Blog: Riding the Waves of Grief

On grief, resilience, and healing

June 2, 2020

Time can weigh heavily when there is too much of it. With this pandemic only months old, never have so many of us felt its weight at the same time. People in their usual lives are ordering puzzles, streaming TV series, Zooming their friends to fill the time....

May 18, 2020

Always in grieving, time is distorted. Weeks pass by in a fog, but hours drag; it seems like forever since the loss as we start forgetting the contours of our loved one’s face; or else it seems like it was just this morning and we recall all too much of what we’ve been...

January 17, 2020

There are three things that we don’t learn until life delivers a blow:

1. Loss of the ones we love is inevitable, a sure thing, gonna happen sooner or later. Not having been reminded that nothing lasts forever, we are gob-smacked when our loved one dies.

2. Grief can be...

December 31, 2019

Another New Year’s Eve usually means forming a new set of intentions for the coming year, a chance to look ahead and plan for a better year, a chance for a new start. After the loss of a loved one, the New Year brings a more complicated challenge. For a person in grief...

December 18, 2019

Christmas pieces on the emotional side of this season often tip toward Christmas as a trigger for depression, or recommendations to go find someone who is suffering more heartache than you are and help them, which is fine advice, but right now, let’s do something diffe...

December 10, 2019

There are many things that people fear about grief. One is that they will forget their loved one, the voice, the details of their face, the feel of their hand. They search for ways to overcome the tendency for memory to fade as edges blur. They want to keep the memorie...

December 5, 2019

When hit by a major loss, many people feel cast off into an unfamiliar land. But it may help to know that under the surface, each of us already has a great deal of experience with bouncing back after loss. It started in childhood when we had to move away from friends a...

November 27, 2019

How grateful are you this Thanksgiving season? For those with a recent, or even a long-ago loss, gratitude may not be the first thing that comes to mind.

I often hear that Thanksgiving Day is everyone’s favorite: no gifts to worry about, no commercial hubbub, good comfo...

November 23, 2019

If you listen to conventional wisdom about grieving – don’t make any decisions in the first year, march through a series of painful stages before you can be trusted, grieve like everybody else or you’re doing it wrong, hurry it up – you’ll conclude that you are helples...

November 10, 2019

We can probably agree that grieving is a bewildering process. Instead of getting up in the morning and jumping into your old routine, on some days it can be tough to come up with a reason to get out of bed at all. And where would the energy, and the focus, come from to...

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