Essays and Opinion

How Meditation Can Help Ease the Path of Grieving

How Meditation Can Help Ease the Path of Grieving

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A writer’s experience and an expert’s advice ( Editor’s note: This is the third story in a four-part weekly series on meditation, including its benefits for pain management, mental health and overall well-being.]

Coping with Complicated Grief

Coping with Complicated Grief

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After loss, it’s a different path to ‘the new normal’ for those with depression.
“Thank you for the intervention. Friends and family came to be with me. I agreed to be admitted to hospital. Am waiting for a bed. I had a horrible breakdown. I am sorry for worrying you.”

How Pets Help When Our Hearts Are Breaking

How Pets Help When Our Hearts Are Breaking

Headspace.com
Personal narrative: How my cats helped me through grief and loss.
Joey the cat (as I fondly call him) jumps up on my desk again. I am annoyed because he knows he shouldn’t be there. He looks directly into my eyes. “I want your attention,” they tell me. “Stop what you’re doing! Focus on me, here, now, in this moment.”

What Not to Say to Someone Who’s Grieving

What Not to Say to Someone Who’s Grieving

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Narrative: People don’t always know what to say to someone who’s grieving so they often say the wrong things. Here are some tips on what not to say. “It was the day before the third anniversary of my husband’s death. The first anniversary was excruciating. The second was difficult but easier than the first. By the third year, I was at acceptance, the final stage of grief, where despite the loss and sorrow, I was finding happiness.”

Till Death Do Us Part: Living the Vows of Marriage

Till Death Do Us Part: Living the Vows of Marriage

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Personal Narrative: Reflections on grief and relationships.
We spend so much of our waking lives avoiding death-in more ways than one. When it comes to talking about the inevitable, it isn’t always easy.

Life After Death: Death, Grief, Mindfulness and Meditation

Life After Death: Death, Grief, Mindfulness and Meditation

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Personal Narrative: How meditation helped me through grief.
Personal Narrative: “It may sound cliché, but my life changed forever the day my husband, Bob, died. After 30 years of shared memories and life as I knew it, I went from we to me and began my journey of intense grieving. Grief isn’t the life you choose, it chooses you. It’s continually moving from ‘I have to tell him that,’ to ‘Oh no! I can’t!’ in a split second.”

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