Personal Guidebook to Grief Recovery

Back To Life! A Personal Grief Guidebook

Back to Life is a comprehensive, quality bereavement handbook. It consists of 73 pages that explore many aspects of grief in detail. There are 19 chapters or lessons, each addressing a different aspect of grief, a coping skill or a strategy for emotional survival. Here you will learn: Good, solid information on how the grief process really works. Which symptoms of grief are normal, and which are dangerous warning signs. Valuable and practical coping skills to help you get through each day. Secrets to getting a good night's restorative sleep without prescription drugs. How to endure the holidays and thoughtless visitors. How to identify and defuse anger, guilt, and regret. Family changes to look for and how to keep your family intact through this. Just the right activities and comforting rituals to help ease you through your darkest days. Tried and true psychological exercises and strategies to help lessen the raw pain. Satisfying and therapeutic creative expressions of grief. Effective memorializing techniques to honor and remember your lost loved one. How to cling to hope and move surely towards brighter days. More here...

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NIC Grief Work Facilitation

Promotes movement through grieving process by utilizing defense mechanisms that have worked in the past. environment, for the initial shock and disbelief that are expected behaviors of grief. Therapeutic communication assists the parents to express their feelings and identify dysfunctional aspects of their grief. Provides support and assistance during bereavement or chronic grief which may affect family relationships, presence of infertility or other problems. Assists with resolution of guilt and grieving.

Anticipatory Grieving

Related to (Specify perceived potential loss of child by parents perceived potential loss of physiopsychosocial well-being by child.) Defining Characteristics (Specify expression of distress of potential loss, inevitable kidney failure, kidney dialysis, premature death of child.) Goal Parents and child will begin to work through the grief process by (date and time to evaluate). Outcome Criteria V Parents will verbalize stages of grief.

Dysfunctional Grieving

Related to Loss of child as result of (specify accident, SIDS, absence of anticipatory grieving). and unexpected death of infant shock grief denial social isolation.) Goal Parents will resolve dysfunctional grieving. Outcome Criteria V Parents acknowledge that their grief is unresolved and seek assistance. NOC Psychosocial Adjustment Life Change Provides support without adding to grief and feelings of guilt. Promotes positive grief resolution if parents hold see the infant and spend time saying good-bye on their own terms. Presence of other family members and significant others often serves as support for grieving family. Promotes positive grief resolution. Inform of stages and importance of grieving and of behavior that is expected in resolving grief. Use therapeutic communication techniques, especially active listening. Encourage parents to verbalize their understanding of the cause of death, their feelings of grief, and any concerns about seeking assistance with grieving. Refer...

Gender Ethnicracial And Life Span Consideration

Overuse and abuse of alcohol are seen in all age groups and in females and males. More and more teens are identified as alcohol-dependent and should have their drug or alcohol usage assessed on admission to the hospital or clinic. Binge drinking (more than five drinks at one time for males and four for females) is a growing problem among college students. Approximately 70 of people who are alcohol dependent are males, but women are more likely to hide their problem. Of growing concern is the number of elderly who are abusing alcohol as a way to deal with their grief, loneliness, and depression. Ethnicity and race have no known effects on alcohol withdrawal.

Dying Child Introduction

Care of the dying child includes the physical and emotional interventions necessary to support the totally dependent child and grieving family. Nursing considerations involve the dissemination of information to the child, whose perceptions of death and responses to death and dying are age-related, and family with sensitivity, caring, and honesty. The nurse also helps the child move through the stages of awareness and acceptance, and helps the family move through the stages of grieving. An additional role of the pediatric nurse, when caring for dying children, is to direct the child and family to appropriate age-related information about death and dying.

NOC Family Coping

Assess stage of grief process, problems encountered, feelings regarding potential loss. Inform parents and child of stages of grieving and of behaviors that are common in resolving grief. Allows for information regarding stage of grieving, as time to work through grieving varies with individuals and the longer the illness, the better able the parents and family will be able to move through the stages towards acceptance. Allows for reactions necessary to work through grieving. Promotes use of defense mechanisms to progress through grief. Promotes expression of feelings and concerns for understanding grieving process and behaviors. Promotes understanding of feelings and behaviors that are manifested by grief.

