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Grief & Depression

The Weight Can Be Lifted!

Are you grieving over the loss of a loved one, pet, or job? Grief is not right or wrong. It just is. Learn the tools to help during your grief journey.

LifeStar Counseling can help you:

  • Cope with the loss of your spouse, a child or parent
  • Cope with the loss of a family member. close friend or pet
  • Navigate major life transitions such as job change, home move or unemployment
  • Learn to help yourself when in the midst of the miry bog of depression

On some level we all experience grief whether it is the loss of a job, loss of a loved one or the loss of a pet. Grief can be very disorienting. It can leave you feeling you are lost at sea with no land in sight. The waves continue to wash over you with a myriad of feelings such as sadness, loss of energy and purpose, depression, apathy, darkness, or hopelessness. And this isn’t an exhaustive list of how grief may impact you. There is no map on how to get out of grief. There is no safe shortcut to get over grief. There is no timetable for getting over your grief. The truth is you just have to go through it.

Sometimes our friends and family won’t understand our grief and will say hurtful things even though they are trying to be helpful. Sometimes people have pre-conceived ideas about how one should be processing grief and freely let you know when you are not doing it “right”. There isn’t a “right way” to go through grief. The truth is that every person’s grief journey will be unique.

The good news is there are resources and tools that can be extremely helpful on the journey through grief. Just being able to talk freely about your grief with someone who understands the nature of grief can be extremely helpful. Making connections with a group of people that are also on the journey can also be very encouraging during the arduous grief trek. While grief can be so isolating and even paralyzing, making the choice to equip yourself with the right tools can be tremendous help during your grief journey.

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Inspiration

"You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose."
Indira Gandhi, first female prime minister of India
"Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen."
Sarah Ban Breathnach
"A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture, and transform."
Diane Mariechild, author of "Mother of Wit"
"You have to imagine it possible before you can see something. You can have the evidence right in front of you, but if you can't imagine something that has never existed before, it's impossible."
Rita Dove, first African-American poet laureate of the U.S.
"I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear."
Rosa Parks, African-American civil rights activist
"Woman must not accept; she must challenge. She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her; she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression."
Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood
"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."
Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, author of "On Death and Dying"
I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.
Charlotte Brontë
"Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live."
Mae C. Jemison, first African-American woman astronaut
"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship."
Louisa May Alcott, author of "Little Women"

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