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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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Grief Counselor. Please send me a message if interested in grief counseling services.

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Rituals To Commemorate

Rituals are effective and meaningful when they have significance to the deceased and to the survivor. The following are merely suggestions and might be altered and enhanced to appropriately accommodate the relationship involved.

  • Prepare a favorite meal of the loved one and enjoy it as he/she did.
  • Prepare a favorite dessert – share with family or friends.
  • Watch a movie(s) enjoyed by your loved one.
  • Plant flowers, a tree or a flowering bush in…
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Posted on June 16, 2017 at 2:46pm

Recommended Book by David Kessler

Visions, Trips, and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die

  David Kessler, expert on death and grief, takes on three uniquely shared experiences that challenge our ability to explain and fully understand the mystery of our final days. The first is “visions".  As the dying lose sight of this world, some people appear to be looking into the world to come.…

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Posted on May 10, 2017 at 3:07pm — 2 Comments

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

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At 3:20pm on August 13, 2017, Jacki Fredericks said…

Hi Diana,

I'm so sorry for all the losses you have gone through. You are a very kind, and caring person to have created this site, and I greatly appreciate it. I pray love finds you, and you love yourself. I think you're 1 awesome lady! Take good care. Many Blessings, good health, and much love are sent to you from  many. 

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

"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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Dolly commented on Diana, Grief Counselor's blog post After Death Communication
"I wish I would hear a guitar strum again or see lights turned on by themselves or a song on the computer by itself... none of these are happening any more it seems..."
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Dolly commented on Diana, Grief Counselor's blog post After Death Communication
"I have been smelling pipe smoke a lot in the last several months.... just all of a sudden really strong and I keep looking out the window to see if the guy next door is outside on his porch or yard smoking a pipe... but always there's cars in…"
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Jennifer commented on Diana, Grief Counselor's blog post After Death Communication
"Last night I smelled roasted peanuts.  It was so strong and there was no reason for me to be smelling peanuts of any kind.  We liked honey roasted peanuts as a snack but they weren't his favorite.  It wasn't a small whiff…"
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JO B commented on Diana, Grief Counselor's blog post After Death Communication
"i fodn a fehtr agan 2 day i did a big 1 so i pict up im getn few 1s laty dolly dnt no its coz iv had rolcosr yr ths yr dnt np yrs bean wot u call sh>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>t u cud say nt goin2 pt swer…"
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Janie m Snitko commented on Karen's group I miss my Mom!
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Linda Engberg replied to Jennifer's discussion They don't understand. in the group Lost My Spouse...
"Jennifer, It has been 4 years since I lost my Husband and soulmate to cancer. My family and friends tell me that time will things better. To tell you the truth the only way I keep my sanity, is adopting a dog and seeing my therapist and…"
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KIM Montgomery replied to Jennifer's discussion They don't understand. in the group Lost My Spouse...
"Jennifer, my husband passed May 2, 2017.  We had a wonderful marriage and we loved each other with all of our hearts.  Jack was an awesome person.  I am currently going through this with my own family.  I am away from my family…"
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KIM Montgomery commented on Jon-Paul Ackerman's group Lost My Spouse...
"Hello, well I made it through my 1st anniversary without him.  It was a really hard day, Wednesday.  I miss him like crazy and love him so much. Today I just feel numb.  All these stages of grief are exhausting.  Working full…"
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Repost: Is It Wrong to Grieve?

Is It Wrong to Grieve?Have you ever had a brief bout with illness? Perhaps you recovered so quickly that you have practically forgotten the episode. Well, grief is not like that. “There is no such thing as ‘getting over’ grief,” writes Dr. Alan Wolfelt in his book Healing a Spouse’s Grieving Heart. However, he adds: “Over time and with the support of others, your grief will soften.”As an example, consider how the patriarch Abraham reacted when his wife died. The Bible says that “Abraham began…See More
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Angela commented on Angela's blog post I lost My Mom
"I think because my daughter is giving me my first grand child it has blocked out some of the hurt I feel. Even though I am not crying I do think about my mom all the time, everyday"
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Alice Thompson commented on Jon-Paul Ackerman's group Lost My Spouse...
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Brett Bowman commented on Karen's group I miss my Mom!
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John T. commented on Jon-Paul Ackerman's group Lost My Spouse...
"Hello AnneJ and everyone,  In a couple of weeks it will be 3 years since I lost all that mattered to me.  Six months ago I started unpacking and hung some pictures where I live now.  I did it out of embarrassment rather than a desire…"
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They don't understand.

How do you deal with well meaning family/friends who just don't understand what you're going through? 2 of my sisters-in-law still have their husbands.  One does not have a good marriage, she talks about her husband dying flippantly she says things like "I know if _____ died I would use the insurance money to go on that vacation he never wants to go on."  Then in the next breath "Are you still going on your cruise next year?  I could take (my husband's) place if you want so you're not alone."…See More
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Janie m Snitko commented on Karen's group I miss my Mom!
"Today was a good day! I love you and thank you so very much Mama! I think of you everyday while cleaning up your home and getting it ready for sale. It is still hard for me to go there and not seeing you watching Dr.Phil and judge Judy! I have not…"
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Beth Swansboro posted a status
"I am just learning this new place to talk. Not real sure how it works. I will stop in again. Thinking alot tonite of my husband. Sad."
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Beth Swansboro posted a status
"I get sad when I see family together. My son who is an only child I feel pain for. He lost the person he loved so much and talked to alot."
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Beth Swansboro posted a status
"Been reading the articles past few days. Lost my husband Nov. 2015. Not a day goes by I wish he were here. I will like being able to be here"
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Jennifer commented on Jon-Paul Ackerman's group Lost My Spouse...
"Apparently, I have found the anger that my counselor and everyone else has been saying I was going to feel.  To this point, all I have felt is sad or numb.  Well, the last 2 days I have not been able to stand to see happy families.…"
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Diane commented on Angela's blog post I lost My Mom
"My mom had renal failure , she passed away December 2015. I still miss her everyday of my breathing, during this time I had broken my right wrist on a Friday Dec. 11 2015 my mom died on the 17. The pain was in so many directions, leaving the…"
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Diane posted a status
"It's been 2 years since my mom died, I still miss her , it will be 3 years really in December. I miss u mom. Love you so much,"
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AnneJ commented on Jon-Paul Ackerman's group Lost My Spouse...
"Hi, Linda. I feel the same way as you. I feel like you could walk right into my home, sit down, and we wouldn't have to say a word and be completely understood by one another. It's been 3 years and 10 months since my Beloved man died, the…"
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