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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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How hospices can save hospitals - Telegraph

How hospices can save hospitals - Telegraph | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
We should stop treating death as an illness to improve end-of-life care
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This article from England, discusses a major issue that is becoming a world wide issue as the elderly population becomes larger.  Death is not an issue for hospitals, but for hospices and better care for the end stages of life.  Hospices can be a great service to hospitals in not only teaching philosophy but also in reducing over crowding in hospitals

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Blog: When the Family Pet Dies: Tips for Parents

Blog: When the Family Pet Dies:  Tips for Parents | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
One of our family cats died not too long ago. My daughter is 3 and really could care less about the cats. They're old and not too interesting to her. Explaining the cat's death to her was pretty easy, but for many parents helping their children deal with the loss of a family pet can be quite stressful. ...
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Some good tips for parents when dealing with the death of the family tip.  This can be a painful moment but also one that helps children prepare for life and its many losses.

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New Jersey first State to have Bill signed into Law for Children’s Grief Awareness Day! | National Alliance for Grieving Children

New Jersey first State to have Bill signed into Law for Children’s Grief Awareness Day! | National Alliance for Grieving Children | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
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A good article about the need for all adults to recognize the grief of children.  New Jersey has made a step in the right direction signing into a law a day dedicated to child grief.

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A Grief That Won’t Heal

A Grief That Won’t Heal | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Everyone mourns differently after an intense loss—but for some people, the sadness becomes impossible to move beyond.On Feb. 20, 2004, Stephanie Muldberg lost her 13-year-old son, Eric, to bone cancer. On Jan. 17, 2009, Nancy Bridewell’s longtime partner, Robert (“Chris”) Christensen, died suddenly of a massive stroke. Years later, both women remained mired in bereavement, [...]
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A good article on the reality of complicated Grief.  While only 10 percent can manifest this, it still is a huge problem considering everyone grieves who has ever existed.  With 10 percent of the entire possible human race susceptible, we can see the necessity as counselors, especially grief counselors, to identify it.  This article does a great job of identifying it and explaining it

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Getting Grief Right

Getting Grief Right | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Don’t believe what you hear about closure and “stages” of mourning.
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A good article about a woman who lost a child.  Many of us think we are in a depression and wondering why we do not recover.  We analyze what we are doing wrong.  The simple fact is loss hurts.  Even up to a year, we may still suffer extremely.  It is extremely important not to over analyze our grief but to experience it and allow our healing to take place.  We will always feel some sadness but the initial year of an extreme loss will haunt us if we do not just allow our emotions to be felt and not analyzed.

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People in crisis often don’t seek help

People in crisis often don’t seek help | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Stephen Mingham is said to have been overwhelmed by his domestic circumstances. Detectives investigating the murder-suicide at the Minghams’ Modesto home may never know what sparked the slaying. But some believe the violence might have been prevented if Mingham had sought help for his troubles.
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This is a sad reality.  Imagine if more people with addiction issues, or severe grief, or great stress looked for help?  This article looks at this need and how first responders deal with those on the crisis hotlines.

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Bereavement Counseling Education: 2015 Without You - AIHCP Health Care BlogAIHCP Health Care Blog

Bereavement Counseling Education: 2015 Without You - AIHCP Health Care BlogAIHCP Health Care Blog | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
This article looks at the pain of moving on in the New Year without a loved one. It offers bereavement counseling education to those suffering from this
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The sadness of losing someone is a reality for many this 2015 as they try to recover from the loss of 2014.  The New Year should be seen with optimism but also realism.  There will be good days and bad days, but also time for growth with others.  Learning to understand also that the bond is never broken but only altered.

