Coping with Secondary Grief and Trauma

By: Allyson England Drake, M.Ed, CT COVID-19 Pandemic. Senseless acts of violence. School shootings of young children. Numerous mass shootings. Increased suicides in our country. Overwhelming numbers of overdoses. Devastating weather and other natural events.  First responders, educators, employees, parents, news reporters, coroners, students, mental health clinicians, medical professionals …just to name a few…are suffering…

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I Write Letters to the Dead and I Wear Their Clothes

By: Shannon O’Neill, Guest Blogger In the last year and a half, I have lost two of the most important people in my life — my husband and my mother.  Not long after my husband Daryl died in October 2020, I started an open letter to him. It’s titled “Happy Anniversary,” because I started it…

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Grief & Bereavement for LGBTQ+ Youth

By: Rachel Melhorn, LCSW In supporting LGBTQ+ youth through grief and loss, it is important to remember the unique experience of these individuals. While it is not unusual for all youth who have experienced a loss to feel alone, a lack of resources and/or support for LGBTQ+ youth can lead to further feelings of isolation,…

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Sibling Loss

By: Shannon Weisleder, Guest Blogger “Because of you, I will always have a friend.” Ten years ago, I lost my only brother Matthew to suicide. He was 41 years old. It is a terrible thing to lose a sibling and most traumatic when it is to suicide. You feel as though part of your identity which has…

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After a Miscarriage or Stillbirth: The Benefits of a Memorial Service

By: Jenny Bliley, LCSW, Bliley’s Funeral Home, Guest Blogger “Sometimes love is for a moment, Sometimes love is for a lifetime, Sometimes a moment is a lifetime.” Over thirty years ago, Bliley Funeral Home created a memorial service called Interment of Angels for families who experience a miscarriage or stillborn loss. The service was originally…

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A Father’s Grief

By: Adam Carpenter In November of 2017 my life changed forever. My wife and I unexpectedly lost our first daughter at 23 weeks gestation. The pain and emotions that I was feeling were stronger than anything I had ever felt before. I was terrified that this was going to take over my life in a…

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Strength in Grief

By: Rusty Ramsey, Full Circle Board Member Coping with grief and dealing with the loss of a parent is difficult, especially as a child. Elementary school aged children lack the foresight as to what lies ahead and instead focus on the moment. Time may heal all wounds, but as a child, time takes forever to pass, and…

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Seniors and Grief

By: Britt Cowart, LCSW There are approximately 47 plus million Senior Citizens in the US (65 and older) and this population is doubling. The average age expectancy is 78+ years and rising. With a growing aging population, it’s typical and expected that Seniors are experiencing increased loss and associated grief. The pain of grief is not lessened…

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Ask, Listen, & Learn

By: Jason Owen, Full Circle Board Member There are a handful of topics no one wants to discuss. In not talking about them, our minds are tricked into believing they could never happen. But these things do happen, and the collateral damage lives deep in the hearts of those left behind. They are like a secret club with…

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