Grief and Loss

How The Science Of Broken Heart Syndrome Can Help You Survive Your Worst Breakup

Posted by on Jan 13, 2018 in Grief and Loss, love | 0 comments

5 steps to rule your emotions — rather than let your emotions rule you. In doing my research for this article, I found several articles discussing how there really is a thing called “Broken Heart Syndrome” that can be identified in scans of the heart. People complaining of a ‘broken heart’ experience symptoms similar to a heart attack, complete with the pain and distress. While they are not the associated arterial blockages normally associated with heart attack, the heart becomes misshapen causing interference with its optimal functioning. Cortisol levels increase while...

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Three Steps for Surviving an Affair

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Anger, Divorce, Grief and Loss, listening, love, mental health, Relationships, sex, stress | 0 comments

Three Steps for Surviving an Affair

It’s common for people to ask me whether or not their relationship can survive an affair, and my answer is yes. It is entirely possible with these three steps. Step One: Prioritize Your Relationship The first step is a mutual agreement that the relationship is important enough to attempt to heal from the trauma. Consequently, both partners must recognize the role they each played in the breakdown of their relationship. Dr. Harville Hendrix says that in all his work with couples, he has never encountered an affair where only one partner was guilty. He says that, if you look below the...

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Problem with Relationships

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Anger, Divorce, Grief and Loss, guilt, listening, love, mental health, Relationships, romance, sex, stress | Comments Off on Problem with Relationships

Problem with Relationships

When couples decide they want therapy, they often come seeking help for financial, sexual, time management, or parenting issues. They have trouble agreeing on what to save and what to spend; even after finding common ground, couples can find conflict in discussing how to spend and save. Having different expectations for their sex life can lead to disagreements, inattention, and downright frustration that cause challenges in the relationship. Couples argue about how to spend their free time and with whom. Do they spend time together, apart, or a mix of the two? Do they visit her family or his?...

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Grieving from a Choice Theory® Perspective

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Choice Theory, Grief and Loss, Relationship with Self, Relationships | Comments Off on Grieving from a Choice Theory® Perspective

Grieving from a Choice Theory® Perspective

When someone we love dies, we go through a grief process that was best described by Elizabeth Kublar-Ross in her book, On Death and Dying. This process is made up of five stages—denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. These stages can happen in any order and are not predictable . You can be experiencing the anger phase today, fall into depression tomorrow, and jump back to denial by the weekend. There is no rhyme or reason, no way to predict how long a phase will last—only what feels right for each individual at the time. If a well-meaning family member,...

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Starting Over

Posted by on Oct 18, 2017 in Divorce, Grief and Loss, Relationship with Self, Relationships | Comments Off on Starting Over

Starting Over

Starting over after the loss of a loved one is a monumental task that can feel overwhelming at times. Whether there has been a death, a divorce, or a separation from a friend, rebuilding your life is usually is necessary. Shock and denial are normally initial reactions after a loss, particularly if there was no warning. The vision of the future you had with your loved one is suddenly shattered; your hopes and dreams need to be rewritten. How will we cope? How can we go on? But go on we must, and we will. First, we try to regain what we have lost. Death makes this impossible, but that...

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Cooperatively Parenting Children through Divorce

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Divorce, Grief and Loss, Parenting, Relationships | Comments Off on Cooperatively Parenting Children through Divorce

Cooperatively Parenting Children through Divorce

If you and your spouse have decided to divorce, for your children’s sake, you must cooperatively parent them through your divorce as a team. Even if it seems like one day your spouse announced to you he or she wants a divorce, you can be certain your spouse considered it for a long time. Divorce is rarely an easy snap decision, especially when kids are involved. There are three things that will help you work together for the well-being of your children and they each involve creating a healthy mindset. Whatever happened to spark this divorce, do your very best not to take it personally. Of...

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