Grief Loss and Bereavement

Grief and bereavement are the result of losing something or someone that is emotionally significant to a person. Bereavement refers to the state of losing a loved one, while grief refers to the emotional and psychological reaction to the bereavement.

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Grief Loss and Bereavement

How can you cheer yourself up after losing a pet?

Have a friend stay over and throw away all ur pics with ur pet just keep 1 or 2.

Dreams and Dream Interpretation
Grief Loss and Bereavement

What does it mean to dream of loved ones alive?

If the loved ones are recently deceased in real life, the dream represents a normal part of the grieving process and longing to be with the loved ones again.

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Example Sentences

A good sentence for grief?

When Cianna received the news that her grandfather had passed away, she was overcome with grief.

Grief Loss and Bereavement

Do you sit shiva on Tisha B'Av?

Yes you do. However, usually a mourner does not go to the synagogue during the shiva, but has a separate service in his home. On Tisha B'Av, since all of Jewry is in mourning, the mourner attends the synagogue service together with everyone else.

Dreams and Dream Interpretation
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Death and Dying

What does it mean when you dream about a family member dying?

In dreams, death is a symbol representing transformation or change. But every dream is unique to each individual, so such general interpretations must be considered in the light of the dreamer's circumstances: is that family member terminally ill, or caught in life-threatening habits? In such cases, the dream would be an expression of the dreamer's reasonable fear for the family member. Otherwise, "death" is a metaphor, and the "family member" might represent the dreamer's own self, and changes occurring in the dreamer's life.

Also, ir these dreams and thoughts are unwanted and they tend to cause an undo amount of worrying on your part, such that other common activities in your life become much more difficult or even diminished, then you might want to consider the possibility of an underlying OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).

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What is the proper thing to say on the anniversary of a death?


We remember your loss a year ago. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you.

I like the opening sentence above. Many people feel (not just on the anniversary of a death) that talking about the deceased will bring their loved ones pain, causing them to remember their departed. Massive experience has shown that most grieving survivors - and especially the parents of a child who has died - really welcome talking about the person who has died.

The idea that they don't think of their loved one until you bring it up is erroneous.

With that in mind, I would add after the first line above a memory that you have of the deceased, preferably one that includes yourself, the surviving family member, and the deceased.

For instance, We think of you and of 'Frank' so often, and although this day brings to mind the sorrow of his passing, it is also an opportunity to revisit some wonderful memories of him. 'Joe' and I were just remembering the time we all spent at Lake Winoka when Frank taught little 'Joe' how to sail......or how quick Frank was with a joke and a smile.....

And remember, there's no need to wait for an anniversary, and it's kind to continue this type of communication well past the first years of loss.

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What do you call someone who is obsessed with attending funerals?


Dreams and Dream Interpretation
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What does dreaming about your ex dying mean?

Dreaming of a ex dying usually means that person is no longer part of one's life. The ex is not actually dead, but rather one's feelings for that person are gone.

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How did Chandrashekhar Azad die?

* Wikipedia - Chandrashekhar Azad, often called, Panditji was the founder of Garam Dal. After the Indian Rebellion of 1857, he was first among many Indian revolutionaries to use arms in their fight for independence against the British rulers. A devout Brahmin, he believed that it was his "dharma" (duty) to fight for others. He also believed that a soldier never relinquishes his weapon. Azad was a terror for the British police. He was on their hit list and the British police badly wanted to capture him dead or alive. For his part, Azad had also vowed that he would never be arrested by the British police and that he would die a free man. On February 27, 1931 Chandrashekhar Azad met two of his comrades at Alfred Park, Allahabad. He was betrayed by an informer, the police surrounded the park and ordered Chandrashekhar Azad to surrender. Azad fought alone and valiantly and killed three policemen but got shot in the thigh. After nearly exhausting his ammunition and foreseeing no means of escape, he shot himself in the head with his last bullet. == ==

Grief Loss and Bereavement

What is grief?

Grief is an intense sorrow caused by the loss of a loved one (especially by death)

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The Odyssey

When sitting shiva is it okay to give away or throw out some of the food that has been brought to the home?

