There are many ways that anticipated grief affects us. With an acute illness, accident and other changes in health, loss of independence, loss of role in the family, changes in how you view your body, these all may bring up anticipatory grief. Relationship endings, children leaving home, or things like changes in job position, loss of a job, retirement may be eased by preparatory grief. For many people, coping with change means avoiding grief. Yet, experiencing anticipatory grief can provide time to prepare for the loss, finish unfinished business, resolve conflicts and create new meaning and intimacy through facing the losses and the resulting grief directly.
Latest postsCarole is the author of Grief Labyrinth: A Mother’s Journey After the Death of her Daughter
Yesterday I went to an all day introduction to brainspotting. Sound a bit strange? Here is an excerpt from an article by the founder/developer David Grand, Ph.D. It is theorized that Brainspotting taps into and harnesses the body’s innate self-scanning capacity to process and release focused areas (systems) which are in a maladaptive homeostasis (frozen [...]
Stephen Levine wrote the book “A Year to Live – How to live this year as if it were your last”. He suggests readers join together and create a group practice to deepen our introspection on death, receive support from others and make “living” more enriching. I gathered a group together about 8 years ago [...]
Do acts of kindness and generosity enhance our health, increase our longevity and make us happier? Can heart-directed altruism reduce stress? Research shows when we act in other people’s behalf, we feel better, more secure and experience less stress. Research shows altruistic people are healthier and live longer. In a study that followed over 400 women [...]
I have been “off blogging” for all of 2012 and as we approach 2013, my writing cramps release into a willingness to write away. So here goes. This is the season of giving… and receiving. This year has gifted me with a life filled with gratitude. I sure am appreciative of my family, friends, spiritual [...]