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Antidepressants and Complicated Grief…any other way?

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | August 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, Is the best and probably only way to get through complicated grief through the use of antidepressants? Thanks. Demi   Dear Demi, Both clinical experience and clinical research suggest that antidepressant medication is a mixed blessing in the context of bereavement, for several reasons. In fact, for many years psychiatrists agreed that …

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Mother died while son was driving

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | August 8, 2022 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, Thirteen years ago I experienced a seizure while driving.  My mother was killed in the accident.  I had an extremely close relationship with my mother.  I continue to feel guilty and struggle to make sense of this tragedy. Phil Dear Phil, Your tragic story, summarized vividly in so few words, conveys the catastrophic …

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My husband’s daughter accused him of molesting her

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | August 1, 2022 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My husband passed away suddenly and unexpectedly over two years ago. I am in a lot of emotional pain, but that’s not why I am writing. Three decades ago my husband’s daughter accused him of molesting her; this recollection had come to her, she said, during a course of psychotherapy. He said …

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Mom has turned bedroom into a shrine to my departed father…

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | July 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My question is regarding my mother.   We lost my father very unexpectedly this past summer, and she is having a very hard time with his loss, as we all are.  My question is this: Is it good for her to have her bedroom looking like a shrine to him, so that whenever …

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The Unpredictability of Grief: a Letter to Sofia

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | July 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

[Editors Note: I just heard about two fathers who died this week, both in their thirties. We reprint this for all the young people losing loved ones] Dear Dr. Neimeyer, I’m a writer for my high school’s award-winning newspaper and I’m writing an article about the unpredictability of grief. I would love if you could …

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Spouses grieving loss of a daughter differently

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | July 11, 2022 | 0 Comments

Dr. Neimeyer, My daughter passed away four years ago. My husband and I grieve so differently. I find it difficult to feel supported by him because I have always needed to talk about my grief while he rarely talks about his. When I cry, he doesn’t know what to say and doesn’t really offer the …

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Preparing for the anniversary of my daughter’s passing

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | July 5, 2022 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, How do I handle the one year anniversary of my daughter’s passing, which is coming up next month? She left three babies behind, and I found her in her room with the boys with her. Luckily they were sleeping. But I can’t get that vision out of my head! I cry, I …

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Recent Comments on an Ask Dr. Neimeyer Q&A about the sudden loss of a husband

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | June 27, 2022 | 0 Comments

  Editor’s Note: the following comments come from two Ask Dr. Neimeyer Q&As: After sudden death of a husband; finding meaning in life My Husband Died: How can I live without him?   LT: I wish I could help everyone because that is my nature. But I am feeling the same after losing my husband …

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I found my dad’s body on Father’s Day

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | June 20, 2022 | 0 Comments

Dear. Dr. Neimeyer, Do you think that because I  found my dad’s body a few hours after a normal visit that could be a reason I’m having such a difficult time now with his death? Today is five months and I can’t stop crying. I lost my dad on Father’s Day and it was so unexpected. …

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The Grief Journey

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | June 13, 2022 | 2 Comments

[Editors Note: I was reminded of this Q&A when three members of a family died in my community from COVID-19, a mother, father, and daughter. Many are facing multiple familial losses now, and it is likely to get worse.] Dear Dr. Neimeyer, The grief journey never goes away. I lost my dad when I was …

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