Yes; but one has to be careful to make sure that the mourner has what to eat, as s/he should not leave the house (unless there is no food).

However, effort should be made that unneeded food doesn't go to waste. Try to give it away instead of throwing it away.

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What do you say if someones family member dies?

I am sorry for your loss.

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Example Sentences

What is a good sentence for grief?

Two quotations using the noun 'grief' are:

'Some flirt with grief; others marry it.'

'Grief is but a withdrawal symptom of the medicated heart.'

Other examples of usage include the idiomatic 'good grief', an exclamation indicating astonishment, dismay, and so on:

'Good grief, what is that awful perfume?'

'Good grief, Pookie's BIG now!'

In the sense of an intense feeling of sadness; mental suffering, frequently owing to loss of some kind, the term could be used this way:

- Following the loss of their father, their sense of grief was too deep to express in words.

- We tried to comfort them in their grief.

In the sense of disaster or very unfortunate occurence:

- We've warned him not to fix the roof himself; he's sure to come to grief.

- He gives us grief every time we suggest he should call in a tradesman.

In all the above senses:

- As well as their grief over the loss of their home they were faced with the grief of trying to meet all the bills. 'Good grief,' one told me, 'You'd think they might try to understand our situation.'

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How do you deal with losing your grandma?

i lose my grandma on my 14 birthday, but i don't know if u bleave in god but i do and when she die i prayed to hem and he helped me understand why she died

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What did Dean Martin die of?

Dean Martin died of respiratory failure, at his home on Christmas morning 1995

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Before you die the average person will do this 12 times what is it?

get in car accidents?

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How can you help someone who is grieving due to a death in the family?

First be extremely patient.... the person in this grief state is experiencing grossly abnormal nerve sensitivity. The individual may need a good listener or just someone to be there. The "lost" leaves one in a hollow state often wanting just to be protected from thinking .....Thoughts may be painfull.. Suggest professional help as needed BUT by all means offer to go with the person and sit in the waiting room as a gesture of support. ...While no one answer works for everyone try to just be we all will need someone at sime point in our lives.

Parenting and Children
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Death and Dying

How do you cope if your child has died and you feel that you want to die as well?

First and foremost, the best way to honor your child's life and memories is by living.

Yes, living. The best way to honor your child, as well as your child's memories, is to live. If you were to do something to end your life, your child would not be remembered the way you would want him or her to be. Instead of remembering your child, the focus would then be on you, with people remembering you as "that woman who took her own life because she lost a child." And that's not the legacy you want your child's death to leave, is it? That's not how you want others to remember your precious child, is it?

I know the pain seems unbearable right now, and that there really are no words anyone can say at a time like this to ease that pain. I also understand the feeling that you think you can't go on another day with such pain. That kind of grief can literally take one's breath away like a punch in the stomach, and drop you to your knees with its intensity.

There is no "right" or "wrong" way to grieve. Grief is such an intensely personal and personalized emotion that only you know what helps you. No one can (or should) tell you that you need to do this or don't do that, etc. The truth is, you have to deal with this pain in your own way. While some suggestions and methods may help, they just as easily may not. And if not, that doesn't mean there is anything wrong with you; it just means that's not the way for you.

The only thing I will say as far as what you "should" do, is to go with that pain when the waves of grief hit. By that, I mean if you need to cry, then cry, and cry hard. If you need to scream, then scream, and scream loudly. If you need to beat your fists on the counter tops, then do it, as hard as you can. Do whatever you need to do to release the pain. Otherwise, it will consume you, and you can't let that happen.

There is no quick fix for such intense grief, and I know when one is going through such pain, they often tend to feel there is no one else on this earth who knows what they are feeling. But with counseling and support groups, you will learn that you are not alone, that you can go on, and that you have to go on. Sure, there will still be many bad days in the months to come, but they will get better.

