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Grieving

Grieving   As you travel the road of grief take your water bottle with you for you will not know how long this journey will take   As you travel the road of grief nothing will make sense the days will be long the nights longer carry a soft blanket   You will hear the

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Some Thoughts About Aging

If we are lucky, we will live a long life and grow old.  But as we age we will come up against challenges, grief and loss, and having to learn how to let go.  It will help us if we have some ability to change and be flexible. As we grow older, our bodies cannot

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The Holidays are Upon Us

The Holidays are Upon Us The holidays can bring joy or sadness, stress or delight.  It depends where you are in your life cycle.  Are you busy with many balls to juggle so it feels like more for you to do?  Are you alone during the holidays or had a loved one die, so celebrating

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Dealing With Stress and Trying Times

We are living in stressful times.  Partly because we have access to news and what is going on 24/7.  We can be online and hooked into friends and media with no breaks.  This is relatively new behaviors because of the new technology.  Before the computers, and online access, we had television and newspapers.  So, we

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Riding the Waves of Grief

Grief is a natural by product of loss.  When we love someone and they die or move away we are sad.  It hurts us, it is hard to breathe, concentrate, feel that we will ever be ok again.   The people in our lives who are not directly impacted by our loss, will try to

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Expressing Grief Through Poetry

Grief runs through us as a river .  It can pull us in directions we never have imagined.  I would like to share some poems I have written about grief and loss.                            The Roller Coaster Ride of Grief Riding the unexpected waves

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Grief That Is Not Recognized

When a family member or a friend dies, there is sadness and people can understand that you are grieving. When you go through life feeling alone, misunderstood and not acknowledged as the person you are, you can feel grief that is not recognized. Being unseen or not understood does not feel good.  It is as

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Using Food as a Drug

Are You Using Food As a Drug?  Simple Steps to Stop Over eating Are you using food to manage difficult feelings?  Feelings such as sadness, anxiety, anger or loneliness can be damped down by eating excessively.  The positive aspect of overeating is that you are trying to take care of yourself, and you are trying

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Will I Ever Feel Better? Grief and Loss Counseling by Frieda L. Ferrick, MFT

We all have experienced sadness and grief at one time or another in our lifetime.  Working with people who have had a difficult loss, whether they have been in grief groups  I have facilitated or seen privately, the questions they have asked are: 1.  Will I ever feel better? 2.  Will I ever get over

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Making Mistakes, Learning and Growing : by Frieda L. Ferrick, MFT, Grief and Loss Counseling

What is it about making mistakes that makes us feel so embarrassed?  We sometimes feel like hiding and running away.  Yet the truth is, we all will make mistakes.  It is the way we learn.  There is no way to move through life without making mistakes. I once got a fortune cookie at a Chinese

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