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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What is Disenfranchised Grief?

By: Allyson England Drake, M.Ed, CT Kenneth Doka created the term disenfranchised grief as “a loss that is not or cannot be openly acknowledged, socially sanctioned, or publicly mourned.” It is known as “hidden grief or sorrow.” Many times, those who are grieving a loss that is termed disenfranchised, they feel like they cannot openly…

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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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Faith in Times of Grief and Loss

By: Rev. Stephen Coleman, Reveille United Methodist Church, Guest Blogger One hot summer afternoon, my dad and I were riding in the car together, heading home just after playing a round of golf. Somehow, the subject of the death of his mother arose in the conversation. My grandmother died of cancer at age 62, when she was still…

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Young Adult Grief

By: Kristen Emerson, LCSW, Bon Secours Bereavement Center, Guest Blogger Grief is unique for each person, but sometimes themes emerge for different types of loss. Read below for information specifically for young adults after a loved one’s death. Themes that are relevant for grieving young adults: Bittersweet milestones. Young adults experience significant life events in rapid succession…

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Yoga During Grief: 3 Helpful Activities Anyone Can Do Now

By: Deirdre Turner, CYT, Guest Blogger When my sister’s life was taken by homicide, I found myself in an anguished state of grief and shock; solid ground had been removed from underneath my feet and I was falling, endlessly it seemed, into a dark chasm from which there seemed to be no escape. I attended my…

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Different Types of Grievers

By: Karen Kennedy, MSW One of the hardest parts of grieving is understanding that everyone grieves differently. Individuals respond differently to grief on a number of dimensions including emotions, thoughts, behaviors, physical reactions as well as spiritual expression. There is “no correct way to grieve.”  Researchers Kenneth L. Doka and Terry L. Martin provide explanations of…

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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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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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