Discharge And Home Healthcare Guidelines

If the patient is having difficulty dealing with the perinatal loss, referring her to a support group is appropriate. Often, follow-up by the hospital perinatal grief counselor is done. Referral to a fertility specialist is indicated if she is having difficulty conceiving for 6 months after tubal surgery.

Pharmacologic Highlights

The patient may experience less anxiety if allowed as much control as possible over his or her daily schedule. Explaining procedures and keeping the patient informed about the treatment plan and condition may also decrease anxiety. If the patient enters the final phases of lung cancer, provide emotional support. Refer the patient and family to the hospice staff or the hospital chaplain. Encourage them to verbalize their feelings surrounding impending death. Allow for the time needed to adjust while you help the patient and family begin the grieving process. Assist in the identification of tasks to be completed before death, such as making a will seeing specific relatives and friends or attending an approaching wedding, birthday, or anniversary celebration. Urge the patient to verbalize specific funeral requests to family members.

Objectification Of Animals

In the scientific laboratory setting, additional practices support the devaluing of animals. Many scientists use the term ''anthropomorphism''* as a criticism of both scientific and popular accounts that use psychological terms to describe animals other than humans. For example, terms like ''intended,'' ''anticipated,'' and ''felt'' and attributions like ''play,'' ''grief,'' and ''deceit'' to animals other than humans are avoided because their use is necessarily committing the error of anthropomorphism. This prohibition against terms implying consciousness in animals other than humans is a continuation of the ideas of the philosopher Rene Descartes,* in whose view such animals were mechanical beings, without psychology, without minds. Consistent with this view, pain,* suffering,* and death* accompanying either the conditions of an experiment or the conditions under which animals in the laboratory are kept are typically not described as such. For example, an animal is said to be ''food...

Primary Nursing Diagnosis

Depression, grief, or anger is common in women who have been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. To determine the patient's ability to cope, encourage her to discuss her feelings and monitor her for the physical signs of inability to cope, such as altered sleep patterns. Encourage her to express her feelings without fear of being judged. Note that surgery and chemotherapy may profoundly affect the patient's and partner's sexuality. Answer any questions honestly, provide information on alternatives to traditional sexual intercourse if appropriate, and encourage the couple to seek counseling if needed. If the woman's support systems and coping mechanisms are insufficient to meet her needs, help her find other support systems and coping mechanisms. Provide a list of support groups.

Responding to Suicidal Risk

Evaluating and responding to suicidal risk is a source of extraordinary stress for many therapists. This aspect of our work focuses virtually all of the troublesome issues that run through this book questions of the therapist's influence, competence, efficacy, fallibility, over- or underinvolvement, responsibility, and ability to make life-or-death decisions. Litman's study (1965) of over two hundred clinicians soon after their clients had committed suicide found the experience to have had an almost nightmarish quality. They tended to have intense feelings of grief, loss, and sometimes depression as anyone else professional or nonprofessional might at the death of someone they cared about. But they also had feelings associated with their profes

Molecules And Consciousness

The problem of consciousness, closely related to the long-standing 'other minds' problem in philosophy, has occupied thinkers for millennia. It is important, as always, to define terms. So much of the argument in this area has been a passing rather than a meeting of minds. In this appendix we shall put aside 'intelligence' and 'intentionality' which can both be instantiated in silicon-based computers, and concentrate our attention on 'qualia' or 'raw feels' 'pain', 'redness', auditory 'tones', the 'taste' of a madeleine, sadness, grief and joy. How do these, which constitute perhaps our most pressing reality, come to be Where and when did they 'commence' both in the evolutionary sequence and in embryological development What is their physical correlative in the grey and or white matter of the brain What, indeed, to quote a seminal contribution to the debate, is it 'like' to be a bat These, as many have remarked, are deep questions, unanswered as the twentieth century, a century...

