Grieving can be a confusing process. It’s not as simple as feeling sad, it’s actually a lot of emotions all mixed up. Sorrow, guilt, freedom, anger, fear, relief … these are just a few of the feelings that we may experience. It’s not even as simple as someone dying. We grieve many things in our lifetime. Moving, the death of a pet, retirement, the end of an addiction, a loss of trust and the end of a marriage or a relationship are all moments in which we experience grief.
It's pretty much expected for people to be unhappy about getting a divorce. After all, nobody gets married, expecting to sign divorce papers later down the line. But how do you have a happy (or at least happier) divorce? Our expert offers her best advice!
In 2007, my father passed away right after Father's Day. It took time for me to be at peace with myself since he drove hundreds of miles to celebrate Father's Day with me — and ended up having a heart attack. Since then, I have learned to deal with the loss of my dad and how to honor him on Father's Day.
If you're lucky, you'll never have to know what it's like to be the victim of infidelity. Still, the statistics aren't promising: About 60 percent of men and 40 percent of women will have an affair at some point in their marriages.
We always hear about the five stages of grief a person goes through when a loved one passes away. They were first proposed by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross in her 1969 book On Death and Dying. Did you know that you will also go through these five stages of grief after a divorce?
Dear Dr. Romance: What Is The Grieving Process? What are the stages of the grieving process? Dear Reader: If you've had a personal loss, I am sorry that you have to go through it. The traditional stages of grieving, developed by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, are Denial (or shock), Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. How long it takes depends on how big the loss is.
Mother's Day for women who have had a voluntary pregnancy termination, or abortion, can be just as unhappy as Valentine's Day for people in bad relationships. On a day that motherhood is embraced and celebrated, many women experience sadness over their choice and are reminded of "what might have been."
Audrey Pott, Rehtaeh Parsons, Martin Richard from the Boston Marathon bombing and other children like them should not have their lives reduced to the headlines surrounding their tragic deaths. And yet, how can these parents cope with the deaths of their children and come to a sense of peace?
In the eight months since my husband's sudden death, I made it through the first Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter. For each one, I had friends and family in place to spend time with. The last thing on my mind was the need to be prepared for grieving around the "first" tax preparation.
Women who have had abortions may not feel entitled to grieve the loss of their unborn children. After all, they rationalize, you shouldn't be permitted to grieve over a loss you have chosen to create. And so, putting the missing pieces together can be confusing and overwhelming for them.
Mother’s Day is a time to honor and cherish mothers. Whether your relationship with her is nurturing or strained, all mothers have one thing in common, they love their children to the depths of their soul. It is a time to appreciate her effort at loving and raising you. Alas, what if your mom is no longer around? Maybe she has passed on, or refuses to talk with you as an adult. Maybe you are feeling sad and lonely without her. Here are a few tips to get through the day.
There are many things expect to experience in our lives, but losing a sibling is not one of them. It certainly wasn't something I thought I would deal with in my lifetime, but low and behold, in December of 1996 I lost my older sister and immediately became part of a club of sibling survivors. Obviously, being new to the club, I didn't understand all that was involved.
In 1961, author Robert A. Heinlein coined the term "grok" in his best-selling book, "Stranger in a Strange Land". The Oxford English Dictionary defines grok as "to understand intuitively or by empathy; to establish rapport with" and "to empathize or communicate sympathetically (with)."