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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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Perspective on Parenting: Protecting children from grief

When my first child was born, I experienced a tidal wave of emotions. As I embraced my infant overjoyed, I whispered in her tiny ear her that I’d always protect her. I even briefly visualized those moments in her future where she may need me th
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There is a fine line between protecting children from grief and not helping them learn to cope with grief and learn important skills.  As parents we need to know when and how to help a child deal with grief.  Every situation is different depending on the childs age and the circumstances of the loss

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Complicated Grief by Stephanie Muldberg - Midlife at the Oasis

Complicated Grief by Stephanie Muldberg - Midlife at the Oasis | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Stephanie Muldberg shares her story of losing her son and suffering from Complicated Grief, a little-known but treatable form of grief.
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A sad and courageous article of a parent dealing with complicated grief that is sometimes associated with tragic loss, such as losing a child.  This article looks at her undying love for her child

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6 things to never say to someone with cancer

6 things to never say to someone with cancer | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
You might think you are helping, but are your words doing more harm than good?
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Good article about how we should interact with a person who has discovered they have cancer.  Many things should not be said, here are a few them.

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Are You Healing Your Grief, or Perpetuating It?

We all know that it is in one's highest good to grieve the loss of a relationship. Healthy grief releases feelings rather than allowing them to get stuck in the body. Healthy grief allows the griever
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Grief Counseling helps people overcome and adapt with acute grief.  Some people perpetuate grief. Whether due to bad coping or the grief is complicated, sometimes people need help to overcome the loss.

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A Meditation on Tribulation, Suffering and Affliction

A Meditation on Tribulation, Suffering and Affliction | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
If tribulation is an essential aspect of existence, or even if tribulation is a subjective interpretation of an objectively dispassionate natural environment, why are there not faculties programmed into the human animal to automatically offset its harmful effects? Or are there?
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A good article about suffering and tribulation.  What type of spirituality do you possess regarding suffering and tribulation?

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Understanding the Options at the End of Life

Understanding the Options at the End of Life | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Readers discuss hospice, and the notion of a life “well worth living,” even in “a debilitated state.”
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It is critical that people understand their rights with hospice and end of life care as a viable option for their final days.

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In our time of grief, Jesus weeps with us - SoutholdLOCAL

In our time of grief, Jesus weeps with us - SoutholdLOCAL | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Jesus wept. Those two words formed into a simple sentence speak volumes to those who grieve. They remind us of the humanity of Jesus and that Jesus shares in our human pain and our grief. Jesus wept when His friend Lazarus died, even though He knew God could raise him from the dead. I remember ...
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A short article for Christians experiencing grief.  In understanding the human nature of Jesus, we see that he grieves as we do for loss of our loved ones.  Christian Grief Counseling deals with this issue in more depth but for those interested in this field, consider first becoming certified in Grief Counseling, then becoming certified in this specialty area from the American Academy of Grief Counseling

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When Bereavement Leave Ends: going back to work after a death

When Bereavement Leave Ends: going back to work after a death | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Here at WYG topics seem to come up in waves.  We see trends in comments on the blog, social media, and in emails.  Lately the trend has been going back to work after a death.  Let’s just get the obvious out of the way:  it sucks.  But beyond that there are so many questions.  When ...
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It can be horrifying to have to face the stress and pressures of the world after grieving the lost of a loved one.  Once bereavement leave runs out, we are left with the sterile feeling of moving on with life and returning to work.  This article looks over this phase of our lives

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Palliative Care in Cancer: When Does the Discussion Begin?

Palliative Care in Cancer: When Does the Discussion Begin? | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
During the Oncology Stakeholder's Summit 2015 hosted by AJMC, healthcare experts discuss the value of introducing palliative and end-of-life care discussions early in oncology care.
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When cancer comes, one is scared and worried beyond belief.  Yet even worst is the option that one may not win the battle and need extra care.  Utilization of this extra care sometimes is correlated with defeat but it does not have to.  Extra care and comfort does not mean one has given up but it does mean one is looking for care needs that can relieve suffering both mentally and physically.  If we are dying, it does not have to be a horrible time but a phase of entry into another life. A PHASE that can be entered into with dignity while still fighting on earth

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If There Were Greeting Cards For Grief

If There Were Greeting Cards For Grief | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
It might sound crazy, but I think there is definitely room for realistic and humorous cards for parents who've lost children. In a situation where no one really knows what to say, it's nice to let a card do the talking.
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Very good article about the odd and sometimes wrong but well intentioned things we say to a griever.  What if we could make greeting cards for the bereaved, what would they say?  How many of these have you heard when you are down and thought "wow" or how many times after reading this have you seen yourself say some of the things you should not say?

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Embracing Grief When a Loved One Has Alzheimer's

Embracing Grief When a Loved One Has Alzheimer's | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
One day when I was visiting Ed, my beloved Romanian life partner of 30 years, in the memory care facility where he lived, they were having a festive sing-along. I sat down beside him to keep him company.
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The particular grief that comes with Alzheimers can be difficult because you realize the person you love will one day not recognize you.  This is a mental anquish and a pain as the days go by.

This article looks at the pain of this diagnosis for both the loved one and the family

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THE FORGOTTEN GRIEVER

THE FORGOTTEN GRIEVER | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
The sibling bond is often overlooked when a sibling dies…and siblings do have a very special relationship. When considering grief, it’s the familial relationship least studied. It’s most unfortunate because our children who live often become the “forgotten griever.” And yet, just like us, their lives are not the same because relationships change when a child dies.Losing a sibling has a special grief all its own. It’s as if they’ve lost part of their past and their future. When one child dies, th
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Siblings can be forgotten in the death of a loved one.  This is a very special bond for some and they should not be forgotten.

