As a professional who has worked with Holocaust Survivors for almost 18 years as a group facilitator and case manager, I can easily say their grief is different and life lasting. Imagine suffering as they did and losing entire families, being the only survivor out of 10, 30, 60 people when you think of extended family members. Imagine returning to your town, city or country after the war and almost every Jew is gone?
This is definitely an article worth reading!
Source: The Holocaust: Bereavement takes a different course
We may have all experienced death and loss, but we can never know exactly how another feels. Each person experiences death, dying, grief, bereavement and loss in their own unique way… be careful with that expression, “I know exactly how you feel.”
Source: Why we should all stop saying “I know exactly how you feel” – ideas.ted.com
“My first oncologist, basically his first words to me were, ‘We’re not beating this.’ He didn’t say hi to me. He didn’t get to know me,” Walters said.
That is not how it should be at all! Where is the get to know one another part? The caring part? Empathy? How about basic humanity? This is where medical professionals need to change their ‘bedside’ manner and put themselves in the patient’s shoes.
Good for those that choose a ‘celebration of life ceremony’ before they die so they can say goodbye to friends and family, and friends and family can say goodbye to them.
Source: ‘As real as it gets’: Dying B.C. man says goodbye at his ‘living wake’ | CTV News
“Grief is the normal and natural emotional response to loss of any kind.” Grief is not just about death. Grief is about loss; loss of a relationship, of a job, moving, leaving home for university…
This is an excellent article and a wonderful resource/reference tool.
Source: Grief affects concentration. Emotional jet lag.
A very good article about loss, death, grief…take a look. It lists in a very comprehensive way what caregivers and family often regret after someone has died.
Source: Regret & Loss: When Remorse Hinders Healing – Grief In Common
Looks like a very good book and a wonderful reference book…
Originally posted on Grieve Well: When I first ran across “Resilience: The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges,” by Steven M. Southwick and Dennis S. Charney, I thought it could be the ultimate book of evidence-based grief coping strategies. Written by a couple of medical doctors, chock full of references to hundreds of scientific papers,…
We have to stop being so hard on ourselves…sadness is normal. If we were happy all the time, we would never truly appreciate happiness…
Source: Just Because You Get Sad Doesn’t Mean You Aren’t Healing | Thought Catalog