NOC Family Normalization

Assess family ability to cope with child, stress on family relationships, developmental level of family, response of siblings, knowledge of health practices, family role behavior and attitude about long-term care, economic pressures, resources to care for long-term condition and grieving

Gender Ethnicracial And Life Span Considerations

If you suspect that an infant is at risk for SIDS, elicit a history of risk factors. Determine if the infant has a history of apparent life-threatening events (ALTEs). In this situation, the infant may cease to breathe, develop pallor, have a marked change in muscle tone, choke or gag, or become unresponsive, and yet the child is successfully resuscitated. This near miss is thought to be a warning sign for future SIDS. If parents have lost a child to SIDS, the history of the event needs to be elicited carefully and with compassion because of the loss and grief patients are experiencing.

Ineffective Coping And Compromised Family Coping

Defining Characteristics (Specify for the child depression, anxiety, withdrawn, excessive outbursts of temper, insecurity, sleep and or eating disturbances, regressive behaviors, behavioral problems acting out , denial, difficulties in interpersonal relationships, nonadherence with treatment. For parents shock, disbelief, anger, guilt, numbness, denial, ambivalence, bargaining, overprotectiveness, grief for the loss of their healthy child, anticipatory grief for the potential loss of their child.)

Childrens Bereavement From A Developmental Perspective

Some question very young children's ability to grieve. Because a child does not understand the finality of death, grieving would not be possible. Most thanatologists (those who engage in the scientific study of death) agree that children can grieve, at least as an experience of separation, as infants or as toddlers (Bowlby, 1980). These grief reactions to loss may not constitute true understanding of death's finality and may not be viewed as true mourning the conscious and unconscious work done in coping with the loss of a loved one and the public expression of that loss. which inhibit understanding of the death. Furthermore, identification with the parent and the developmental stage at which the child experiences the death of a parent influences reactions to the death. Because of the special nature of sibling relationships, which are often complex interactions of rivalry as well as companionship and friendship, guilt may predominate emotional experiences when a sibling dies and a...

Counselling of patients after perinatal death

When a woman and her family experience a loss associated with pregnancy, special attention must be given to the grieving that they are going to undergo. Mourning is an extremely important part of coping and the clinical signs and symptoms of grief are important to recognize so that the healthcare workers can be sympathetic to this grieving process. These symptoms include sleeplessness, fatigue, poor eating habits, preoccupation with pictures of the baby, feelings of guilt, hostility and anger and a general disruption in the normal pattern of daily life. Unless the clinicians are aware of these changes, misunderstanding may occur and the ability to help the process of grieving will be lost. These families require a sympathetic person so that they have the opportunity to express and discuss their feelings in an open way. The establishment of identified individuals who are trained to deal with perinatal death is extremely important and centres should have doctors, midwives and...

Setting Up a Support Network

When you are diagnosed with a chronic illness like diabetes, you may go through a period of grief because of the loss of good health. The diagnosis can be overwhelming there is a lot of information that you need to grasp you have to learn about carbohydrates, calories, exercise, weight management, and checking blood glucose levels. You may need to take oral medications or inject insulin. You may also have some or all of these questions Clinical research shows that people who have a strong support network go through these phases of grief better than those who try to do it alone. The support can be emotional (for example, someone to lean on when you are discouraged) or practical (for example, help treating low glucose levels, assistance with meal plans, or an exercise partner who provides encouragement to stick with an exercise plan).

Factors Of The Bereavement Process

During bereavement, emotional expressions are normal and helpful and do not signify weakness or illness. Children benefit from adults who validate feelings of grief in their expressions of mourning. Intense emotional experiences as well as physiological reactions to the death of a family member or friend are normal. It is when the intensity or duration of the experience hampers normal social or academic development that intervention may be warranted. For example, failing grades, withdrawal from social interactions, increased aggression, suicidal ideation or attempts, chemical use, or promiscuous behaviors should prompt intervention. Early researchers suggested that the bereavement process should be completed within a year, but current thought suggests that the bereavement process continues throughout a life span. Thus, children's grief may exist for several years and may also become more pronounced during life transitions, which Oltjenbruns (2001) describes as a re-grief process.


