The Grief Help Blog

Grief Day by Day: Simple Practices & Daily Guidance for Living with Loss with Jan Warner

Jan Warner, author of Grief Day by Day: Simple Practices and Daily Guidance for Living With Loss, shares how her deep love for her husband Artie lives on, how to deal with people who just don’t understand, and how Grief Day by Day can help you become your own “grief whisperer.” What I love about this interview with Jan is her honest and unfiltered view of life after loss that balances the reality of the pain of loss with the love and levity that helps you continue to live on. ... Read More >>

Songs That Heal: Music Therapy Tools & Techniques for Grief with Molly G. Hicks, MMT, MT-BC

Molly Hicks, music therapist & bereavement counselor shares the principles of music therapy, and how music can help you cope with grief and express how you really feel. She shares an original song, “Call in the Light,” which is “about darkness and light, which is very common in a lot of music and a lot of songs….the person who is grieving can call in a source of light from themselves and also from the memories that they share with their loved one and the bonds that they still have with that loved one.” ... Read More >>

Grieving My Alcoholic Father: Reflections On My Mindful Journey Through Loss

When my father passed away, I was just 16 years old. And while this should have brought my world crashing down, you should know that this event was not as traumatic for me as it likely should have been, at least not right away. I was grieving, of course, but my relationship with my father was complicated. He battled alcoholism for the last six years of his life, and after countless attempts to help him, my family had no choice but to give up on him, as the only other option was to give up on ourselves. The result was that my parents divorced in August 2007, a change that was welcomed by my family. By February 2008, he was dead. ... Read More >>

A Father’s Grief Journey: Embracing Love & Loss, Shadow & Light with Dave Roberts

In the twelfth episode of the Mindfulness & Grief Podcast, I interview Dave Roberts, LMSW, author, and founder of Bootsy & Angel Books, LLC, and most importantly, the father of Jeannine, who died of a rare form of cancer when she was 18. Dave supports other grieving parents through his work with The Compassionate Friends, in his private practice, and through writing, speaking, and teaching in the psychology department at Utica College. ... Read More >>