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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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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You Work Where?: Reflecting on a Year of Full Circle

By Audrey Walls, M.Ed, MFA It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year since I started working at Full Circle. Since then, I’ve gone through two laptops, two offices, three desk chairs, seven events, thirteen staff meetings, 296 social media posts and innumerable cans of seltzer. But when I first started my position as…

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An Introduction to Ambiguous Grief

By Allyson England Drake, M.Ed, CT Ambiguous Loss is a painful type of grief that is often misunderstood or ignored by society. But the reality is, ambiguous grief causes many feelings and emotions similar to grief due to the death of a loved one. So, let’s take a moment to understand the definition and ramifications…

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The Light of Music

by Whitney Asher When that first wave of grief hit me, I remember feeling numb. In hindsight, I think it was a mix of shock, total disbelief & devastation over the news I didn’t want to hear: my Mom had cancer.  As someone who wasn’t familiar with grief at first, I wasn’t sure what was…

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What is EMDR Therapy?

by Britt Cowart, LCSW An Introduction to Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy What is Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy, or EMDR? Is it right for me? Find out more in this blog article by Britt Cowart, LCSW, Grief Services Director at Full Circle Grief Center. Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy, or EMDR, is a…

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Taking a Moment, Together

By Rachel Machacek, LCSW Dear beloved friend, spouse, wife, husband, partner, sister, brother, mother, father, aunt, uncle, cousin, confidant, family: I’m so sorry you are having to go through this—this loss, this hurt, this trauma, this life-altering thing you didn’t ask for or want and don’t know what to do with. If you’re wondering if…

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Favorite People I Wish I Never Met

By Patty Kruszewski A broken vase and seven stitches brought George Throop into my life. But it was the death of my daughter a year earlier that set it all in motion — and that led me to create the cherished circle of individuals I call “Favorite People I Wish I’d Never Met.”   As I was…

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A Kindness-Based and Grief-Sensitive To-Do List

By Stacia Lee Macklin, LCSW, ACSW As we navigated physical distancing and isolation during the pandemic, this image of a simple and straightforward To-Do List caught my attention.  The “Isolation Well-Being Daily To-Do List” was created by therapist and artist Lindsay Braman in March 2020 and went viral when it was shared and reposted across…

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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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