Adults expect their parents to precede them in death, but the reality of this event can be jolting. Even when parents are advanced in age or have suffered from a long illness, their deaths can have a more profound and far-reaching impact than most adults anticipate.
Children between seven and eleven years of age begin to understand the finality of death. Sometimes they perceive it as a punishment and something that happens to others, but not to oneself.
When you’ve lost a loved one, the holiday season can be an especially painful time. The emptiness left after losing someone you care about can be felt most poignantly during this time of celebration and family closeness.
If you are employed with a company long enough, there is a high probability that you will experience the death of a co-worker or the death of a co-worker’s family member. There is often uncertainty about what to do during these times and how to assist in the grief process.
Death…is the end of the life cycle. It’s natural; it’s inevitable. Every cell that makes up the human body eventually ages, wears out and dies. Death is part of life; it’s part of life’s complexity and wonderment.
The death of a loved one brings the realization that life will never be the same. For those left behind, this is a time of transition from one stage of life to another, a time of finding renewed meaning and purpose. During this time of transition, rituals can be a powerful source of strength and comfort.
Myths are widely held beliefs that have no foundation in fact. However over time, they can become accepted as “truth.” Myths can negatively affect one’s grief journey by providing unrealistic information and expectations.
The grief journey involves reconciliation. Reconciliation is the process of learning how to develop a new self-identity based on a life without your loved one.
There are few things in life more soul-wrenching than the suicide of someone loved. The suddenness of the loss is devastating enough, but the thoughts and feelings of confusion, shame, anger and guilt can be overwhelming.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s the death of a child recently or many years ago, a child’s death is one of the most painful losses suffered in life. Losing a child defies the natural order of life and brings consuming pain to parents.