Some tales of metamorphosis are etiological that is, they explain the origins of specific animals or animal features. The tale of Philomela (Ovid, book 6) is an example. Philomela is raped and has her tongue cut out by her brother-in-law Tereus. She and her sister Procne get revenge by killing his and Procne's children and serving them to Tereus for dinner. Discovering what he has eaten, Tereus flies into a rage and pursues the sisters. All three are transformed into birds Philomela into a swallow, Procne into a nightingale whose mournful song and red feathers signify both her grief and her crime, and Tereus into a hoopoe who appears ever ready for battle and whose typically wide-open beak might symbolize the horror of his cannibalism.


Idea of continuity* between humans and other animals, researchers have attempted to rebuild the idea of animality. It has been necessary to establish that animals experience emotions beyond basic ones love, grief, resentment, hope, and the like. Darwin himself began this work in The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals. Jeffrey Masson and Susan McCarthy have gathered together much of the anecdotal evidence for animal emotion in When Elephants Weep.


CHRYSANTHEMUMS, favourite flowers in most places, are very unlucky, particularly in Italy, for they are funeral flowers there, and associated with the dead (hence a connection with All Souls' Day). They say that if you give chrysanthemums to anyone it is the equivalent of saying I wish you were dead (Vickery. 1985). So too it is not a flower to take indoors, for it would bring bad luck with it (Vickery. 1995). ARUM LILY is another flower associated with funerals, and so an unlucky plant, not to be taken indoors (Deane & Shaw), and never brought into a hospital (Vickery. 1985). RAMPION BELLFLOWER has funeral associations, too. It is not a lucky plant, especially among children. It was said in Italy to give them a quarrelsome disposition, and could even lead to murder (Folkard). There is some mention of strewing MARIGOLDS on a grave at a funeral (Bloom, F G Savage). WILLOWS, besides being symbols of grief and mourning, can be looked on as symbols of resurrection because of their...

Social Attitudes

Interactions surrounding euthanasia in a large veterinary hospital showed ambivalence by clients, doctors, and veterinary staff when confronted by the decision to end an animal patient's life. From the veterinarian's perspective, the most legitimate reason for euthanizing an animal was if the patient was old, infirm, or suffering pain* because of serious illness or injury. Far less justifiable were those cases in which owners requested that their animals be ''put down'' because they were problematically aggressive, too expensive to keep, or simply more trouble than they were worth. When encountering these latter cases, veterinarians* regularly attempted to persuade the client to change his or her mind or simply refused to euthanize the animal. Veterinarians had a variety of ways of dealing with the emotions surrounding their involvement in putting an animal to death. They regularly offered clients advice about the decision, were overtly sympathetic, and sometimes recommended helpful...

Neem Tree

(Melia indica) The tree is pervaded throughout with a strongly antiseptic resin, used a lot in Indian domestic medicine and across Africa, where hedges of it are grown close to houses because of its reputation as a cure for malaria. The leaves, which are very bitter, are also used as an antiseptic (Lewis & Elvin-Lewis). Some Hindu castes put the bitter neem leaves in their mouth when returning from a funeral, as an emblem of grief (Pandey).

Single Women

For most women, it's wise for you to first come to terms with your life circumstances. Many women must deal with the sadness that their first choice of finding Mr. Right and living happily ever after may not be a reality. This may involve a grieving process, given that most of us were conditioned from childhood that we should find love, marriage, and a baby carriage, in that order.

Outcome Criteria

V Clients verbalize the stages of the grieving process. V Clients identify support systems they may use for grief. Assess stage of grief process, problems encountered, feelings regarding long-term illness and potential loss. Teach parents about stage of grieving process and of behaviors that are common in resolving grief. NIC Grief-Work Facilitation of grieving time to work Promotes understanding of feelings and behaviors that are manifested by grief. (Did clients verbalize the stages of grieving Did clients identify support systems Use quotes.)

