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How to Cope with Teen Suicide Anniversaries in Howard County

Howard County residents are no strangers to suicide, including teen suicide anniversaries. During the past few years, unfortunately, several young people in our community have died by suicide, leaving behind grieving family members, friends, and acquaintances. Teen suicide is deeply saddening, especially during the days and weeks after it occurs. But teen suicide anniversaries can

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How to Cope with Death by Suicide in Howard County

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than one million people die by suicide each year. Unfortunately, Howard County, Maryland is no stranger to this global tragedy. If you have lost a loved one to suicide in Ellicott City, Columbia, or elsewhere in Howard County, you deserve to know the steps you can take to

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3 Ways to Help You Cope with the Loss of a Dream Job

Some Howard County residents believe that grief and loss counseling is helpful only following the loss of a pet or a person, not after the loss of a dream job. Yet in the wake of a lost opportunity, especially one you’ve been awaiting for years, it’s normal to experience feelings of grief and loss similar to

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Helping Children Cope Through Grief Support Groups in Howard County

Grief support groups in Howard County can be one of the best ways to help a grieving child cope with a loss, including the death of a friend or neighbor. Grief Support Groups for Children Group therapy is a cost-efficient yet highly effective and dynamic approach to supportive grief counseling. Here’s what your child could gain

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How to Help Your Child Cope with Pet Loss Grief

Pet loss grief affects animal lovers of all ages, including seniors, adults, and children. But kids have special needs when it comes to moving forward after the loss of a pet. The most important thing to remember is that you can never predict your child’s reaction to pet loss grief, regardless how he’s reacted to losses

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3 Ways to Cope with Grief During a Death Anniversary

The grief you experience during a death anniversary could differ greatly from any pre-death grief and loss you may have experienced. Sometimes, just looking at the calendar can make you feel overwhelmed with emotion. Anticipating and preparing for a death anniversary can be very helpful. Talking to clergy, friends or relatives and making some plans for

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Should Children Attend Funerals?

Funerals can play an important role in the grieving process, both for adults and for children. But you may wonder whether it is appropriate and healthy that children attend funerals. When it comes to children attending funerals and visiting terminally ill grandparents in the hospital, we recommend that you ask your child what he’d like

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The Role of Grief Counselors

The loss of a family member or friend is very difficult and may cause you to feel unable to cope. The support of other family members and friends can be enormously helpful, and it is important to surround yourself with as much support as you can while you adjust to the reality of the loss

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Child Grief Counseling: Should Your Child Visit His Ill Grandparent?

If your child’s grandparent has a terminal illness, you have most likely explored child grief counseling options. You know that child therapy will help your child prepare for the expected loss and cope after his grandparent passes away. You may struggle, however, with the decision to let your child visit his ill grandparent in the

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How to Handle Pre-Death Grief and Loss

If your relative has a terminal illness, you may experience “anticipatory grief” – a common emotional reaction to the impending death of a loved one. Just what are you grieving, though, if your loved one is still alive? Perhaps the loss of his personality, especially if his illness has made him incommunicative or immobile. You

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Best Ways to Help the Bereaved Elderly

Watching a loved one grieve is never easy. But it can be especially painful to watch an elderly person grieve the loss of a long-time spouse, friend, or pet. Helping a bereaved older person through the grief process can be complicated. Unlike grieving children most senior citizens understand the permanence of death and have likely

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The Best Ways to Help a Grieving Child

Parents — when your child is grieving, all you want to do is put a smile back on his face. But sometimes good intentions can disrupt the grieving process. Professional child grief counseling is a great option. But what can you do at home to help your child move forward? Here are three of the

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A Day of Tragedy

One moment you are enjoying the festive moments and anticipation of eagerly awaited holiday celebrations, family reunions, the laughter of young children, time with good friends and the annual holiday traditions that serve to remind us what is truly important and worthwhile. And the next moment you hear the mind-shattering news from a community in

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“I Never Know What To Say”*

“I Never Know What To Say”* J. Shep Jeffreys, EdD, FT Holiday time is gathering time for family, friends, colleagues, classmates and others who we are associated with in our various communities. Holiday time can present grieving people with the dilemma of how much celebrating is comfortable and where shall mourning people draw the line.

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When The Ship Of Grief Enters Stormy Waters by J. Shep Jeffreys, EdD, FT

Most of the time, the human grief reaction is predictable: people’s thoughts, feelings and behavior follow certain patterns. People who are grieving a loss can be expected to cry and be sad, angry, frightened, confused, or apathetic. They talk about their loss, yearn and sigh often, and may engage in various rituals connected to the

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Reflections on the Arizona Massacre By Dr. Gordon Livingston

What can be said about the Arizona massacre? That we live in a time when extreme and hateful political rhetoric creates an atmosphere in which the most angry and unbalanced among us are inspired to kill? That the long American love affair with the gun places us all at risk? That our mental health system

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Understanding Older Adult Grief by Dr. Shep Jeffreys

Understanding Older Adult Grief* By J. Shep Jeffreys, EdD, FT The purpose of this article is to help you better understand the needs of the older members of our communities who experience the death of a loved one or a close friend. An 88-year-old woman came to see me because her only child, her 55-year-old

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Grieving Families – Holiday Dilemmas by Dr. Shep Jeffreys

http://www.GriefCareProvider.com Sleigh bells ring, Christmas cheer, carols, Thanks (?) – giving, first Passover Seder meal since Dad . . ., gather round the Chanukah table . . ., apples and honey for Rosh Hashana, yet another Holiday without . . ., the music and decorations are everywhere, I can’t get away from the pain and

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