January 2009 Blog Posts (9)

2 weeks down the road

I have no idea how someone is supposed to feel when they've lost a child. I didn't realize how many of my thoughts were wrapped around my children--especially Jack since he lived with me. It's hard to participate in the reality of life. And even with all the folks who are keeping contact with me and trying to encourage me to keep going, I feel desperately alone. Work helps, but I am exhausted at the end of the day. I spend the day with a tight jaw and stiff neck, working 110% to keep the wild… Continue

Added by Margaret R. on January 28, 2009 at 8:34am — 1 Comment

Writing and Healing

Research has shown that writing can be emotionally and physically healing.



Online Grief Support uses the blog feature for writing therapy – You can choose to make it private or public. To get started, go to your profile page and locate the "Blog Posts" module in the middle column. Click the "Add a Blog Post" link. You can add text, links, images, and files to your blog post using the blog editor toolbar. You can also select the privacy of your blog post to allow anyone in the… Continue

Added by Jarvis on January 28, 2009 at 7:28am — 2 Comments

Web Grief

Funeral webcasts gain in popularity.

Added by Jarvis on January 20, 2009 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Therapeutic Communication with Loved Ones

A recent Beliefnet survey reveals that there are people of many religious traditions who believe they 'see dead people'. Check out the story here.

Have you had any experiences that you would like to share?

Added by Jarvis on January 20, 2009 at 6:34am — No Comments

AFTER LOSS CREDO

AFTER LOSS CREDO



I need to talk about my loss.

I may often feel the need to tell you what

happened - or to ask you why it happened.



I may frequently need for you to listen

while I explain what this loss means to me.

Each time I discuss my loss, I am helping myself

face the reality of the death of my loved one.



I need to know that you care about me.

I need to feel your touch, your hugs. I… Continue

Added by Jarvis on January 17, 2009 at 3:22pm — No Comments

How to Comfort Someone who is Grieving

* Behave naturally

* Show genuine concern

* Offer love patiently and unconditionally

* Offer hugs or an arm around the shoulder, as appropriate

* Sit next to the person who wants closeness

* Make it clear that you are there to listen

* Express your care and concern

* Say that you are sorry about the loss

* Say “I love you” if you feel close enough

* Talk openly and directly about the person who died

* Cry if you feel like crying

* Keep in… Continue

Added by Jarvis on January 11, 2009 at 8:23am — 3 Comments

Hurt

Added by Jarvis on January 9, 2009 at 1:41pm — No Comments

Life is too Short

Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don't. Believe everything happens for a reason.



If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it.



Nobody said life would be easy, they just promised it would be worth it.



If a dog was the teacher you would learn stuff like:



When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.



Never… Continue

Added by Jarvis on January 9, 2009 at 11:44am — No Comments

My Uncle - A Christmas Miracle

This from Owosso, Michigan

News

Hillsdale Michigan man injured on M-52 when deer ‘jumps' into his motorcycle



By DOMINIC ADAMS, Argus-Press Staff Writer



Saturday, August 16, 2008 12:58 AM EDT



Emergency responders rush Louis Moyer to an air ambulance Friday. Witnesses said Moyer, 71, of Hillsdale, was driving south on M-52 when a deer “jumped in his lap.” No other information was available because Shiawassee… Continue

Added by Jarvis on January 7, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

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