Archive for the ‘Grief and Loss’ Category

10 Jun

The Journey of Grief: From Intruder to Companion

Sheryl Sandberg’s essay on her first 30 days of widowhood threw me back and forth for a while: back into that long ago day when I was flattened by the overwhelming shock of grief, forward again into the present when I am no longer shocked,… Read More

16 Dec

When Holidays Are Blue

It has been a privilege for me to accompany people on their evolving journeys with grief and, despite what department store and elevator music is telling us, this is not always the ‘happ-happiest’ time of the year for everyone. All of us have experienced some… Read More

27 Aug

Tips for Talking to Kids About Tragedy

Ferguson. Newtown. Earthquakes. Robin Williams.  It's hard to know what to say, how to say it and when to say it, especially when trying to explain difficult topics to little minds. Here are some things to be mindful of when trying to make sense of… Read More

19 Aug

Back-to-School Blues

Jeff Beers, LMFT is a former Staff Therapist at Council for Relationships. He now serves as Staff Therapist and Manager of Operations and Program Development at Menergy, an intervention, treatment, training and education program working to stop harmful behavior and intimate partner violence. Fall brings… Read More

18 Aug

Farewell To Robin Williams

Once again we are faced with another celebrity’s untimely tragic death. Robin Williams’ suicide at the age of 63 last weekend reminds us of the tragic consequences of the double difficulty between depression and substance abuse. Mr. Williams’ long history of addiction is well chronicled;… Read More

30 Jul

The Art of Grief

Lately we have heard of the tragic deaths of hundreds of people from all over the world. Many of their bodies will never be found or returned to their loved ones for a proper burial and memorial. Grieving families may never really know what actually… Read More

20 Aug

Getting Unstuck with EMDR

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR, has helped millions of people find relief from distress and misery over the last 20+ years, but I'm still amazed that it is often unknown and misunderstood. In my clinical practice, I've found it to be the most effective… Read More

19 Jul

Grief and Loss

In her 2005 memoir "The Year of Magical Thinking," recounting both joyful and painful memories of love and loss in her family, the writer and author Joan Didion counsels readers that "grief when it comes, is nothing we expect it to be." We ask ourselves… Read More

14 Jun

Helping Children Grieve: Expressing Emotions, Affirming the Universal

It is a Tuesday evening in January, 2010. The room is abuzz with the energy of 12 children, ages 7-9, who show up in this large room most weeks from 6-8 pm to play and talk and have a snack. These children have something in… Read More