Tag Archives: Grief and loss

“Daddy” by Sylvia Plath Explores the Anger That Accompanies Loss

Poem "Daddy" is a pure scream of primal rage

Anger is a natural part of the grieving process. In her poem “Daddy,” American poet Sylvia Plath expresses rage at her father for his treatment of her when he was alive and for his untimely death. Plath was born in … Continue reading

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New Jersey Will Forgive Student Loan Debt for Kids Who Die

A new law ends the state's aggressive collection practices against parents of dead kids

There is arguably no pain greater than that of losing a child or seeing your child become permanently disabled. In fact, when most of us hear stories of such tragic loss, they inspire in us compassion, empathy and a desire … Continue reading

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Cognitive Reappraisal — Looking at the Bright Side Isn’t Always A Good Thing

Positive thinking may only be useful in coping with certain types of events

When things go wrong in our lives, we use a number of strategies to help us cope. One of these is what scientists call “cognitive reappraisal,” or simply thinking about things differently to moderate how we feel. For example, if … Continue reading

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Film Review: “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” Directed by Julian Schnabel

Schnabel's award winning film show us we can endure and overcome

 How expansive is the human mind? How resilient is the human spirit? These are questions few of us ask ourselves as we go about our daily lives. Yet when tragedy strikes, the answers may be crucial to our ability to … Continue reading

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Monday Hearts for Madalene

Page Hodel creates beautiful hearts as an ongoing celebration of love

It’s an honor for SevenPonds to share with our readers the story of the Monday Hearts for Madalene project, a true account of the power of love in the midst of death. The project’s origins take us to 2005: the moment Page Hodel encountered … 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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