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Coming Through: Good Grief, Again?

Going through the archives of GBB, I frequently find comments where people ask why their brains insist on not just remembering that someone is gone, but reminding them they’re gone. We forget for a few precious seconds and have our minds to ourselves, then bam, we’re hit again. We see a show and laugh, reaching […]

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Comfort Without Lies for Small Children

A member of our community wrote to the Grief Beyond Belief Facebook page: My mother has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. I have a three year old son who is very close to her. Does anyone know of any non-religious resources to help small children deal with grief? It isn’t easy, and sometimes even people […]

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Open the Box: Dr. Nancy Berns on the Problems with “Closure”

From a TEDx  talk by Nancy Berns, PhD, “Beyond Closure: The Space Between Joy and Grief”: As humans, we have the capacity to carry joy and grief at the same time. So what would happen, if rather than telling people to put a lid on their pain, we open the box and listen to people’s […]

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Grief Psychology Week Conclusion: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

We have reached the end of a week of grief psychology posts, featuring  Sue Morris’ “The psychology of grief — applying cognitive and behaviour therapy principles.”  The article closes with a brief explanation of how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy itself functions in treating grief in a psycho-therapeutic setting: CBT for grief The goal of CBT is to […]

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Grief Psychology Continued: The Wave-Like Pattern of Grief

This is the fourth in a series of excerpts from Sue Morris’ “The psychology of grief — applying cognitive and behaviour therapy principles“: The wave-like pattern of grief The experience of grief is best described as following a wave-like pattern which provides a useful framework in helping the bereaved understand their experience and, in turn, […]

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Grief Psychology Continued: Expectations

More from Sue Morris’ “The psychology of grief — applying cognitive and behaviour therapy principles“: Expectations How someone thinks about life and death has a significant impact on how he or she will grieve. Most people expect that children will outlive their parents and that the majority of us will live long and healthy lives. […]

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More Grief Psychology: Loss, Change and Control

Again, from Psychologist Sue Morris’ “The psychology of grief — applying cognitive and behaviour therapy principles”: Loss, change and control Loss, change and control are three of the major psychological components of grief. When somebody dies we naturally focus on ‘who’ died. But with any death comes the loss of so many other things. These […]

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A Week of Grief Psychology

Psychologist Sue Morris, the Director of Bereavement Services at the Dana-Farber cancer Institute in Boston, has written an accessible and useful article, “The psychology of grief — applying cognitive and behaviour therapy principles,” for the Australian Psychological Society website.  This week we will explore the ideas she explains in the article. Understanding grief No two people […]

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