From Grief to Complicated Grief

Columbia University psychiatry professor M. Katherine Shear, MD speaks of grief as “a shorthand word for a complex, time-varying experience that is unique for each person and each loss.” As it is a normal response to loss, it does not count as a disorder. However, according to the American Psychological Association, “broad changes to all […]

Offering Consolation to a Grieving Loved One

Grief is naturally a difficult process. Fortunately, there are loving friends and relatives who can make the experience bearable. Here are 8 pointers to consoling a grieving loved one: Let go of time expectations Recognize the stages of grief Variables to grief Resist telling them how strong they are Offer the bereaved ways to memorialize […]