Grief and Family

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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6 Ways Introverts Can Grieve

After a hard week of work some people want nothing more than to throw off their work clothes, change into something fancy and hit the town. Dancing with friends and talking to their heart’s content; this is what fuels some and lets the anxiety of work melt away. For others…...

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Losing Multiple Loved Ones

Experiencing the loss of a beloved friend or family member is extremely difficult. Each of us experiences grief whether the death was expected or not expected. The intensity and trauma of losing more than one person at the same time or within a very short time frame can impact a…...

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Memorial Ideas After Losing a Child

Experiencing the death of a child is one of the most difficult and traumatic events in life. The hole that the child or baby leaves in your heart is so big it feels like you will never be able to be whole again. That feeling is normal and is part…...

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To Mothers Who’ve Lost a Child

We all owe so much to our mothers whether we have a great relationship with them or not. Mother’s Day is a joy to many but for those who have lost a child at too young of an age, it can be another reminder of the pain that lingers. In…...

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How to Deal with the Loss of a Parent

Our relationships with our parents are typically complex and meaningful, whether for the good or bad. Parents can be both infuriating and lovable all at the same time. For some people, the death of a parent isn’t only a loss of a caretaker but also a best friend. Whatever your…...

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