Greetings from the
Building Grief Awareness
Recently I helped a young couple by mediating their divorce.
Part of the mediation process involved introducing them to the
topic of grief, one that most of us are little prepared to
handle or even recognize.
We all experience losses, many are necessary, some are
unplanned, and many seem insignificant and go unnoticed. Many
of us minimize the impact loss has on our lives. By learning
to recognize the impact of loss and ways to work through our
grief, we can help ourselves greatly.
My lead article is about the animals that I have learned
lessons from; i.e., my pets. As you read, you will see the
many times I had to deal with loss. As a younger, less aware
person I could have been helped if I had known more about the
grief process. I have also included an article from a
therapist on grief and this month's "Recommended
Reading," The Grief Recovery Handbook, is valuable
reading for everyone.
By Suzanne E.
I am a dog person. For those of you who do
not understand, let me explain. Dogs are important to my well
being. I love dogs and find it difficult to live without one.
I am in rapport with most dogs. Some of my earliest memories
as a child include a dog. Wherever I go, I notice dogs. I have
helped lost dogs find their way home and stray dogs find new
homes. I have owned many dogs in my life. I had no idea that I
would have so much to learn from my animal friends. How, you
may be asking, can one learn lessons from a dog?
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by Michael Yeager
My purpose for writing this article is to
encourage therapists, clients, clergy, sponsors, parents,
people in general to learn about grief recovery and aid in
healing the planet.
Let me define types of loss to help broaden your
understanding. Losses include any type of lifestyle change,
like the changes on September 11, 2001, loss of safety,
security, family, friends, and uniformity, sense of freedom of
movement, safety in our airways, in our places of business....
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By Suzanne E. Harrill
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Question: What do I do when
my wife’s minister wants to stop by for a talk? I do not
really want to meet him because I do not like traditional
Christianity and am happy with the church I attend. I do not
want to get into an argument or waste energy defending my
beliefs. And I do not want to join their church. In fact, I
have a hidden desire to be a minister myself someday, though
in a more progressive church, possibly like Unity Church.