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About Me:
I am a Grief Counselor and Nutritionist who has worked with Hospice and the bereaved since 2001.
About my Loss:
I've lost a brother and sister, father and mother, grandparents, friend, fiance, step-son, cousin and ex-husband. Overwhelmed by grief, I created Online Grief Support. It's a community of people helping people. Thank YOU for making this community what it is today.
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Typical responses associated with Grief

  • Reduced concentration
  • A sense of numbness
  • Disrupted sleeping patterns
  • Changed eating habits
  • Emotional Roller coaster

Posted on March 20, 2017 at 2:21pm — 2 Comments

Have you experienced the death of a spouse in the past five years?

Have you experienced the death of a spouse in the past five years?

Are you between the ages of 18-64? If so, researchers from the University of Illinois are interested in hearing your story. We are conducting interviews with individuals who have recently lost a spouse. Interested participants will engage in an audio-recorded interview about their experiences with loss. Interviews will take approximately 45–90 minutes and will remain confidential. Participants who are U.S. citizens,…

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Posted on March 12, 2017 at 4:30pm

Healthy Self Care

Developing a healthy self-care practice is an essential part of active grieving. Self-care in all its forms - physical, spiritual, intellectual and psychological - is at the very heart of purposeful grieving. As you're committed to growing through this experience of loss - of becoming more than you were before the passing of your loved one, not less - I offer you these self-care tips and ideas:

  • Surround yourself with things that help you feel…
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Posted on December 30, 2016 at 1:44pm

Don't Lose Your Focus

When we grieve we sometimes lose our focus.

You can choose what you want to focus on.  Choose!  Choose what you CAN do. Honor and care for each other… Smile… Say thank you… Let the person ahead of you in line… Hold the door for someone… Help the elderly with a task… Give a compliment… Be courteous and polite… Say hello… Offer help to others… Be a good listener… Start a conversation with someone… Give someone…

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Posted on November 30, 2016 at 7:37pm — 2 Comments

Good can come from Pain

No one is prepared for grief. The rush of feelings, the thoughts, anxieties, and heartache can take us by surprise and drive us to our knees. Yet, when we choose to harness that power for self-growth, amazing things can happen. Good can come from pain.

Learn to tell your story differently. Take the victim mentality out of the story of loss you tell yourself and others and replace it with the word survivor to return to a sense of control over your…

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Posted on November 29, 2016 at 12:38pm — 3 Comments

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At 2:46pm on January 27, 2017, Chris said…

i'm sorry about the loved ones you've lost.  it all seems like an awful lot for 1 person to go through.  i'm trying to get through the grief of losing my dad right now and it sure is hard.  i'm so glad I found this forum.

At 10:25am on December 28, 2016, Pamela philipp said…
Thankyou for the article I will look into those suggestions I will let you know how or if they work
At 2:32pm on December 27, 2016, Pamela philipp said…
I was wondering if you received my message I sent you
At 3:38pm on December 25, 2016, Pamela philipp said…
Hi Diana had a question I was wondering if you know a good but natural remedy for anxiety I don't Believe in antidepressants of any kind my problem is every time I go in public I get very anxious and have to leave and get right back home I don't like being out in public don't like being in grocery stores really don't like being around people but I won't take any pills don't like them I have my reasons my sister committed suicide years ago enough said if you have any suggestions let me know thanks
At 9:40am on December 5, 2016, mhi gp said…

hi. i can't remember what i said as i've been ill in bed for weeks.

i guess am wondering what happens in this particular group, please

At 8:49am on November 25, 2016, Diana, Grief Counselor said…
All people are different in their journey of healing. Give others grace, acceptance, compassion and kindness on their journey.
At 4:58am on February 8, 2016, Michael Thompson said…

Hi Diana Y, Im doing badly.  Its been around 15 months for me now since my wife passed, and I still cant believe she has gone.  There's a hole in my life now, and it will never be filled.  I watched some online video's recently just to have her near to me, I cried my heart out.  I also feel very sorry for our Yorkie pup, because my wife had Yorkies all her life, they were like little people to her, she was devoted to Yorkie's.  Thanks for enquiring about me.

Michael UK

At 11:35am on June 11, 2015, Mark said…

Hi Diana,

 I have an acquaintance that anxious to join.  Could you please review your requests to join at your earliest convenience.

Thanks in advance

Mark

At 6:42am on May 2, 2015, Michael Thompson said…

Hi Diana Y.  I lost my wife to cancer last September 2014, we were married 22 years, how would you feel about Skyping with me ?

Michael UK

At 5:21pm on March 19, 2015, JO B gave Diana, Grief Counselor a gift
"When a person is born we rejoice, and when they're married we jubilate, but when they die we try to pretend nothing has happened." -- Margaret Mead

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Gilda commented on Diana, Grief Counselor's group I love my Dad.
"Michael, I'm so sorry for what you had to go through with your dad at the hospital.  I also feel like the medications killed my dad and that the hospital stopped caring, because he was old (86). I found some comfort at the following…"
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ADULT CHILD GRIEIVNG

