Watch Grief Videos Here
3 Easy Steps To A Happy Divorce (Really!)
No more crying and pints of ice cream.
Experts Blog

3 Easy Steps To A Happy Divorce (Really!)

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!

How I Honor My Dad On Father's Day
A pastoral counselor recounts one painful Father's Day.
Experts Blog

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.

torn wedding photo divorce
It's hard not to be angry after a divorce, but remember, you WILL reach acceptance!
Experts Blog

The 5 Stages Of Post-Divorce Grief

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?
Experts Blog

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.

woman sad
Mother's Day can be very hard for women who have had abortions.
Experts Blog

How To Survive Mother's Day If You Feel Post-Abortion Grief

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."

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

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.
Experts Blog

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.
Experts Blog

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.

"Surviving Mother's Day When You've Lost Your Mom"
Experts Blog

"Surviving Mother's Day When You've Lost Your Mom"

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.

lonely woman
The loss of a sibling is an intensely lonely experience ... but it doesn't have to be.
Experts Blog

How I Survived My Sister's Death

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.

The Power Of Being "Grokked"
Experts Blog

The Power Of Being "Grokked"

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)."

Don't Listen To 3 Myths About Break-Up Grief
Experts Blog

Don't Listen To 3 Myths About Break-Up Grief

16 years ago- just 2 days before Christmas, I found myself on a morphine drip in a hospital bed. The surgery was planned. What was a surprise was waking to find my husband looking down on me, announcing that we were getting a divorce. Suddenly, without my permission or input, my life changed horribly.  I felt completely victimized by change… by the losses beyond my control.  I was broken hearted, simpy powerless, and it felt like my influence over my own life and the lives of my children had ceased to exist.