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End of Life Planning: Grief and Customs

Grief Customs

Coping With Grief

Coping with losing a loved one is one of life's great difficulties. If you have experienced the pain of mourning, you know that any way to ease the loss is welcomed. While our knowledge and study of grief continues to evolve, it's important to note that not everyone grieves in the same way: We have individual patterns and different outlets for grief. There has also been research on stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance—but people do not always experience these stages in any particular order, nor do they experience every stage. In the worst cases, there are individuals who suffer more severe grief, known as prolonged grief and formerly complicated grief, which can last up to months. This form of grief can pave the way to isolation and chronic loneliness. Continue reading from Psychology Today

The Phone of the Wind

The Phone of the Wind is a shrine mindfully created to connect people to their loved ones on the other side. It is one of the world's most powerful resilience sites. Grievers travel from around the world to "call" their loved ones in spirit, to say the things they didn't get a chance to say while the person was living. It is a place that offers the peace and solitude grievers need to work through their pain. Itaru Sasaki has inspired the creation of many beautiful spaces all over the world with the sole purpose of holding space for a griever. One where the wind will carry their words to those they love who have gone ahead. Continue reading from My Wind Phone


Books from our Collection

Link to From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty in the Catalog
Link to Resilient Grieving by Lucy Hone PhD in the Catalog
Link to The Art of Dying Well by Katy Butler in the Catalog
Link to The Grief Recovery Handbook by John James and Russell Friedman in the Catalog
Link to The Art of Losing by Kevin Young in the Catalog
Link to Healing Grief, Finding Peace by Dr. Louis E Lagrand in the Catalog
Link to My Father's Wake: How The Irish Teach Us To Live, Love, and Die by Kevin Toolis in the Catalog
Link to Grief is a Journey by Dr. Kenneth J Doka in the Catalog
Link to Depression of Grief by Alan Wolfelt in the Catalog
Link to You Can Heal Your Heart by Louise Hay and David Kessler in the Catalog
Link to The Wilderness of Suicide Grief by Alan Wolfelt PhD in the Catalog

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