Pillowcase Drawing

Pillowcase Drawing

Unsettling dreams and nightmares are common after the death of a loved one. It is also “normal” to have heightened fears during waking hours.  When someone we love dies we may fear that someone else close to us will die next. Adults can...
Make It Monday – Mindful Breathing Wand

Make It Monday – Mindful Breathing Wand

Mindfulness: the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something; a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic...
Journaling Prompts

Journaling Prompts

For me, journaling has always been a cathartic way to put my thoughts and feelings into words.  Writing over the years has helped me to process my grief, anxiety, and feelings of helplessness.  Words are powerful. Putting them onto paper, or onto a computer screen,...
Birthday Memorials

Birthday Memorials

Birthdays after a loved one has died can be very difficult. Birthdays are another painful reminder of the things that are missing after someone dies, as well as a reminder of the years they didn’t get to live. Some people find comfort in continuing to celebrate their...
Transformative Tears

Transformative Tears

One of my favorite things to talk about in grief groups is the science behind tears. Our culture tells us certain messages about what grieving should look like, what is okay and acceptable. Phrases like “real men don’t cry”, “you’re being overemotional”, and...
Our Invisible Strings

Our Invisible Strings

One book we often read at Ryan’s Place is “The Invisible String” by Patrice Karst.  This book is great for children and adults of all ages.  It reminds us that we are connected to one another, in this case by an invisible string, even though we are apart.  When...
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