Blog: Riding the Waves of Grief

On grief, resilience, and healing

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 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...

October 25, 2019

You know those times in life when you are in between your defining events – like for author Cheryl Strayed, a devastating loss, a soon-to-come successful book (Wild, the account of her trek on the Pacific Crest Trail at a fraught time in her life), the resulting fame....

July 19, 2019

In my counseling office, when a bereaved person came to talk, I would ask to hear about their loved one. The answers came in many forms –

“Well, he wasn’t perfect, that’s for sure, but he was perfect for me.”

“She was what you’d call a stickler – she wouldn’t sit down at...

May 23, 2019

In a time of grieving, we need all the help and comfort we can gather in. A phone call from the right person, a passage from a loved book, an unexpected note from a friend can plunge us into gratitude – that someone knows, someone cares, someone has survived this and t...

February 5, 2019

In counseling grad school, I had to take a course called Bibliotherapy. I was skeptical, high as I was on the electricity in the therapy room I was learning to inhabit – that’s where the action was, where change happens. I was sure of it.

But I dutifully followed the re...

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