that dying well is not only a valid goal but also a surprisingly hard one to achieve. Advances in medical technology have made...
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For the terminally ill, few are blessed with a pastoral doctor.  This article looks at three things a doctor can do to help the dying have a good death.

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Tips For Caregivers On Dealing With Grief and Loss

Tips For Caregivers On Dealing With Grief and Loss | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
As there will be some special days that make it painful, you can plan ahead. If you have recently lost your father, than make sure you're with supportive individuals on his birthday, or on Father's Day. You will want to surround yourself with people ...
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This article presents a take on the grief and stressed experienced by caregivers.

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Report Reveals Airline Pet Fatalities and Injuries While Traveling

Report Reveals Airline Pet Fatalities and Injuries While Traveling | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Despite the headlines, the latest Department of Transportation figures confirm that pet travel is overwhelmingly safe.
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What a sad thing to discover if you lose, injure or have a pet die during a flight.  This article gives some important tips for travelers if they wish to keep their cat or dog safe on a flight

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The two words most doctors avoid saying: You're dying

The two words most doctors avoid saying: You're dying | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
There is one word most doctors hate to say: Dying.
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Another article about the hard times healthcare professionals encounter with dealing with the human element of dying and what is perceived as a failure on their end in keeping the 'machine' running.  This continues to be an issue and something pastoral care and Pastoral Thanatology hopes to rectify in this century.

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‘Complicated’ Grief After Losing A Loved One Poses Serious Health Risks

‘Complicated’ Grief After Losing A Loved One Poses Serious Health Risks | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Losing a loved one naturally results in grief. The feelings can vary from person to person, but common feelings are those of sadness, emptiness, or even
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The dangers of complicated grief and the inability for a person to adapt to the loss in a healthy and conducive way poses mental and physical health risks.  Immediate help is definitely needed in these cases

Grief counselors who are also licensed counselors can help treat complicated grief, while certified grief counselors who are not licensed can refer their patients to licensed counselors to deal with complicated grief.

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How to deal with postpartum depression

How to deal with postpartum depression | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Postpartum depression manifests itself with anxiety, feelings of worthlessness, fatigue and/or lack of interest. The depressive disorder takes place following the birth of a baby. It is treatable through prescribed medications, therapy and time.
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Good article on the symptoms of postpartum depression and how to overcome it.   Many women after child birth will become depressed and grief counselors and clinical counselors should be aware of this

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Death in India: 8 Things to Help You Deal With Unresolved Grief

Death in India: 8 Things to Help You Deal With Unresolved Grief | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
I've always wanted to visit India and had an opportunity last month when my husband and I spent two weeks touring Rajasthan, the largest state in northern India. We started with the majestic Taj Mahal, located in Agra. The Taj, as it is commonly know...
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A look at India culture and death. In this case, the author focuses on the death of a father and the grief that follows especially in Indian culture.

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Grief Healing: Religion and Spirituality in Grief

Grief Healing: Religion and Spirituality in Grief | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
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A good article about spirituality and grief.  There are good thoughts about how spirituality can have harmful affects on grieving as well when it is misused.

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The Unprecedented Nature of Individual Grief

The Unprecedented Nature of Individual Grief | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
If I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard someone say they like ambiguity, I’d be pretty broke.  Studies show that making ambiguous decisions (based on little or conflicting evidence) actually activates areas of the brain associated with processing fear and emotion; thus proving that fear of the unknown is more than just an ominous ...
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Good article reminding us that grief while a empirical study based upon group studies of people and how they socially and emotionally react to loss, is still nonetheless a very individual experience.  To completely classify it, while important, still can be disastrous when dealing with an individual.

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How to help kids cope with the loss of a pet

How to help kids cope with the loss of a pet | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
One of the most difficult parts of losing a family pet is breaking the news to the kids.Choose a private place to tell the kids about the loss where they feel safe to express emotions. Base the amount of details you share about the situation on their age and let their questions be your guide. Check out these tips for helping kids understand and cope with the loss of a furry family member.
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Helping children cope with the loss of a pet can be difficult.  The loss of a friend is difficult but it is important we communicate to children in concrete terms as not to confuse them.  We have to in a gentle way let them know the pet is no longer alive.  This article lists some ways to help you better do this

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How we face the last stage of life

How we face the last stage of life | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
When told that she would be serving her internship at FairHoPe, a nursing student wasn’t too thrilled. She said when she first found out where her assignment would be many thoughts ran through her mind. And none of them were good.
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Good article about how we will face the last stage of our life.  Will death be viewed as a medical event or a natural and spiritual event?  Where do we wish to die if it is in our hands?  The home or the hospital?

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4 reasons hospice, palliative care gaining momentum

4 reasons hospice, palliative care gaining momentum | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
A recent study took the healthcare industry to task for failing to provide adequate end-of-life planning and reduce patient suffering, yet there may be hope amid the gloom thanks to an increased emphasis on hospice and palliative care, futurist Ian Morrison, Ph.D., writes in an opinion piece for Hospitals & Health
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A good article why hospice and palliative care are two types of care that are gaining momentum for seniors or those faced with terminal illness.

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Infertility: navigating your 'disenchanted' grief

Infertility: navigating your 'disenchanted' grief | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
When couples acknowledge that they are experiencing a crisis in their relationship, or a disconnect in how they envisioned their life together, they can begin to understand their feelings and cope with them in healthy ways.
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This is seen as a disenfranchised grief because many see it not as a loss that existed but an inability to have.  Yet there is a potential loss that is not recognized.  Grief Counselors need to recognize the grief and frustrations of infertility.

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Unrelenting grief could make the bereaved ill - HT Health

Unrelenting grief could make the bereaved ill - HT Health | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
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This article looks at how complicated grief can have damaging effected on the bereaved in regards to their physical health. 

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Is the Internet Helping Americans Talk About Death?

Is the Internet Helping Americans Talk About Death? | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Oliver Sacks is dying. The beloved neurologist wrote an incredibly clear-eyed piece about his diagnosis for the New York Times, which speaks in honest, direct language about the way he wants to exi...
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The internet does provide social services and communication for those who experience the pain of death.  From blogs to special sites dedicated to death and grief, a virtually support system has opened up

This article looks at the internet and its impact on talking about death

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Understanding Avoidance in Grief

Understanding Avoidance in Grief | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Avoidance is an important concept for grievers to understand.  Some of you may remember we briefly touched on this subject when we discussed avoidance coping vs. taking a break from grief.  Although this post made an important distinction, it didn’t seek to explain avoidance and the ways in which this type of coping might impact one’s experience and behavior ...
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When to avoid and when not to avoid things that remind us of loss and grief.   This article looks at avoidance and when it can help and when it cannot help during the grieving process.

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8 Tips for Coping With the Death of a Parent

8 Tips for Coping With the Death of a Parent | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
However, just because the death of a parent is common place and is the natural order of things, this does not mean a person can or should be expected to simply and quickly bounce back....
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The loss of a parent is a painful thing most of us must endure in our life because of the natural order.  This does not make it any easier or acceptable to us.  It is a loss that forever leaves a scar until we are reunited with them in the afterlife

For children, this is especially traumatic and life altering.

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