Loss, Grief and Self-Blame

I went to see Foxtrot today, an intense and moving Israeli film about grief and loss which was directed by Samuel Maoz. At the film’s onset a mother and father learn that their son, a soldier, has died in the line of duty. You can watch the trailer here There is much that I could […]

Differentiating Between Grief and Clinical Depression

There is ongoing controversy about the diagnosis of Complicated Grief, and the underlying reasons for this are good ones. It is vital that we recognize that there is no timetable for grief, and that each person’s mourning process will look different. Much care must be taken not to pathologize a person’s grieving process. While most […]

Cumulative Losses

When we lose a loved one, that loss will stay with us, in one way or another.  I don’t believe that we ever “get over” the loss of someone who was deeply important to us, even though we hopefully find ways to reinvest in the present and find joy and meaning in our lives moving […]

Mourning after a homicide

So many of us are feeling distress and grief about the school shooting in Florida, and about the countless other violent incidents which have taken place recently in our world. Our hearts are with the family and friends of those who died, and we struggle to make sense of acts which are senseless. For those […]