Grieving an Unexpected Death: Common Reactions and Ways to Cope

grieving unexpected death

Recently, I had the opportunity to provide grief counseling for a group of people who were grieving the loss of someone who died unexpectedly.   Being with the group reminded me of how powerful and important it is for people to gather together and share their pain, feelings, and memories about the person who has died.  The group energy provided a healing container for the tears and sadness, as well as a place to share memories, laughter and stories.  It brought the group together and felt like a wonderful way to honor and celebrate the life that was being mourned. Continue reading

5 Ways to Recover from Post-Election Fatigue

Our country has been through an emotional gauntlet in the past 18 months.  The election build up, election coverage and post-election reactions have left many feeling exhausted and drained.   Many of my clients have reported increasing feelings of uncertainty and fear about their future.  Some have been triggered into traumatic reactions that stem from childhood.  Themes of unpredictability, bullying, abuse of power, narcissism, bigotry, misogyny, and racism have caused a tsnaumi of feelings that can’t be ignored.  We are inundated with images and soundbites that keep coming as part of our 24-hour news/social media culture.  What is the best way to cope and recover from the cultural and personal traumatic reactions that many are feeling? Continue reading