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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 7:46 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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The Extraordinary Ordinary Life and Death of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

The Extraordinary Ordinary Life and Death of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Ten years ago this month, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross died. She was the world's foremost expert on death and grief, yet she was the most alive person I've ever met. She was my mentor, my co-author of two books and my friend....
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An excellent look at the life of Elisabeth Kubler Ross, a pioneer in the study of grief and dying.  Her life's work dealt with terminally ill patients and the stages of grief.  She was not only a great academic but also a great lover of humanity who shared her kindness to all she encountered.

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Daily Meditation: Losing A Pet

Daily Meditation: Losing A Pet | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.

Today's meditation features a poem to help ease th...
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The loss of a pet is sad for many people.   It is even more sad when people do not understand the pain.  This article talks about the loss of a pet and how important they are to us

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People cope with impending death in different ways

People cope with impending death in different ways | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
A dying person needs to feel the weight of love as it balances the weight of death.
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This is an issue for many terminally ill patients and the families of the patient.  The awaiting period of death.  It allows one to prepare but it can also be a drain on every emotion.  Pastoral care givers and hospice are perfect ways to help alleviate this pain.

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Grief | Counseling Today

Grief | Counseling Today | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
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An excellent article by our very own Helen Nieves who serves as one of board members.  In this article Nieves looks at the issues of complicated grief.

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How to Create a Widow's 'In Memoriam' for Her Late Husband

How to Create a Widow's 'In Memoriam' for Her Late Husband | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Q. I’d like to run an in memoriam for my late husband in the newspaper obituary section. Is there any time limit?  (My husband died four years ago.)  What shou…
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A good article on how to write  a Memoriam.  Many of us may wish to remember a loved one from the past.  Love is eternal and never dies, so our memories should not either.

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Grief Is Not Broken

Grief Is Not Broken | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Grief is not broken, and it doesn't need fixing. Maybe that's why people are so scared of grief, because the word "broken" is used so often. Broken is a horrible thing. Broken is something that may mend, but will never heal. Broken will alw...
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A very good article on the subject of child loss for parents and how awkward those conversations can become when noone has an answer to the subject when it comes up.  This article written by a mother who lost a child sums up these type of conversations and what really to say

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What do you say to someone who has lost a child?  Most of us haven't a clue.  This article might help you the next time to speak to someone who has lost someone precious.  Don't be afraid to speak to them about their loved one, they need you to give them permission to tell you how much their loved one meant to them.

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The Most Spiritual Film Robin Williams Ever Made Was About Death

The Most Spiritual Film Robin Williams Ever Made Was About Death | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Hollywood lost one its great actors on Monday to an apparent suicide, leaving many stunned and saddened. Robin Williams was just 63 years old when he was found dead in his Bay Area apartment, police reported.

In addition to the brilliant comedic ...
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This was a very good movie with Robin Williams that looked at suffering, loss and death.  This movie is a must for all grief counselors.  It looks deeply at the power of love over sadness and loss.

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Cremation Is More Popular Than Ever, And Here's Why

Cremation Is More Popular Than Ever, And Here's Why | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
It's no secret that life expectancy in the U.S. is trending upward. A person born today can expect to live eight years longer than someone born in the 1970s. But there's another trend you might not know about--and it's related not to what happens whi...
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Cremation is on the rise over traditional burial.  With many mainstream Christian denominations giving approval, it has becoming the norm and probably will even continue to grow with the following generation

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Can you die from a broken heart?

Can you die from a broken heart? | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
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Grief effects the body and the soul.  Extreme emotional trauma can also effect us in regards to grief and loss related to the heart.  This article looks to answer the question of can a broken heart kill you?

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How my silent play helped me talk about Dad’s death

How my silent play helped me talk about Dad’s death | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
For years Hannah Moss was unable to speak to her mother and sister about her father’s death from cancer, but finally found a way to convey how she felt – by creating a silent play
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How the power of silence can show grief and how many people avoid talking to the grieving or how the grieving avoid expressing their grief.

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Pet owners have support during loss, grief

Pet owners have support during loss, grief | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Dealing with the loss of a pet is a painful process. In addition, deciding what to do with the pet’s possessions and determining the best way to memorialize their life
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Pet loss grief support is an important step for pet owners.  Non-pet owners can sometimes fail to see the importance our pets can have in our lives.   They are not just an animal but a family member.   Pet loss grief is a very real emotional response to loss.

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9 Ways to Comfort the Grieving | It's Altru

9 Ways to Comfort the Grieving | It's Altru | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
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A good short read for people who would like to discover some ways to help their grieving friend or family member.  This article lists 9 ways to comfort the grieving and can be a helpful tool for anyone.

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What Not To Say To Someone Grieving A Pet

What Not To Say To Someone Grieving A Pet | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
If you've ever experienced the loss of a pet, you know that the pain and grief is deep and real -- and can even be overwhelming.

