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Helping Yourself Heal When an Adult Sibling Dies

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.   “To the outside world we all grow old.  But not to brothers and sisters.  We know each other as we always were.  We know each other’s hearts.  We share private family jokes.  We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs...

Mustering the Courage to Mourn

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.   “Whatever you do, you need courage.”  — Ralph Waldo Emerson Loss brings uninvited pain into our lives. In opening to the presence of the pain of your loss, in acknowledging the inevitability of the pain, in being willing to...

Grieving the Death of a Celebrity

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.   When someone we have admired from afar dies, it’s normal and natural to experience grief. This article will help you understand your thoughts and feelings over the death of a celebrity and find healing ways to mourn.   What is...

Helping Yourself Heal During the Holiday Season

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.   Holidays are often difficult for anyone who has experienced the death of someone loved.  Rather than being times of family togetherness, sharing and thanksgiving, holidays can bring feelings of sadness, loss and emptiness.   Love...

Why Is the Funeral Ritual Important?

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.   “When words are inadequate, have a ritual.”  — Author Unknown Rituals are symbolic activities that help us, together with our families and friends, express our deepest thoughts and feelings about life’s most important events.  Baptism...

Nurturing Yourself When You’re Grieving

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.   “There is nothing in nature that can’t be taken as a sign of both mortality and invigoration.” — Gretel Ehrlich The word “bereaved,” which to our modern-day ears can sound like an old-fashioned term that only a funeral director might...

Helping Yourself Heal When Your Child Dies

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.   “The experience of grief is powerful. So, too, is your ability to help yourself heal. In doing the work of grieving, you are moving toward a renewed sense of meaning and purpose in your life.” ~ ~ ~ Allow yourself to mourn Your...

Reaching Out for Help When You Are Grieving

by Alan D. Wolfelt, Ph.D.   “Action is the antidote to despair.”  – Joan Baez When someone you love dies, you must mourn if you are to renew your capacity for love.  In other words, mourning brings healing.  But healing also requires the support and...