Major Griffith, USMC, was killed in action on December 14, 2011 by an enemy Taliban sniper. Sam was a beloved Marine Corps Officer who embodied perseverance and grit. His death greatly impacted the lives of all that knew and loved him and changed the course of Renee’s life forever. When Sam died, I realized I … Read More >>
Almost everyone experiences bereavement and grief at some stage in their lives, yet no one experiences it in the same way. We are all different in the way we respond. In the midst of grief, it is difficult to accept intended words of comfort such as “I know how you feel.” Such words always sound … Read More >>
Additional reading: I offer a brief overview of Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s work in a companion article: “5 Stages of Grief: Are They Real?” I hope you will consider reading it as well, as it pays homage to the great pioneer who started the very important conversation about dying people and the importance of compassionate care … Read More >>
Finding a Place of Comfort to Grieve This article explores the use of dramatherapy practice and mindfulness for the grief process. What is Dramatherapy? I will use Dr. Sue Jennings’ definition for the purpose of this article. Dr. Jennings has defined Dramatherapy as “the specific application of theatre structures and drama processes with a … Read More >>
Self-care during grief can help you suffer less in mind, body and spirit. Just doing one of them can start the ball rolling, so don’t feel like you need to do all 9 at once. The list is in no particular order, so scan through and pick one or two that feels “doable.” In a … Read More >>
Your grief journal will help you speak your truth without judgement, untangle confusing thoughts, honor your loved one, and explore your continuing narrative in your life after loss. Additionally, you can use a grief journal to continue your conversation with your loved one after their death. After all, the relationship you have never goes away—the … Read More >>
Techniques of Grief Therapy: Assessment and Intervention, edited by Dr. Robert A. Neimeyer, launched on October 16, 2015 and is already a best seller. A follow up to his first volume, Techniques of Grief Therapy: Creative Practices for Counseling the Bereaved, this new release features the contributions of dozens of grief professionals selected by Dr. Neimeyer, … Read More >>
Robert Neimeyer is a professor of psychology and active clinician at the University of Memphis. He has authored a prolific amount of scholarly work in psychology and grief studies. Neimeyer has also held many titles, such as president of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), and has received honors such as the lifetime … Read More >>
What I love about the Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy approach to grief is that it allows me to meet my client wherever they are when they show up for a session: angry, hopeful, devastated, bitter. Just as no two of us experience grief the same way, no two sessions are exactly alike either.
Grief is a natural reaction to the death of someone we love. I want to stress the word natural because it is important to know that grief itself is not a problem – it is not pathological. It hurts, yes, but this is only because you were capable of love.