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Is Pain the Elephant in the Room?
Author: Miriam Ribiat
September 29th, 2022

What is it like to name a baby after a deceased parent? If the deceased went by an English name, should the child be called that name even though it isn’t typical or accepted in some circles today? What is it like to bury a loved one? How do I know they’re not cold, wet or lonely? What if I feel happy at a simchah and everyone else feels so sad that the deceased isn’t here? Should I also be feeling sad? What should I say to peop …
Tags: grief, GriefSupport, Grief Suppoet, GriefUndesrstandingnding
Rolling with the Punches with the Rolling Rabbi
Author: Miriam Ribiat
September 19th, 2022

  When tragedy strikes, we all feel it.  We feel the horror, and we likely feel the family's anguish as well.  We think: what would happen if we were in their shoes?  How will the family go on now?  How can they carry on under such tragic circumstances? Of course, we feel for them and worry about how they will go on.  Depending on how empathetic we are, this person or family might frequently be on our minds. I was th …
Tags: grief, Grief Support, Grief Understanding
Getting Personal About Grief
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
July 26th, 2021

My hands trembled and my heart started beating quicker as the minutes grew closer… I wasn’t trembling because I was afraid to speak at the Links Grief Summit that evening. I don't have a fear of public speaking. My trembling was about feeling into the enormous pain of loss present in the communal heart of those engaging in the summit. In some shape or form, everyone who participated in this event had experienced the sting of loss - …
Tags: healing, grief, loss
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