The solidarity of grief

Recently I wrote about the aloneness of grief, but there is another side to the story which is the topic of this post: the solidarity of grief. It is remarkable how much more aware we become of other people’s death and loss after our own loss. Catherine, my daughter, took her own life. Ever since,…

Can grief make you sick? (research and commentary)

One doctor wrote an article: “How Grief can make you sick”¬† Delving further into the subject, I found that the Oxford Handbook of Stress, Health and Coping cites research indicating the impact that bereavement can have on our physical health. The odds of a new or worsened illness was estimated at 1.4 times the risk…