How To Move On: Letting Go Is Hard To Do: 6 Ways To Move On
Do you feel like you'll never be able to get over your former significant other?
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Letting Go Is Hard To Do: 6 Ways To Move On From A Bad Breakup

One of the most difficult challenges after a divorcing or losing a spouse or significant other is learning how to move on without them. Although it may seem impossible, there are some great tips on how to move on that will make you happier in the long-run. Read on to learn the 5 ways you can slowly start to move on after your breakup.

 Understanding What’s Normal after Abortion - Step Two
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Understanding What’s Normal after Abortion - Step Two

There is an implication that abortion will bring closure when we choose it.  Abortion does bring closure to the crisis we are in.  We get on with the business of living and we file the decision away as anything from 'barely a blip on the radar screen,' to 'I’m really sad and I feel like dying.'   You may have had these two opposing mind-sets either simultaneously or as single thoughts zooming through your head at random times.  For the most part, it is normal if you

Effective Communication: Talking About Grief With Downton Abbey
You may not live in a castle, but you can definitely relate to Lady Mary's grief.
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When You Lose A Loved One: Lessons From Downton Abbey

Grief is something we all experience in our lifetimes, just like our favorite characters in Downton Abbey. But if we focus on working through it instead of trying to "get over" it, and work on effective communication with the people in our life, we can find happiness again. Spoilers ahead!

Redefining Grief - Understanding Grief During a Divorce
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Redefining Grief - Understanding Grief During a Divorce

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. 

How I Honor My Dad On Father's Day
A pastoral counselor recounts one painful Father's Day.
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How I Honor My Dad On Father's Day (And Every Day)

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.

Dear Dr. Romance: What Is The Grieving Process?
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Dear Dr. Romance: What Is The Grieving Process?

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.

Overcoming Tragedy: The Death Of Your Child
What would you do as a parent in this situation?
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Overcoming Tragedy: The Death Of Your Child

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?

grief and taxes
Taxes are miserable enough on their own.
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Death & Taxes: Filing Alone After My Husband's Death

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.

woman suffering alone
You don't have to suffer alone.
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Abortion Aftercare: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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.

The Courage to Ask for Help
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The Courage to Ask for Help

We live in two worlds: the external and internal. Our external world is a reflection of our internal world. Many of us choose to ignore this until we’re given a wake-up call that we’re not happy or satisfied with the cards dealt: our marriages fall apart, we are faced with illness, we lose our job, we cannot find a long term relationship, or we get passed over again at work. Understanding that our internal world drives what happens to us in the “real” world is the first step to overcoming and rising above the lessons we need to learn in this lifetime.

How to Talk to Your Child About the Newtown School Shooting
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How to Talk to Your Child About the Newtown School Shooting

It's unthinkable that when you send your child off to school you would ever receieve a call such as those parents in Newtown, CT did on December 14th.  It's a parents worst nighmare.  My heart aches for those families, as I know everyone's does.  As a parent or one who works with children, you may face difficult questions.  It is important that you address the topic with your child even if they don't bring it up - they most definitely have heard about it.

How To Survive An Emotional Hurricane [EXPERT]
Will you survive the storm?
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How To Survive An Emotional Hurricane

This morning, as I was driving around trying to find a gas station that was both open and didn't have a three-hour long line, I started thinking about Hurricane Sandy and the devastation left in her wake. Normally, I only see natural disasters on the news, but this time, I had to look no further than outside the window of my home to witness Sandy's impact first-hand.