You will run the gamut of emotions; pain, grief, anger, rage, confusion, denial, depression, even resentment towards parents who have never lost a child - all of which are normal emotions. But the day will come when you open your eyes one morning, and realize the sun is shining once again. That's when you will start to have a few good days thrown in with the bad. Then, gradually, over time, the good days will begin to outnumber the bad days more and more, until the day finally comes when you can think of your child with love and can treasure the happy memories you have.

I'm certainly not saying all the pain will end then; you will always carry a bit of that pain with you. But you will also feel a gratefulness for the time you did have with your child, however short it was. You will cherish those memories; they will become one of your greatest treasures that you can share with others. That will honor your child - and your child's memory - in the greatest way possible.

Once you reach the point where you can celebrate your child's life - I promise that day will come - you can do that in all sorts of ways. This is also another way to honor your child, in a very special way. If your child died of an illness, you can volunteer to raise money for that organization. If your child died in an accident, you can work to raise awareness of the dangers of that particular type of accident, and in that way you can help prevent other parents from going through the pain you have experienced.

You can also donate books to your local library in memory of your child. The library will place a label inside the front of the book, stating "In memory of [your child's name]", along with the date and the name of the donor (you and/or family members and friends who can do this, as well). You can personalize it even more by selecting books that your child would have liked, or books that help educate and inform others on the illness, accident, etc. that caused the death of your child.

All of these are things that will honor the life of your child, as well as preserve the memory of your precious child for many, many years to come.

So, please, talk to someone. You can talk to your pastor, priest, rabbi, etc., a counselor or even a close friend or relative. The important thing is to talk, talk, talk. There are also support groups for this. It helps more than you can imagine to talk to others who have been through the same thing, and truly understand how you feel. So, again, please call someone - now.

Support Groups - online and local

Parents who really know the depth of your grief - from their own loss of a child - can be especially helpful for you. They can share with you the coping mechanisms they have found to be helpful. Hearing from others who are compassionate, as well as knowing you are not alone, can be first steps and valuable tools in learning to cope.

Suicide Prevention Hotlines

Depending on where you live, you can call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at one of the numbers below. They can also give you the number to Grief Counseling services, as well as other organizations that can help. If you prefer private counseling instead of group therapy, but can't afford the costs, call the colleges/universities in your area. Many of them offer counseling services for very low fees, much lower than a therapist in private practice would cost, and some may even be free.

Some emergency help numbers:

  • US: 1-800-784-2433 (toll-free) or 911
  • UK: 08457 90 90 90 or 999
  • Ireland: 1850 60 90 90
  • Australia: call Lifeline on 13 11 14 (local call) orKids Help Line on 1800 55 1800 (toll-free)
  • Europe: 112

Alternatively, call the emergency number for the country you are in, right now, and tell them that you are thinking about suicide. You will not have to give them your name if you don't want to, so you can speak freely and honestly to them. They are trained, skilled, and compassionate people who really do care and want to help you. All you have to do is just make that call.

Worldwide Help Numbers

  • Call one of the suicide helplines. A website called Psych Central lists phone numbers in the US and worldwide.
  • A website called Befrienders Worldwide says that "We work worldwide to provide emotional support and reduce suicide. We listen to people who are in distress. We don't judge them or tell them what to do - we listen."

Another user shares an opinion on how to cope: You make a decision. That decision is to keep on for one more day, one more week, one more month - whatever feels right. And you do just that. You attempt to maintain a semblance of a normal life, even though things are anything but normal. You make it a point to attend to hygiene, bill paying - the critical things that have to get done. And then you try and work in a few other activities: reading, hobbies. And you allow yourself time to grieve - maybe time in which you do nothing else.

And then, after you've completed your day, week, month - you renegotiate another contract for another day or week or month. And do it again.

Somewhere along the way, you may want to think about making some time for professional counseling. The sooner the better, in fact but, that said, if you just can't do that yet - then don't.

As to friends, it's a good idea to eventually recommence your social life. But do so with some preparation. Friends, unlike professionals, often have no idea what to say to you, and this can make them feel very uncomfortable/awkward around you. Sometimes, you'll even find that you're the one counseling them.

It's a slow process. It's difficult and lonely. But you already know this. Bear in mind it's going to hurt for quite a while, and things will never be quite the same. You already know this too.

