Grief and Family

Hoarding as a Reaction to Trauma and Grief

Many of us have spent many pandemic hours scrolling through streaming services such as Netflix.   Shows such as “Hoarders” or “Buried Alive”  captivate our attention. Grief hoarding is the root of many of the stories. The sheer magnitude of the disordered thinking it takes to acquire such large amounts…...

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Helping Friends Grieve During A Pandemic

Helping others Through Grief During a Pandemic Grief manifests uniquely for everyone. There are “stages of grief” that give a guide or blueprint of what it may look like however we all experience grief differently.  As we sit at home, work from home and grieve from home, we have to…...

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Pandemic Perspective

Seeing Life and Death from a New Perspective Has life looked differently for you over the past 6 weeks? Some have been busier than ever trying to manage working on the front lines of the covid-19 pandemic.  Others find them self getting restless with little to do while we are…...

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Grieving and the Enneagram: Type Nine Personality

Everyone responds to grief differently. You may remember a well known court case in which a young mother was accused of killing her 3 year old daughter. The public harshly judged the behavior of the accused in the days after the child’s death. Many said no grieving mother would act…...

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Grieving and the Enneagram: Type Eight Personality

Today let’s talk about the Enneagram type 8 and how this personality type is most likely to respond to grief. Every human is a complex machine of sorts with muscles, bones, organs and all the other amazing pieces that make us alive.  The most fascinating of these pieces of what…...

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Grieving and the Enneagram: Type Seven Personality

I knew she couldn’t live forever, but it was as if she was bigger than life and more than just human. She was a friend to everyone, a true adventurer. She created an environment when we were kids where dreams came true and fun was a requirement of the day. …...

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Grieving and the Enneagram: Type Six Personality

Today let’s dive into the Enneagram type 6, often known as “The Loyalist”. As we have learned, understanding our own personality traits gives great insight on how we will respond during a season of grief. The questions then come: What is the value in knowing how we grieve? Does knowing…...

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Grieving and the Enneagram: Type Five Personality

Today we will continue our discussion about the Enneagram and how different personality types deal with grief. The Type 5 on the Enneagram will be our focus today. They are known as “The Investigator.” Let’s begin by talking about what characterizes this personality type.  Characteristics of the Enneagram Type 5…...

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Helping Children Understand Death

For young children especially, the days surrounding a death can be a confusing and disorienting time. Altered daily routines and unfamiliar sights and sounds can be difficult for them to understand and cope with. Children notice even the most subtle changes in their routines and surroundings. We must validate their…...

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From Full of Life to Not Living

“Cause you never think the last time is the last time. You think there will be more. You think you have forever, but you don’t.” The message that shakes your world to its core. “Your sister has collapsed, they think it was an aneurysm.”   Just two days ago we…...

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