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Little things that helped us survive our miscarriage

Little things that helped us survive our miscarriage | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Coping with a miscarriage is difficult but here are a few things that helped us survive those hard days.
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A woman of faith shares her grief and coping strategies over the miscarriage of her baby.  She lists her faith but also other helpful techniques for any family suffering this type of loss

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Opinion: A final gift: Talking about end-of-life issues with aging parents

Opinion: A final gift: Talking about end-of-life issues with aging parents | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
We want our parents to answer life-and-death questions before they develop a serious condition that leaves them unable to communicate or make coherent decisions
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These are the scariest but most important conversations.  It allows both sides to convey feelings but also lay out guidelines. It can also remove potential guilt.

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UVa Study: Hand-Holding During Stressful Situations May Benefit Physical and Psychological Health

UVa Study: Hand-Holding During Stressful Situations May Benefit Physical and Psychological Health | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
UVa researchers are taking a closer look at the benefits of hand-holding and the effects of social interaction during the holiday season.
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It is sometimes amazing how overlooked simple gestures of human kindness are in regards to grief and stress of others.  This article looks at how simple hand holding can help others with stress or grief

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Dying and profits: The evolution of hospice

Dying and profits: The evolution of hospice | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
A Post analysis found that patient care suffers despite claims of greater accessibility and efficiency.
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While for profit Hospice has helped patient care because of more investment in technology and more opportunity for hospice for patients, it also has shortcomings that some of the traditional religious based hospices do not experience.  Namely it is a business.  This article looks at some issues that are lacking in for profit hospices that view money over the patient.

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Hugs help protect against stress, infection, say researchers

Hugs help protect against stress, infection, say researchers | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Researchers tested whether hugs act as a form of social support, protecting stressed people from getting sick. They found that greater social support and more frequent hugs protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms.
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The simplicity of a hug and social support has amazing power in helping the depressed and stressed ward off stress induced infection.  This article looks at research that points to this simply social act of caring.

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Hugs enhance our feelings of wellbeing and we all need that in times of duress, but hugs help us feel stable and a part of something bigger than ourselves. Hugs help to regulate our emotions and reduce anxiety levels.  So go on, give someone a hug today, and just quietly notice what happens to you, and then spread that feeling .

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The Utility of Laughter in Times of Grief

The Utility of Laughter in Times of Grief | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Among the kinds of coping you expect to see from a griever, the reaction that seems to surprise people the most is humor. At a time when one expects to feel only extreme sadness and somber reverence they find themselves laughing nervously or making a joke. There’s a dissonance within the person and they wonder, ‘Why ...
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Believe it or not, during the bereavement period, people can laugh.  Laughter can serve as a defense mechanism as well as a time to let the body heal from the pain it has been experiencing.  This article looks at the value of laughter during the bereavement period

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Dying joyfully

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I am writing about death and dying—more specifically about dying joyfully. A contradiction in terms, right? But is that really the case? Is there really no
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An interesting aspect that many people never are able to grasp.  This article looks at some of the philosophy of Elisabeth Kubler Ross and the understanding of the dignity of a good death and a healthy respect for it as part of life.

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Guiding Your Child Through Grief is About Remembering, Not “Getting Over it”

Guiding Your Child Through Grief is About Remembering, Not “Getting Over it” | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
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A good article about helping a child grieve.  It lists a variety of resources as well as helpful tips on helping a child.  The key is in the title.  Getting over grief is not the answer, but how we remember it and adapt to it.

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Grief over the loss of a pet need not be a burden carried alone

Grief over the loss of a pet need not be a burden carried alone | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Their names were Bandar and Pixel. When they died, Bandar in 2013 and Pixel in 2014, Linda Schenk of Towson was shaken. She had owned both cats for 15 years. They'd been with her through a move to California and back home to Baltimore and a marriage, and their deaths left her sad and bereft.
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The loss of a pet is painful and it is a burden that is becoming more and more accepted within society as a legitimate loss.  With more support groups, more counselors and others who share in the loss, Pet Loss Grief Counseling is a reality.