So far, it looks as if you're handling this laudably. You've reached out here - that's great, and I want to encourage this. Just dig in and know it's going to be hard on you and your family - but that even this you can survive.

Animal Rights and Abuse
Grief Loss and Bereavement

How Many Years in Jail do People who Commit Animal Cruelty get?

Most people convicted of animal cruelty get 5 to 10 years in prison.

Grief Loss and Bereavement

What are the stages of grief?

It seems there are five stages of grief that most people go through.

# Denial or Numbness. You can't believe what has happened. You try to keep going like it didn't happen. # Anger or Guilt. Especially if it was unexpected. Whose fault was it? It was someone's fault. # Bargaining. What if... I'd done this? What should we had done differently? # Great Sadness. You become depressed, crying a lot. You withdraw from your friends and family. # Acceptance. Things start to get a bit better. You may never forget your loss but you gradually accept that life has to go on. You become stronger and you sleep better. You can remember your friend with positive memories and without the sadness.

Dreams and Dream Interpretation
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Robinson Crusoe

Does everyone dream while they're sleeping?

  • Everyone dreams while they are sleeping but not everybody remembers it, so if people tell you they don't have dreams, they are mistaken.

um i not mistaken........ i kno i not dream

  • Yes, but not everyone remembers them when they wake up.
  • It is possible to have REM sleep with no dreaming. I just had a sleep study, and it was confirmed that I was not dreaming during the REM phase of sleep. According to the technician, in order to remember a dream, one must wake up during or just after the dream. Otherwise it is not remembered. However, it is wrong to assume that everyone dreams and just do not remember the dreams. Some people do not dream very often.

Humans dream every 1/2 hour and seldom remember most of them and that's because they are in total REM sleep (meaning a deep sleep with eyes moving back and forth under closed eyelids.) When a person is stressed out they are not in total REM sleep (tossing/turning) and it's the last few seconds just before waking that an individual can remember a dream or nightmares. Nightmares are caused from stress. If a human didn't dream they actually would go crazy. Dreaming releases tension in the body and mind.

  • Yes, everyone does dream. Normally, people don't remember their dreams. When you decide you want to sleep, you fall into a daydream, that is where you dream a nightmare or a more pleasant dream. You then fall into a deep sleep, this is where most people forget their dreams.
  • Yes, everyone of every age dreams at night. Dreams often occur in the rem stage of sleep, which is often the last 15-30 minutes of the sleep cycle, Even though one may not recall or remember what they were dreaming about, the brain is still working and dreams still occur.
  • Everyone does not dream every night. I sleep, but only few nights I dream. Thank God that I remember everything! and some dreams too when I see dreams. We do not see dreams every night because "Dreams are not the things we see while we are sleeping, It is a thing that does not let us sleep". You would have observed that when you do not see dream, when you wake-up you are Fresh! but when you dream, you feel like sleeping again and feel lazy. Its just that "We do not dream every time we sleep"

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Grief Loss and Bereavement

What are early symptoms of brain tumors?

Location is one of the factors affecting Brain Tumor. Major symptoms include altered state of consciousness, vomiting with or without nausea and headaches. Additional symptoms of large tumors in the brain are papilledema and anisocoria. Intracranial pressure is one of the most common signs if the tumor is small. Minor symptoms can include double vision, facial paralysis and cognitive impairment. Other symptoms can include visual field impairment, ataxia as well as behavioral impairment. See that you consult the doctor even if it is the smallest type of symptom.

Grief Loss and Bereavement

Is it bad luck to give away shiva food?

No. My family recently ran into a situation like this were my grandmother died on Thursday and we going to Israel Saturday night. However, I would suggest bringing the food to a soup kitchen to complete a mitzvah in your deceased one's name. I am so sorry for your loss.

Manners and Etiquette
Grief Loss and Bereavement

What is etiquette for ex-wifes funeral?

Don't be pushy. Base your behavior on the reaction of the family. If you had children together, and you are on good terms, be there for them, and for yourself. Otherwise, keep a low profile. The family will choose to include you or not.


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