Despite that, grief over the loss of a pet is often not treated with the same respect or sensitivity as grief over th...
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Good article on what not to say to someone who is grieving the loss of a pet.  We can sometimes downplay this event and that is definitely a bad thing to do

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Robin Williams and Grief: Why Do We Care About Celebrity Deaths?

Robin Williams and Grief: Why Do We Care About Celebrity Deaths? | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
There's been an outpouring of grief over the late Robin Williams - why do we care so much about the death of a celebrity we may never have even met?
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A good article that looks at why Americans are affected by celebrity deaths.  The idea of para-social interaction is explored as the primary reason we associate and bond with people we do not know personally

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Veterinary professionals offer key support in pet loss

Veterinary professionals offer key support in pet loss | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
A national speaker helps professionals assist in end of life care for pets
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Do veterinaries make good pet loss grief counselors?   The answer is yes they do.   In many times your veterinarian can offer support in  your time of pet loss.   They work with animals everyday and fully understand the bond a human and their pets can share.

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Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Five Stages of Grief | Legacy.com

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross: Five Stages of Grief  | Legacy.com | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, who died 10 years ago this week, wrote the 1969 best-seller "On Death and Dying." The book introduced the world to what’s now commonly known as...
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A short bio on Elisabeth Kubler Ross and some of her works, as a well as other works on death.  If you are interested in learning more, review the works of Elisabeth Kubler Ross

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6 Ways to Help Prevent Suicide

6 Ways to Help Prevent Suicide | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Every suicide is a tragic end to a life that’s precious to God. If you’re willing, God can empower you to help.
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Many of us need to be aware of the issues that cause suicide.  The first is to identify the problem and issue and not be afraid as a friend or family member to ask whats wrong.  This starts the process


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What to do with all those memories

What to do with all those memories | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
When someone dies, they leave behind a footprint. In years past you most likely found old photographs, letters, greeting cards, and maybe gifts that were remi…
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Great article for grief in the modern world.  What to do with happen chance electronic recordings, Fb pages, and other electronic footprints of our lost ones?

Obviously they are not heirlooms so they can be deleted but each person is different in how one responds to a message of a loved one.  As long as it does not become an obsession over time, I would find no issue with keeping them but be very careful that it does not become something that haunts you and keeps you from moving forward

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The Saddest Part About Depression Is The Belief It Will Never End

The Saddest Part About Depression Is The Belief It Will Never End | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
The suicide death of beloved comedian and actor Robin Williams shocked many of his fans. But those who knew him were aware of his ongoing struggle with depression.

According to his publicist, Williams, 63, was completing a 12-step program for drug...
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The most dangerous element of depression is that people do not see a way out of it or an end.  The reality is with prayer, support and professional support, one can over come this shadow of despair.

Never give up believing there is hope

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The Growth Of 'Death Cafes'

The Growth Of 'Death Cafes' | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
A few dozen Ohioans will meet Wednesday evening in a community room at a Panera Bread outside of Columbus for tea, cake and conversation over an unusual shared curiosity. For two hours, split between small circles and a larger group discussion, they'll talk about death.
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Talking about death is no longer taboo.  Death cafes are emerging across the country as people face the greatest unknown of death.  If you are interested in learning more about death too and would like to help counsel people, then please review our program in grief counseling education

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Grief Healing: Helping Seniors with Pet Loss

Grief Healing: Helping Seniors with Pet Loss | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
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Grief Healing: Helping Seniors with Pet Loss

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Coping with the loss of a pet
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Recently my wife, Donna, lost a shelter cat she had been nursing back to health for almost three years. Sick Cat, or Blackjack, as he was known ...
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Coping with the loss of a pet

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The Saddest Part About Depression Is The Belief It Will Never End

The Saddest Part About Depression Is The Belief It Will Never End | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
The suicide death of beloved comedian and actor Robin Williams shocked many of his fans. But those who knew him were aware of his ongoing struggle with depression.

According to his publicist, Williams, 63, was completing a 12-step program for drug...
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Depression can affect anyone from rich or poor to famous or unknown.   You do not have to be an actor to be affected by it.   The grief and sadness felt can make you do terrible things.  If you know anyone dealing with depression, please reach out and help them.   Perhaps your grief counseling could save a life?

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Peace above pain: Hospice teaches dignity, grace in death - Top News - The Times News

Peace above pain: Hospice teaches dignity, grace in death - Top News - The Times News | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Peace above pain: Hospice teaches dignity, grace in death
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An emotional piece on how hospice if initiated soon enough can help death become a beautiful experience and help transition for the terminally ill.  Too many times the article states, people see hospice as grave digging and giving up, but this is not the case, it is death with dignity.

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Photographer takes heartbreaking photos of stillborn baby for family

Photographer takes heartbreaking photos of stillborn baby for family | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
The California parents of a stillborn baby chose to remember their little girl by having a professional photographer capture her on film.
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As crazy as this may seem, women who are able to hold their stillborn and find closure and some time with he or she before they are buried have a better time adapting instead of never seeing their child.

This takes it to another level but is a very sad piece of how a family handled the loss of their child before she or her could even breath on her own.

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