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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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Doing Grief Right

Every time I come to a conference I am touched by the stories I hear, particularly from other therapists. Today was one of those moments. I met someone whose friend lost a loved one, and the intimate partner of the loved one was being treated less than kindly by the extended circle because they chose…

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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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Grief for Therapists- when it happens to you

When grief happens- and you still have to be a therapist I had the opportunity to record a podcast with Kelly Higdon, LMFT, of Zinny Me. We talked about what happens when grief happens and you are working- something that happens far to often, and is frequently not a topic amongst therapists. In fact, on…

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More, and more, and more shootings

It’s been such a long two weeks, hasn’t it? Parkland, Florida. A university yesterday. Families. Domestic violence. Two more schools after Parkland. Scenes of Pulse survivors helping Parkland survivors along with Columbine survivors and Sandy Hook parents and comfort dogs. As a therapist, have you been hit with the impact of all of this? I’m…

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