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About griefminister

Director, GriefWorks & CounselingWorks Licensed Professional Counselor Certified in Thanatology (Study of Death, Dying & Bereavement) by The Association of Death Education and Counseling Grief Therapist, Educator, Consultant Author-"Love Never Dies: Embracing Grief with Hope and Promise.'

You Can Be Your Own Grief Coach

I know what you’re thinking. I can be my own grief coach? Really? Now just hold on and let me tell you why not only can you be your own grief coach but it is necessary for you to be your own … Continue reading

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Post Death Dreams & Signs: Are They Real Or Imagined?

Many mourners I counsel go through periods of deep yearning to experience the closeness or presence of the loved one who died.  Some of them share with me unique experiences that cause them to feel that closeness or to receive … Continue reading

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All You Need To Know About Getting Through Special Days In Grief

Worried about getting through an upcoming special day in your grief? Birthdays, anniversaries and holidays without your loved one can be difficult. But all you need to survive those dreaded days in grief is this short list:   Remember the … Continue reading

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The Absolute Worst Thing You Can Do For A Griever

The worst thing you can do for someone in grief: NOTHING Be there. Be available. Be loving and  supportive. Don’t be judgmental or controlling.  And if necessary be uncomfortable. Do all this as long as the griever needs you in … Continue reading

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Grief Used To Sell Hamburgers:  Right or Wrong?

Complaints against a McDonald’s ad in the U.K. featuringa   bereaved boy asking about his deceased father has caused the corporation to pull what critics called an insensitive ad.  What do you think?  Is childhood bereavement a taboo for advertisers? … Continue reading

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24 Years …And Still Grieving?

Over twenty years ago!  I can’t believe that this month May 2017 marks the 24th anniversary of the deaths of my 37-year-old wife Cindy and my two-year-old adopted daughter Katie.  Twenty four years!  That’s 11 years longer than the 13 years Cindy … Continue reading

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Becoming a Card Carrying Griever And Save Yourself Some Grief

Sometimes the answers to the most ticklish questions while you are grieving the loss of your loved one one can be really simple. Two problems that can face mourners can be solved by simply becoming a card-carrying griever. I’ll explain. … Continue reading

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Signs That You Are Healing in Grief

When you’re in the middle of grief, it’s hard to tell whether you are progressing and healing.  Movement in grief is usually very slow…so slow, in fact, that you never see it happening.   What signs can tell you when you … Continue reading

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Understanding the Five Principles of Grief

PRINCIPLE # 1: Grief is the natural response to loss. What you experience after a loss is absolutely normal to human beings. Grief is the love or emotional investment expressed for the person who died.  So in your struggle with … Continue reading

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What Mary Tyler Moore Taught Me About Grief

“Who can turn the world on with her smile? Who can take a nothing day and suddenly make it all seem worthwhile?” — Lyrics from “Love Is All Around”  from the Mary Tyler Moore TV series Legendary television icon and … Continue reading

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