Tag Archives: Coping With Sudden Death

Book Review: “I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye” by Brook Noel and Pamela D. Blair, Ph.D

Two women describe their experiences of losing loved ones to unexpected death

Originally published in 2000 and updated in 2008, “I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye” is a book about coping with and healing after the sudden death of someone you love. It is written by two survivors of sudden loss: Brook … Continue reading

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Our Weekly Tip: Use Exercise to Cope with Sudden Loss

Physical activity may help you process emotions and diminish their intensity over time

Our Tip of the Week: Unexpected loss unleashes a torrent of emotions — shock and disbelief, anger, sadness, guilt, and remorse are just some of the feelings that survivors describe after the sudden death of someone they love. Although all loss … Continue reading

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Book Review: Tomorrow Comes by Donna Mebane

In Tomorrow Comes, Donna Mebane tries to make sense of the sudden death of her daughter, imagining how she spends time in heaven

The unthinkable happened to Donna Mebane: her 19 year-old daughter Emma died suddenly in her sleep. She wasn’t sick; she simply went to bed one night and never woke up. It’s every parent’s worst nightmare come true. Emma Mebane left … Continue reading

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Book Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

John Green explores the consuming nature of grief in his debut young adult fiction novel

Looking for Alaska is a wonderfully beautiful tragedy. In it, we follow Miles “Pudge” Halter as he is sent away from his hometown in Florida to boarding school in Culver Creek, Alabama in a scenario that seems to parallel author … Continue reading

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What are the Effects of Trauma? – An Interview with Carolyn Lunsford Mears, Part 2

The conclusion of our interview with the trauma expert, as we discuss how to deal sensitively with those who've experienced trauma

Dr. Carolyn Mears suffered her own trauma in 1999, when her son survived the tragic Columbine High School shooting, and the experience served as a catalyst towards earning her doctorate. She now serves as dissertation adviser and adjunct faculty at … Continue reading

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What are the Effects of Trauma? – An Interview with Carolyn Lunsford Mears, Part 1

Understanding the full effects of trauma from death on those who've survived a life-changing event

In 1999, Carolyn Mears’ son was a student at Columbine High School in Colorado, where a horrifying mass shooting claimed the lives of 12 students and 1 teacher. She now serves as dissertation advisor and adjunct faculty at the University … Continue reading

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