Grief is a natural response to loss or a traumatic event that wrecks your world and leaves you wondering how to put things back together. Grieving is a process that takes time to go through, and it can be complicated and emotionally overwhelming. In this section, you’ll find information about common stages of grief and advice on how to process strong emotions and move forward.

Post-traumatic Growth Grief and Trauma

Post-traumatic Growth: The Unexpected Outcome of Traumatic Experience

Reading Time: 8 minutes She lived through “it” – the experience that changed her forever. She knew she would experience some intense emotions in the weeks and months that followed – and she did. She knew she would struggle – and she did. What she didn’t expect was to find a new appreciation for life and a strength she didn’t know she had. While she would never forget what…

June 22, 2022

Trauma Denial Grief and Trauma

Trauma Denial: Why It Can Help and Hurt Your Healing

Reading Time: 7 minutes Sometimes things are just too heavy to think about. Following a traumatic event, it isn’t unusual for people to want to avoid thinking about it much less deal with it. We, as humans, want to avoid pain be it physical or emotional. Recalling what happened can bring up memories and even sensations that are painful and sometimes, even scary. You might think that avoiding stirring…

June 10, 2022

Top Grief Theories and Models Grief and Trauma

Top Grief Theories and Models

Reading Time: 6 minutes Having a variety of emotions, including anger, guilt, and sadness, is normal when processing a loss. While everyone experiences their grief differently, there are some theories that can help explain the grieving process so that we can make sense of what we are experiencing. Here, learn about a few of the top theories of grief. Some theories may seem more relevant to you than others,…

May 13, 2022

Anticipatory Grief Grief and Trauma

10 Ways to Cope with Anticipatory Grief

Reading Time: 7 minutes After recently giving birth, a friend of mine was diagnosed with a terminal and aggressive form of brain cancer. In disbelief, I wrote to her about holding onto hopes for advancements in medicine and new treatments. True to her nature, she thoughtfully replied that while it’s safe and normal to hang onto those hopes, it’s also important and meditative to just be aware of her…

April 26, 2022

How to Support Someone with Complex PTSD Grief and Trauma

How to Support Someone with Complex PTSD

Reading Time: 7 minutes Flashbacks, nightmares, fear of abandonment, distrust, hypervigilance, dissociation, unpredictable and upsetting emotions, panic. It’s awful to see someone you love suffer from complex PTSD that occurs due to prolonged exposure to trauma. It affects you too. You may feel like you’re walking on eggshells and be struggling to understand their behavior and how to best support them. In this article, we’ll talk about the steps…

April 19, 2022

Disenfranchised grief Grief and Trauma

Disenfranchised Grief: Recognizing Unrecognized Grief

Reading Time: 12 minutes “My mom called me to say that our cat died after a prolonged illness. This heartbroken news made me cry and feel deep sorrow. I was mourning all day long, and my partner, knowing about this, asked me to relax, cheer up, and have some fun. – I can’t! Don’t you see, I feel awful? – But why? It was just an old cat! You…

February 4, 2022

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Grief and Trauma Parenting

PTSD in Children: What It Is and How You Can Help

Reading Time: 5 minutes Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder. In adults, it most commonly occurs after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event such as war or combat, a natural disaster, a serious accident, physical or sexual assault or the threat of a serious incident. Children can also be affected by PTSD. Children and teenagers who experience or witness a traumatic event may go on to develop…

September 16, 2021

Stress Disorder Grief and Trauma

What Are the Symptoms of PTSD?

Reading Time: 5 minutes If you are living with painful memories from a traumatic experience, you might be wondering if you are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Feeling scared during and after traumatic situations is natural as fear spurs your body’s “fight or flight” response to protect you from harm. However, if you do not recover from these reactions after your trauma and you experience ongoing stress…

June 5, 2021

grief and loss Grief and Trauma

Grief: How to Cope with the Loss of a Loved One

Reading Time: 5 minutes Grief is a normal response to losing someone you love or care about. Often characterized by feelings of profound sorrow or sadness, grief can also cause you to feel other emotions like guilt, anger, and fear. It can also manifest itself physically with symptoms such as headaches, muscle pain, digestive problems, and feeling very tired and weak. Grief is a unique and personal experience, so…

April 14, 2021

grief Grief and Trauma

Complicated Grief: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

Reading Time: 4 minutes Losing someone you love is never easy; it takes time to heal, accept loss, and adjust. For most people, the feelings of hurt, sadness, and sorrow gradually ease as they go through a normal, healthy grieving process. But for some, negative feelings can persist or intensify as time goes on, making it hard to recover and resume everyday life. This is known as complicated grief,…

April 13, 2021