Lost my dad 1-2-17 from dementia and malignant tumor.  Grieving never started till weeks later when my world crashed.  Everyday, memories of woulda, coulda and shoulda haunt me.  Too many what if's.  Never want to wake up.  Caring for him after hospital meds destroyed his mind.  Modern science and doctors are pathetic and I voiced my anger to the medical staff who were unable to give me a logical response!!!  A living hell for my dad and I.  I would endure his agony again and againSee More
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bluebird commented on Diana, Grief Counselor's blog post Typical responses associated with Grief
"Yep. All five of them and more, since the moment my husband died. "
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Michael commented on Diana, Grief Counselor's group I love my Dad.
"Lost my dad 1-2-17 from dementia and malignant tumor.  Grieving never started till weeks later when my world crashed.  Everyday, memories of woulda, coulda and shoulda haunt me.  Too many what if's.  Never want to wake…"
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Kevin Bailey commented on Jon-Paul Ackerman's group Lost My Spouse...
"It is sad Trina but it is our truth. When my wife was here I'd dream about the good times that we would have when the kids finally cleared out. How I could really turn all the attention to her and spoil her, take her out and have date nights,…"
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BLUEBELL commented on Karen's group I miss my Mom!
"Theresa Thank you for your words of encouragement. I hope you are right. I pray that you find some enjoyment on your day off. Sending hugs and love you way, Bluebell"
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Theresa commented on Karen's group I miss my Mom!
"Bluebell, being a hospice nurse has to be tough I think you are right because of your own experience you will be stronger than you think. I am off today and I am going to run errands it helps to occupy my mind, but not completely.  "
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Trina Mamoon commented on Jon-Paul Ackerman's group Lost My Spouse...
"I just read the recent posts and wanted to say how only this evening I was thanking the universe that we humans are mortal. Whether it takes another 30 years (and like Jackie the thought of another 30 years terrifies me and saddens me beyond words)…"
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Jackie cooke commented on Jon-Paul Ackerman's group Lost My Spouse...
"Your so right, a charade describes it exactly, just pretending all the time. I to have been left with not knowing how to do the bills, there is no money anyway now, I never did any of the finance stuff and the suddenness of her death meant there was…"
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morgan commented on Jon-Paul Ackerman's group Lost My Spouse...
"Digging deeper in my hole again........of course I'm not sure I mean, again......it seems like i think I emerge but then there I am again........digging furiously so I can escape.  This is the hardest, most painful, most misunderstood…"
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Kevin Bailey commented on Jon-Paul Ackerman's group Lost My Spouse...
"I was in denial even when they was talking about hospice. I was thinking she's not going anywhere, we're in recovery mood but I do need a nurse to help me with some things. Cancer is a wicked disease and it took my beautiful wife through…"
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Kathleen Jordan commented on Jon-Paul Ackerman's group Lost My Spouse...
"I soo believe that....I see him, or feel him every day...It's hard to stay posititve...but   it works"
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Losing Someone to Cancer

This is for anyone who has lost somone to cancer. I lost my adopted Mom to breast cancer some years ago. She was everything I could have asked for. She loved me because I was just me. She also loved my family and children as if they were her own.See More
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Crystal commented on Jon-Paul Ackerman's group Lost My Spouse...
"Yeah, Ben was told 5 months at christmas, but he made it 3 months. It was fast and aggressive. He was on hospice for 1.5 months. He was up and walking around after his brain surgery in july, did great all the way till chriatmas, but the cancer came…"
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Kathleen Jordan commented on Jon-Paul Ackerman's group Lost My Spouse...
"Crystal...you were lucky to have enough  time to learn while he was on hospice....I had 3  whole days of coherence.  But, I seriously did appreciate  it, even though he thought he was going to make 6 months"
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BLUEBELL commented on Karen's group I miss my Mom!
"I have been blessed with a very understanding set of people at work. They have told me to take my time coming back to work and have ask if there is anything they can do to help, just ask. They knew how much my life was centered on taking care of my…"
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Heather commented on Karen's group I miss my Mom!
"Hi Theresa, It is the same for me in terms of my job. I'm a special education assistant and have worked with kids for over 20 years with varying special needs. The last 5 years I have specialized in working with children with autism. I started…"
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Theresa commented on Karen's group I miss my Mom!
"Heather I feel the same way and the weather here has been the same I'm in Pennsylvania You were not rambling It just lets me know I'm not alone Are used to always look forward to summer to go to the pool see my friends now I feel like I…"
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Heather commented on Karen's group I miss my Mom!
"Hi Theresa, I understand what you are talking about. I work in a very large school and have been there for 3 years and no one acknowledged or asked about how my mom was doing (I had to take some days off in the last month of the last school year to…"
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Theresa commented on Karen's group I miss my Mom!
"No Bluebell, any death is difficult for all of us right now. Sometimes though I feel numb towards others that have lost a loved one I have people come in to my place of employment all the time (jewelry store) that have lost parents and they seem so…"
17 hours ago
Crystal commented on Jon-Paul Ackerman's group Lost My Spouse...
"Same here. I've never been on my own. His beING on hospice , though he was able to stay at home, he was completely immobile, so I learned how to do all the things most men would do naturally, even paying bills, which I never have done. So he…"
18 hours ago
Jackie cooke commented on Jon-Paul Ackerman's group Lost My Spouse...
"I know, it shouldn't have happend and the thought of another 30 odd years alone terrifies me"
19 hours ago
Crystal commented on Jon-Paul Ackerman's group Lost My Spouse...
"When I said "til death do us part" during our wedding vows, I never thought that that would ever happen.. I didn't mean it. He's still apart of me."
19 hours ago
Jackie cooke commented on Jon-Paul Ackerman's group Lost My Spouse...
"I'm just the same,,it's still we, us, ours I don't want to be I, me or mine. I signed an email jackie n Shirl the other day, realised what I'd done and it nearly killed me. I never want to be a single person"
21 hours ago

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