Plowing - The art of facing an impossible task
A session with a homeless client recalls a long-ago lesson about accomplishing an impossible task.
Death, guilt, and anger are an explosive mix
"Complicated grief" resulting from unresolved guilt, anger, shame, and regret can fester on for many years.
Moving through Grief
How Kübler-Ross’s stage model of dealing with loss can help grieving clients heal.
From an Evening of Storytelling 2018
A specialist in grief and dying gets an early lesson on what makes up a full life.
Humanizing Our Overmedicalized System
Hospital protocols have replaced the time-honored customs that once enabled the dying to be lead actors in their life’s final drama. Why do we spend so much on last ditch medical treatments while depriving so many of what they need to die with dignity and peace?
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In the Aftermath of Suicide: The Long Journey to Healing
In the wake of a loved one’s suicide, therapists must have the patience to sit with clients as the slow and painful process of healing unfolds. CASE COMMENTARY by Douglas Flemons.
The Last Joke: The Pathos of a May-December Marriage
A shared sense of humor can help couples make heavy issues feel lighter. But what happens when there’s no one there to get the joke?
Finding Meaning in Loss
When a loved one dies, it’s easy to get stuck in your pain. But if you can find meaning in even the most senseless loss, you can do more than just get unstuck.
Scenes from a Miscarriage
The story of a miscarriage is often about crushed hope, but it can also bring unexpected possibility.
Four Tips for Processing Grief
We still don’t have a clear and reliable road map for navigating the unique grief that comes with losing a wanted pregnancy.
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