Tag Archives: Grief and loss

Book Review: “Bearing the Unbearable” by Joanne Cacciatore, Ph.D.

A grief counselor and bereaved mother offers insight and compassion to those who are struggling with grief

Joanne Cacciatore, Ph.D. is a researcher, educator, grief counselor and Zen priest who for over 20 years has helped her clients navigate the treacherous, terrifying path of traumatic grief. She is also a bereaved mother whose baby daughter, Cheyenne, died … Continue reading

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“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what the storm’s all about.”

- Haruki Murakami
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Cancer Treatment and Body Image

Treatment related changes in appearance are deeply disturbing but rarely discussed

“To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.” ― Simone de Beauvoir Some of the most distressing issues that people with cancer face are those related to body image. Cancer surgery, in particular, can be extremely … Continue reading

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“Canon in D Major,” by Johann Pachelbel

A Baroque composition that soothes the soul and lifts the spirit

The first time I heard Pachelbel’s “Canon in D Major” I was at a retreat for the pediatric oncology staff at Stanford Children’s Hospital, where I worked. It was January, and we had just gone through an emotionally devastating holiday … Continue reading

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“When your heart is broken, the world sounds different.”

-Angie Cartwright
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Book Review: “Sugar Cookies and a Nightmare” by Carol Kearns, Ph.D.

A mother recounts her 30-year journey through grief and loss

When Carol Kearns lost her 7-year-old daughter Kristen to a rogue wave in 1976, she thought her life had come to an end. Lost in a haze of grief and despair, she spent the next 10 days praying for a … Continue reading

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