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Bereaved Parents Awareness Month Remembers Grieving Parents

Bereaved Parents Awareness Month Remembers Grieving Parents | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
There is no greater loss than the loss of a child, and for parents to deal with the tragedy it's overwhelming. But as a friend or family member of one of these parents you may not know what to say or do.
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July is bereaving parents month for those who lost a child.  Losing a child at any age is truly the most painful thing to experience.  No parent should outlive their child but it happens unfortunately

This article reminds us of this great grief upon some parents

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What Grief Taught Me

What Grief Taught Me | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
When I was 25-years-old and early on in my medical training, I got a phone call from my mom one day. With no preamble, she blurted out, "She's gone!" At first, I didn't know who mom was talking about. Then she said the name. It was Esther, my infant niece.
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Grief is a universal experience but it is so unique in how it affects us all.  There are many subjective elements to look at in how we deal and learn from grief in our own ways


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The Grief Lens and its Impact on Outlook

The Grief Lens and its Impact on Outlook | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
One thing that keeps me up at night is the subjectivity of life.  Yes, I do have better things to worry about.  Trust me, I also lay awake plenty of nights wondering who will win this season of The Bachelor. William Shakespeare once wrote…“…there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Although ...
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Good article on how we subjectively view things in grief and how our own viewing can affect our entire outlook on life.  This article goes into detail how this has an impact on our grieving process

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On Losing a Beloved Pet and Sharing Grief with Kids

On Losing a Beloved Pet and Sharing Grief with Kids | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
Animal love. Pet love, specifically rescue pet love is almost unbearable. It’s what you take on when you love another living being no matter what. We all die someday. Is it worth the pain?  Yes. Absolutely positively unequivocally yes. Nothing compares.  I wouldn’t wish the pain away.  But damn, does it hurt. Our sweet old... Read more »
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Losing a pet is never easy,  This story is about the loss of a cat

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How To Have Difficult Conversations About Hospice Care

How To Have Difficult Conversations About Hospice Care | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
On the heels of Medicare's recent announcement of plans to start paying doctors to give patients counseling about end-of-life care, HuffPost Live wanted to dig a little deeper to help you understand your
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It is always difficult to face our finite self and admit the need of potentially accepting hospice as a way for care.

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Medicare Expanding Access to Hospice Care

Medicare Expanding Access to Hospice Care | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
The federal government is announcing the expansion of a pilot project that paves the way for Medicare beneficiaries to use hospice services while still getting treatments that aim for a cure.
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Very good news for patients who wish to still fight for a cure and also have the treatment of hospice.  This bill will allow medicare to cover both curative procedures and allow patients the dignity hospice care.

This is a huge win for all terminally ill patients or the elderly

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Beyond 9 Lives: Coping With a Pet’s Death | Reston Now

This is a sponsored post by Elizabeth Arguelles, veterinarian and owner of Just Cats Clinic at Lake Anne Plaza. One of the hardest things to accept as a pet
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A short article over the pain of losing a cat.  One's pet for many is all they have and a cat for many is a best friend.  This article looks over some emotions you may experience as well as some ways to better cope over the loss of your cat

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Internet Grief Support

Obviously, we are big proponents of grief support on the internet…because WYG offers grief support on the internet, keep up people. Although the world of internet grief support is relatively new and evolving, in general we’ve found that online and social media platforms offer an amazing way for people to find support at their own pace, ...
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A look at some of the benefits of online grief support.  Social media and resources of the net can be of great benefit, but this article also points out the negatives as well as the positives.

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End-of-Life Talk Proposed as New Medicare Benefit

The federal government is proposing to pay health-care providers for talking to Medicare beneficiaries about end-of-life care.
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End of life care as a benefit for the elderly should be a reality.  The benefits of such a program not only allow the person to experience dignity but also allows the family time to plan and say goodbye in a kind and less sterile environment.

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How to talk about death before it's too late - Futurity

Talking to family and health care providers about palliative care, hospice, and death is important, though often uncomfortable. Here are some tips.
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It is critically to talk about death before its too late.  Because of societal taboos, death talk is usually started too late before anyone has an idea of what the loved one wants done after his or her passing.  This article emphasizes the importance of healthy discussions regarding death

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Spot's Corner: Pets help children grieve, cope

Pets can offer support to all ages, with a wagging tail, a wet lick to the face or purring curled up in one's lap. We may not even witness the support they give to family members just by their being near when no one else is.
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Pets provide an enormous emotional life for the grieving.  This is also the case with children.  This article looks at the impact pets can have on children and how they can relate to them with grieving and find solace. 

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6 grief myths that need to be busted so you can heal your broken heart

Loss is always painful. There are times though when the loss we experience makes us feel heartbroken. We wonder if it's possible to ever heal from that level of pain. If you have suffered a loss that has you feeling like your heart is broken or aches so badly it's hard to think of anything else, I'm here to let you know there is hope and a way through the pain.
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This article looks at six grief myths regarding loss and recovery from grief.  The reality is grief is something that does not go away, we merely learn to live with it.  While general emotion of grief is universal to our nature, we still can experience it in different ways.

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How to Cope with Grief in the Workplace

How to Cope with Grief in the Workplace | Grief & Bereavement Counseling | Scoop.it
While dealing with grief in the workplace can be awkward, follow the lead of your co-workers to choose the appropriate expression of sympathy.
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Grief in the workplace can cause emotional distress for the employee or employees and also cause productivity to drop.  These are all considerations.  Good employers should give the bereaved the time they need but also understand their needs after returning to work.  This article looks at this

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