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On Grieving Fully What Broke

On Grieving Fully What Broke | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Lately I've been feeling a deep tenderness about us humans in this world, grappling with our many losses; contemplating how we come to live in wholeness with the undeniably broken pieces of our lives?...
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A good article on the grief and loss of a family through divorce.  So many times we focus on loss of a loved one via death, and do not give enough focus on divorced couples and the loss and change they experience.  This article looks at this loss and also looks at the adaptation needed to move on

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Tomorrows nursing homes must integrate palliative care

Tomorrows nursing homes must integrate palliative care | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Palliative care, a form of patientcentered care focused on quality of life for the seriously ill, should be the standard of practice for all elderly patients with complex illness in nursing homes.
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A good article about the necessity for many nursing home patients receiving Palliative Care.  It is a trend that must be introduced into many nursing homes to offer the best care to their residents.  Unlike hospice, Palliative Care looks to treat and possibly prolong life.

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Yoga: A Treatment for Grief? - US News

Yoga: A Treatment for Grief? - US News | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
The practice may help people heal from the inside and out when coping with loss.
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An interesting article about the benefits of Yoga and how it can possibly help some with grief.  The article notes that the practice can help people heal from the inside out when coping with a loss.

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Major depression in the national comorbidity survey

Major depression in the national comorbidity survey | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
A recent study underscores the important public health significance of depression among U.S. adolescents. Mental disorders are the leading cause of years lived with disability worldwide with 40.5% of this burden attributable to major depression. In adolescence, rates of depression increase substantially between 13 and 18 years of age, and the estimated cumulative incidence in this population approximates the adult lifetime prevalence rate, experts report.
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Major depression issues among teens is a growing problem.  This article looks at statistics of depression among adolescents and teens.  One astounding fact is that mental disorders are leading cause of years lived with disability.  Depression is one such thing that needs addressed, especially among teens

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Grief and Facebook: the good, the bad and the ugly - What's Your Grief

Grief and Facebook: the good, the bad and the ugly - What's Your Grief | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
As you may have heard, last week Facebook apologized for the pain that their Year in Review algorithm caused more than just a few grievers.  If you have no idea why Facebook needed to apologize, you can check out the original post that brought attention to this issue.  The long and short is this: Facebook created a ...
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An indepth of the good, bad and ugly regarding grief and social media, particularly Facebook.  Whether we like it or not, we live in the age of social media and this article looks at many aspects of grief and social media.

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Learning to Live Again After Losing a Child

Learning to Live Again After Losing a Child | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
No parent ever completely recovers from the loss of a child. After all, this child was part of you and when your child dies, it forever alters the way in which you define your past, your present and your future....
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The most horrific grief and worst thing to imagine happens to parents.  The lost of a child is unbearable scar that many face.  This article looks at this tragic loss and how parents cope and learn to live again

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Hospice, Inc. - The Huffington Post

Hospice, Inc. - The Huffington Post | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Top Offending Hospices Rarely Punished, Even When Lives Are Threatened
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With many more hospices involved as profit companies, sometimes care is less than ideal because numbers become more important than patients.  While I do not wish to throw every profit hospice under the bus because good caregivers do exist in this organizations, I think it is important to note that many hospices are dropping the ball so to speak.  This article looks at many of the issues involved with Hospices who are guilty of malpractice but escape

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Pet hospice, a new aspect of veterinary medicine, helps loved ones on final journey

Pet hospice, a new aspect of veterinary medicine, helps loved ones on final journey | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Karen Coradi is celebrating her first Christmas season in 20 years without her beloved cat Dakota. The elderly feline was euthanized in her arms at ...
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A great idea for one's pet which I hope we see grow is Pet Hospice services provided by the vet.  This helps the dog have less anxiety and can allow him or her to die in the comfort of home.  Ridiculous?  If you love your pet like family, then this is far from ridiculous.

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Communicating With the Bereaved

Communicating With the Bereaved | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Death is an inevitable part of life and it’s something we will all experience. Even if we understand that death is unavoidable or we anticipate the death of a…
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A short article on how to connect with the bereaved who need some space but still need your support.  This article lists some ways you can communicate in a non invasive way and still show you care.

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