Preparing for the Death of a Loved One

The impending death of a loved one is always a difficult emotional time, but knowing what to expect during a loved one’s final days can help you prepare to handle the event. The physical and emotional-spiritual-mental signs and symptoms of impending death which follow are offered to help families understand the natural kinds of changes which may happen during the … Read More

The 5 Stages of Loss and Grief

The death of your loved one might inspire you to evaluate your own feelings of mortality. Throughout each stage, a common thread of hope emerges: As long as there is life, there is hope. As long as there is hope, there is life. Many people do not experience the stages in the order listed below, which is okay. The key … Read More

Dealing with Loss

  See the original article here. Times of emotional crisis and upset often involve some kind of loss. For example, the loss of a loved one or the end of a marriage or relationship. Most people grieve when they lose something or someone important to them. Grieving can feel unbearable but it’s a necessary process. How does grief make you … Read More

Giving Thanks

“God’s goodness has been great to thee. Let never day nor night unhallowed pass but still remember what the Lord hath done…” – Shakespeare Perhaps it was always this way but it seems that in today’s frantic “rat-race” existence, many of us are so busy trying to get more of everything that we fail to e thankful for what God … Read More

Significance

“The significance of a man is not in what he attains but rather in what he longs to attain…”     Kahil Gibran We all tend to measure the worth of an individual by his achievements.  If a person has succeeded as a great scientist, statesman, or literary giant, we assign to him the status of great significance. Gibran, a talented Lebanese … Read More

Economy

“Economy is the art of making the most of life.  The love of economy is the root of all virtue…” –        George Bernard Shaw Maybe you never thought of “economy” as anything except scrimping and doing without.  Actually, as Shaw tells us, we economize in order to conserve our assets.  Thus we are able o derive even greater pleasure at … Read More

When grief doesn’t go away

It’s normal to feel sad, numb, or angry following a loss. But as time passes, these emotions should become less intense as you accept the loss and start to move forward. If you aren’t feeling better over time, or your grief is getting worse, it may be a sign that your grief has developed into a more serious problem, such … Read More

Coping with grief and loss tip 2: Take care of yourself

When you’re grieving, it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself. The stress of a major loss can quickly deplete your energy and emotional reserves. Looking after your physical and emotional needs will help you get through this difficult time. Face your feelings. You can try to suppress your grief, but you can’t avoid it forever. In order … Read More

Coping with grief and loss tip 1: Get support

The single most important factor in healing from loss is having the support of other people. Even if you aren’t comfortable talking about your feelings under normal circumstances, it’s important to express them when you’re grieving. Sharing your loss makes the burden of grief easier to carry. Wherever the support comes from, accept it and do not grieve alone. Connecting … Read More

Abstinence

“Abstinence is as easy for me as temperance would be difficult…”      Samuel Johnson There is a great deal of wisdom in Dr. Johnson’s epigram.  For those who might not be familiar with any words he used, Dr. Johnson is remembered chiefly as a lexicographer, and developed one of the first authoritative dictionaries. Johnson tells us that if we want to … Read More