On This Day

Sarah Lyman Kravits June 21, 2017 On this day in 2014, three years ago, my brother died. He was killed by a drunk driver who also died in the crash. On this day, here in the northern hemisphere, summer begins….

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Grief & weather

Sarah Lyman Kravits April 25, 2017 I know people whose emotions fluctuate in response to the weather, but I never used to be one of them. Similar to what my father calls a “teacher-proof” student (one motivated to learn no…

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Something will always be wrong

Sarah Lyman Kravits March 22, 2017 Not long ago, I had one of those days. They come along periodically, and randomly, it seems. I wake up with a nagging sensation of trouble. Initially I wonder if I’ve neglected to take…

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Beyond Christmas Grief: Reducing the Anniversary Reaction Effects

Anniversary reactions can be times of intense emotional struggle for the newly bereaved. Anniversary reactions are experienced usually for a number of years following a death. These often occur at times that held a lot of family time and are…

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64 Tips for Coping with Grief at the Holidays

Back in the beginning of October I made this random list of 64 things I wish someone had told me about grief.  We got approximately a zillion amazing comments with the things you wish someone had told you about grief…

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How to Survive Thanksgiving Day Grief

Thanksgiving Day can feel particularly cruel to those mourning the death of a loved one. Not only can the bereaved find it difficult to feel appreciative during this annual time of giving thanks, but the traditions, rituals, and gatherings we…

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Children and Grief

Children’s Grief Awareness Day is designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children — and of the benefits they obtain through the support of others. Children’s Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to make…

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The Best Drug I’ve Ever Taken Wasn’t Even a Drug. It Was EMDR Therapy.

Comedian Adam Cayton-Holland, co-creator and star of the truTV series Those Who Can’t, is used to making light of life’s darkest moments. In his first book, Tragedy Plus Time: A Tragi-Comic Memoir, Cayton-Holland recounts one of the most devastating events…

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Sleep and Grief

Grief is an essential human experience. We’ll all experience grief throughout our lives, some of us more than others. Just as grief affects all of us, it also pervades all aspects of our lives. When we are grieving, our thoughts…

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Sleep Guide For Anxiety

Anxiety comes in many forms, from the general worry that comes from everyday life to the intense fear caused by major psychiatric disorders. As debilitating as anxiety can be to our mental and physical health, it’s also corrosive to our…

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