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Claire M. Schwartz

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Claire M. Schwartz

BA, Spiritual Counselor,

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December 12, 2014

It's bound to happen - either right after a loss, at a funeral or in the coming days and months. Someone, maybe close to you or maybe a stranger, will try and say something to make you feel better. They mean well - we all feel compelled to SAY or DO or HELP somehow -...

November 20, 2014

A dear friend just lost his Dad (not long after losing his Mom) and has been sharing his heartache on Facebook. Several kindhearted people said, "I know how you feel." Some had lost a parent, or other family member. One had lost her Dad last year. But here's the thing...

November 18, 2014

It is one of the most common remarks we hear - you'll Get Past This - you have to Get Through This - you need to Get Over This - or some such version. What they all have in common is moving on. But there is also a tinge of judgement, a hint of insensitivity and expecta...

November 16, 2014

It's that helpless feeling in the pit of your stomach - when a loss hits you right between the eyes and the floor falls away. I have often had this experience when The Phone Call comes - the one that you never see coming. Then comes a slow realization - this is happeni...

November 14, 2014

Plenty of people will offer a neverending assortment of opinions about what you Should or Should Not do or have done, especially surrounding a death – about disconnecting life support, putting a pet to sleep, the funeral, the will, a memorial and so much more. 


You may...

November 13, 2014

I can't imagine any of us has not heard this phrase in the wake of a loss. The comforting pat on the shoulder, the sympathetic sigh - "Just give it time, time heals all wounds."


I'm not sure folks really think about what they are saying here - it is just a reflex (one...

November 9, 2014

After a loss or grieving event, isolation can take two forms. Either the griever isolates him/herself, or those around them tell others to leave them alone, because they just need time to be by themselves.


Self-separation may be happening for several reasons, either be...

November 8, 2014

"You can just get another one," is what many folks get told after a loss. This comment may be said to someone who has gone through divorce, job loss, had a home destroyed due to accident or catastrophe.  And you CAN buy a house, get a job or find love again – but this...

November 3, 2014

Another one of the most common pieces of advice we hear following a death or loss is to Get Back to Work or Just Keep Busy.  It seems the idea is that eventually, life will just get back to normal on its own.  But as my post on Getting Back to Normal explains, this rea...

October 26, 2014

Whether you are at the start of your grieving process, or years into it, eventually, the question arises of Feeling Normal. When will I feel okay again? When will I feel like I belong in my own skin? When will the world stop this crazy spinning and calm down?


I certain...

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