Tag Archives: Loss

When The Legacy is Suicide

The initial impact

When I was a child, my family was a strong, stoic clan. We valued fierce independence above all else. Asking for help or seeking recognition was not acceptable. Neither love nor grief was talked about or expressed. Any acknowledgment of … Continue reading

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“Kicking the Bucket List” Teaches Readers to Downsize

Gail Rubin makes life organization and end-of-life planning an easy process

If you’ve ever had a loved one die and had to sort through room after room of their life’s possessions, you know what a long, difficult process it can be. And if you’ve ever had to wade through your own … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Collateral Beauty,” written by Allan Loeb

Loeb’s movie negatively portrays the grieving process as a problem that must be eliminated

Sitting in the movie theater, I was excited. I had my leather seat reclined, a tub of popcorn on the armrest and my Kleenex tissues readily accessible. I had heard mixed reviews about “Collateral Beauty,” but I wanted to form … Continue reading

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How Dare You Die Now!

Acknowledging the anger or pain of an earlier-than-expected death

“I’m so angry – I can’t forgive him for dying and leaving me,” whispered Amy. “Does that make me a bad person?” Sweethearts since high school, Amy and Don had been inseparable, and married at age 20. Now, the future they had … Continue reading

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How Can Natural Rituals Ease Grief?

An Interview with Christina Zampitella, Part One

Welcome to part one of our interview with Christina Zampitella, Psy.D., FT. Dr. Zampitella is a full-time professor and also performs private practice at the Integrative Psychology Group. As part of her dissertation, she studied creating natural rituals with adults … Continue reading

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“Memorial to D.C.” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Poem to a lost friend evokes love and longing

There is an old joke among writers that nobody likes to write but everybody likes to have written. Nothing could have been further from the truth for poet and playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay (1889-1950). Her love affair with words began … Continue reading

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