Suffering Of Animals

Suffering is a general term used in referring to animals who may be experiencing adverse physiological and mental states such as pain, * discomfort, fear,* distress,* frustration, boredom (see ANIMAL BOREDOM), torment, or grief. It is possible for an individual to suffer without pain for example, an individual who constantly fears something and to experience pain without suffering for example, when one pinches oneself. In humans, suffering is recognized as having the dimension of mental processing involving awareness of self in relation to that physical state and reflects the integration of


In Wales, willow caps used to be presented to people disappointed in love (Trevelyan), and willows were the symbols of grief, especially that of the disappointed lover. Weeping willows in particular used to be death and mourning symbols, often used in some stylised form embossed on Victorian mourning cards, though they first appeared as such at the end of the previous century as a tomb decoration, usually with the figure of Hope, or the widow weeping and clinging to the urn beneath its boughs (Burgess).


The children expected to see an animal in the visions, and they were instructed to place their entire confidence in this animal, when it would defend them from all future dangers. At times they learn from their animal a song which they keep as their own. Also they will not kill any individual of the species they have seen in their vision, a trait reminiscent of totemism. All in all, Emboden. 1979 sums up the uses as providing a trance state for the passage of youth into manhood, or to sustain a person during grief, or to simulate the death and resurrection of the shaman. Only in the trance state can there be a communion between man and god.


What did Bloom mean when he said marigold was a favourite at funerals F G Savage does mention strewing graves with marigolds, but the only other record of a graveyard use comes from Bavaria, where, according to Frazer, it was the tradition to decorate tombs with it on All Souls' Day. Some confirmation of this seems to be implicit in the acceptance of marigolds as symbols of grief (Leyel. 1937). But apart from this, beliefs in marigolds seem to be as sunny as the plant's own nature. To dream of them means property, and a happy and wealthy marriage (Raphael), and people seem to have had such confidence in marigold-inspired dreams that they tried to induce them, by using the petals as an ingredient in an ointment used on St Luke's Day for the express purpose of bringing prophetic dreams (Wiltshire). Marigolds are good to have the gardens, too, for it is said that they keep fly pests away from a vegetable patch (M Baker. 1977).

Passive Traps

The tropical pitcher plants belong to the genus Nepenthes, so named by Linnaeus after the drug nepenthe, which Helen of Troy was said to have dispensed in drink to soldiers to relieve their sorrow and grief. In giving this name, Linnaeus noted, What botanist would not be filled with admiration if, after a long journey, he should find this wonderful plant. In his astonishment, past ills would be forgotten when beholding the admirable work of the creator In Nepenthes, the pitcher develops at the end of a leaflike petiole. Indeed, the complexity and variety of pitchers in Nepenthes strains one's credulity, for it is hard to believe that what one is looking at is a leaf. Like their temperate cousins, Nepenthes spp. produce nectar to lure prey, which subsequently become intoxicated, lose their foothold, and fall into the trap. Nepenthes spp. generally produce climbing stems, thus elevating the pitchers, and perhaps thereby making them more accessible to potential prey.


To dream of ROSES means happy love, not unmixed with sorrow from other sources (Mackay), but to dream of withered roses means misfortune (Gordon. 1985) - what else could it mean In spite of its all round virtues, dreaming of HAZEL nuts does not apparently presage any good results. It is a sign of trouble from friends to the tradesman it is a sign of prison, or at least loss of trade. Dreams of WALNUTS too meant misfortune or unfaithfulness (Dyer), and so does DANDELION (Dyer. 1889) (perhaps the misfortune has something to do with the diuretic effects embraced by names such as Pissabed). Dreaming of RAMPION BELLFOWER also means trouble - it is a sign of an impending quarrel (Folkard), in line with a superstition, in Italy, that the plant among children breeds a quarrelsome disposition that could even lead to murder. Surprisingly, to dream of PRIMROSES means sickness, deceit, sorrow and grief (Raphael), and dreaming of DAFFODILS could have dire results any maiden who dreams of daffodils...

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