Tag Archives: grief

“Grief is just Anger” – Grief Myth

I always like to start by affirming a couple of basics of grief from the Grief Recovery Method®: Grief is the normal and natural emotional response to a loss of any kind. Grief is unique and relates directly to the uniqueness of human relationships,  No two relationships are the same Grief is conflicting feelings caused by…
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When we Experience Grief

All Grief Is Experienced at 100% Remembering that grief is the normal and natural response to a loss of any kind and that no two people experience loss the same way - All grief is experienced at 100%.  This doesn’t mean that all grief is experienced at the same level of emotional intensity.  We experience…
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Loss has many faces

Grief is often associated with the physical death of someone we care about.  While grief certainly is experienced when we lose someone we love, there are many different kinds of loss that might cause us to experience grief. Grief is the natural and normal emotional response to loss of any kind.   It is conflicting feelings…
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Dealing with Grief through Christmas

Christmas can be stressful - the gift buying, the busy social schedule, financial pressures.  These aside, for many people the holidays seem to make the grief we feel with the loss of a loved one extra fresh.  This grief can certainly be a result of losing a family member or close friend to death, and it…
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Potty Mouth Prayer

Is there a place for using a potty-mouth in prayer?  You know, profanity, swearing. In a moment of angst, and no other word will do, is it okay for followers of Jesus to let fly with the nasty four-letter words? Never? Maybe?  Depends on the word? As long as you conjugate them properly?  What’s your…
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Closure – Maybe not what you want

Words are important.  Words are symbols that are arranged in a certain order - but these string of symbols can carry great significance.  Words can be neutral or packed with negative or positive connotations which are greatly affected by the context in which they are used AND heard.  It is helpful to remember that communication is…
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Grief is …

Grief is messy. Grief is ugly. Grief is complex. Grief is painful. Grief is life-altering. Grief is a human experience - we all experience loss in a multiplicity of ways throughout our lives.  Some of these losses can be relatively minor, while others can prove to be cataclysmic, disruptive and painful. We are each unique, our…
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Loss

 I stand in dismay and great sorrow with the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. I am at a loss for words, with only a whisper of "oh dear God." My mind jumped back almost 14 years ago when we lived a similar horror here in Taber, Alberta, Where a student walked into our local high school…
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What Forgiveness can mean to You

Forgiveness is more than just forgiving because we think "it is the right thing to do" but because in choosing to forgive those who have hurt us we are taking a step toward peace with ourselves and thus towards a deep profound sense of freedom. Forgiveness doesn't mean we simply 'forget' what happened or that…
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