GRIEF NOTES

GRIEF NOTES by Dr. Sandra Howlett, Ed.D In the February 22, 2007 issue of the Journal of American Medical Association, researchers studied how people grieve.  While it is true that many people do feel shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance, the study revealed that what most people felt most deeply was a profound sense …

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THE MYTH of CLOSURE

THE MYTH of CLOSURE by Sandra Howlett, Ed.D “Closure” is a term frequently used following a death. Some of the events that are often said to provide closure range from final conversations, funerals or memorials, distributing the belongings of our deceased loved one, moving to a different home, and learning the official cause of death. …

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WHAT IS GRIEF

WHAT IS GRIEF by Sandra Howlett, Ed.D. Grief is a natural, normal response to death loss.  It is not a mental illness.  Grief has it’s own timetable and it is different for everyone.  One thing almost everyone agrees on is that it is longer and harder than anyone wants it to be. For most people, the first …

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