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How to Deal with Emotional Pain

how-to-deal-with-emotional-painWhen I talk to clients about how to deal with emotional pain, sometimes they know right away what I am talking about, the pain of the death of a loved one, rejection from someone close, separation from family. Other times people will look at me blankly and say they don’t experience emotional pain, that nothing is “going on” in their life. But emotional pain can be so much more than the obvious. It can be that lingering shame that we are not good enough, the guilt of past … Continue Reading

Acceptance within the 5 Stages of Grief

We’ve all heard of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’s five stages of grief; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance.

5-stages-of-grievingAcceptance: this is the one many people struggle with.

I frequently hear things like “What am I accepting exactly?” and “I don’t want to accept that they’re gone.” So what is acceptance? And is acceptance really the “place” to get to in order to heal from your grief.

Most people think of approval when they hear the word acceptance. They think they need to become … Continue Reading

How to Deal with Grief and Loss

How to Deal with Grief and LossI sat across from a client recently who was trying to “convince” me that there was something wrong with her, something that she was not doing correctly.

The client had lost her sister suddenly in an accident over a year ago. She still picks up the phone to call her sister, still gets angry when she realizes her sister will not be there for a quick joke or recipe help, and still cries when … Continue Reading