self-care while Grieving
Coping with the common
Feelings Associated with Grief
Speak host, Lori La Bey speaks with Dr. Eboni I. Green who is a Registered
Nurse and family caregiver. She and her husband Terrence Green are the
co-founders of Caregiver Support Services a non-profit organization that trains
and supports family and frontline caregivers.
Loss History Timeline
Do you feel as though you are using avoidance as a
strategy to cope with the loss of your loved one or client? If the answer is
yes, you will likely find that by avoiding your feelings today you
run the risk of complicating your grief and prolonging your angst.
You might consider
creating a loss history timeline. To
create a loss history simply draw a line on a blank piece of paper and then
plot out the year or month of your significant losses .Be sure to include your
loved one or client's name. Once you have documented each loss, take a moment
to reflect on your timeline and the losses you have expereinced over time. I
have personally found this exercise to be helpful. As I reviewed my timeline a
pattern emerged. The majority of my most significant losses occurred in the
winter months. Knowing that winter months are most challening for me
emotionally, I worked with a counselor to identify outlets for those times when
I tend to become overwhelmed with sadness. I hope that you find this exercise
helpful as you work through your grief. Should you seek out counseling you may
choose to share your loss history with your counselor so that together you can
indentify coping strategies that work best for you.
is an effective strategy for working through your grief. Sometimes…it just feels good to write down
your feelings. Free from
distractions…with no interruptions…it's just you in a peaceful setting, taking
the time you need to focus on the positive impact your loved one had on your
life. Journaling can be a beautiful
the Understanding Grief Journal
imagery is another approach you might find helpful when you are overwhelmed
with feelings of grief. Please try the following guided imagery exercise:
Losing something or
someone you love can be deeply disorienting and painful. Words unspoken and
questions unanswered may keep you worried and unsettled. doTERRA Console
Comforting Blend of floral and tree essential oils will help you close the
door on sadness and take your first steps on a hopeful path toward emotional
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Through words and
music, this beautifully designed set offers a renewal of faith to anyone
struggling with grief. The book's heartfelt words, from some of the world's
greatest visionary leaders, are set to original soul-stirring music, creating
an atmosphere of relaxation, insight, and healing.
Centering Corporation is
a non-profit (501 C-3) organization dedicated to providing education and
resources for the bereaved. In response to the need for support by families
and caregivers while facing their grief experience we developed many new
resources. Today we have over 500 grief resources for children and adults.
Centering continues to provide educational resources and bookstore for
caregivers and families.