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Posts Tagged ‘loss’

Support facing suicide

I am currently in Visalia, California, to attend and speak at the National Team Loss Conference. If you are not aware of the Team Loss concept, it is a postvention program for suicide prevention and support for survivors. I am surrounded by people from all over the country who are doing the work to help…

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You Can’t Still Smell The Flowers

I’m preparing a short talk about dementia for therapists next month and went looking for some graphics. I almost choked when I read one sweet looking thing about what dementia caregivers need to know about dementia. The first thoughts were reasonable: Don’t argue with someone who has dementia Be patient Watch your frustration level Then…

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Easter and Passover in Grief

My role in this program is not to assume you have a certain belief system, or even that you have any belief system. However, there are some days on the religious calendar that are unavoidable and whose messages can make grief more of a challenge. Easter is one of those. Passover as well. In the…

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When your client is facing a chosen death

I have had contact with a number of people online who have faced a loved one with terminal illness and chose to end their life before their illness ended it for them. Some are aware it is coming, others have already experienced the loss. How do you help your client in moments such as that?…

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Grieving lost sexual intimacy

My recent research has been about grieving sexuality during a terminal illness and after the death of an intimate partner. There is very little published data about this, and the data that does exist suggests that neither hospice staff nor grief therapists, or even friends, consider this something to be discussed. The sad part, for…

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