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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Supporting Those Grieving an Overdose Loss

By: Stacia Macklin, LCSW, Overdose Bereavement Services Manager Five years ago, Full Circle recognized that a growing number of families attending our general loss group were grieving the death of a loved one due to accidental drug overdose. In 2015, the number of youth impacted by accidental drug overdose deaths rose significantly to 9% of our…

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Guilt and Grief

By Allyson England Drake, M.Ed, CT It is very common for people to experience guilt, the feeling you get when you think you did something wrong, after the death of someone significant to them. As described by Dr. David Feldman, guilt is a feeling, not a fact. It is imperative to accept and honor feelings,…

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Finding Meaning From Grief

By Allyson England Drake, M.Ed, CT David Kessler is a bereavement expert who discusses finding meaning after the death of a loved one. I want to share some of his thoughts around the definition of meaning.  Meaning is relative and personal, only you can find your own meaning. Meaning takes time. You may not find it…

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Grieving the Loss of a Sibling

By Britt Cowart, Grief Services Director It’s estimated that 80% of individuals in the US grow up with siblings. Siblings are your life partners in the truest sense of the words, and though you may be opposites, there is a perception that you are still more alike than unalike. You have a shared history and deep…

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We Need to Know You Remember Them

By: Allyson England Drake, M.Ed, CT I often am asked, by caring friends and family members, about the best ways to support an individual who is grieving the death of a loved one. I have a variety of practical answers, of course — like start a meal train, write them a handwritten note with your…

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Tips for Coping with Grief at the Holidays

Tip One: For anyone dealing with the death of a loved one, the holidays can be a time of sadness, dread, or pain. It can be difficult to cope, especially when you see the sights and sounds of holiday happiness all around you. One of the best things you can do is give yourself permission to…

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Grief & Loss During the Holidays

This is a beautiful remembrance activity shared by What’s Your Grief — a simple, yet meaningful way to explore the complex feelings around the loss of a loved one and a wonderful way to create a special piece to remember loved ones during the holidays. The beauty of this activity is that it works for…

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