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Getting through grief without anti-depressants?

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | February 26, 2024 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, Is the best and probably only way to get through complicated grief through the use of anti-depressants? 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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Fearing the loss of a child

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | February 19, 2024 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, Firstly, thank you for providing your expertise online. It has helped me since losing one of my twin sons in his late 20s in a motorcycle accident not long ago. This time has been filled with not only grief for the loss of my very close son, but also worry for his twin brother  who witnessed […]

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Holiday Grieving and Valentine’s Day Ask Dr. Neimeyer

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | February 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: we thought this repost would be especially helpful for those who struggle to get through Valentine’s Day Dear Dr. Neimeyer– My husband died just over a year ago, so now begins my second year without him, and I am not looking forward to it.  It’s not that I am immobilized by grief, as […]

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Death of a Teenage Daughter

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | February 5, 2024 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My teenage daughter Daniella died in a car accident almost two years ago, and even though I have been able to go on raising my other two children and working in my office job, I continue to feel a great deal of grief and also some irrational guilt about her death, because […]

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Mourning a Former Spouse: Disenfranchised Grief: Reader Comments

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | January 29, 2024 | 1 Comment

Mourning a Former Spouse: Disenfranchised Grief: Reader Comments Editor’s Note: This is a rarely discussed topic, but in a country where 40-50% of couples file for divorce, it is an inevitability. Since Dr. Neimeyer addressed this in a post several years ago, we have received many comments. Here is a link to the original article: […]

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Why do I feel guilty?

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | January 22, 2024 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, Why do I feel guilty when I laugh or have fun, knowing my daughter isn’t here, and I shouldn’t be having fun? Dolores Dear Dolores– There is an unwritten code in our culture–one that is an explicit prescription in many world cultures–that presumes that we honor the dead when we wear our […]

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Complicated and consuming grief of a friend

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | January 15, 2024 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer I have read and appreciate your work about meaning reconstruction in loss. I have a friend whose grief is so complicated and consuming that she can’t find life for herself (her husband died from cancer about six years ago) and she can’t seem to move forward at all. Here is an excerpt […]

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Response to Dr. Neimeyer’s Meaning of Life Post

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | January 8, 2024 | 0 Comments

Editor’s Note: this is an eloquent response to Dr. Neimeyer’s recent post “What is the Meaning of Life? Goodbye to 2023″ which can be found here: What is the Meaning of Life? Goodbye to 2023 Dear Dr. Neimeyer, For many seasons have you offered support, real support to those of us who have lost loved […]

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Anticipatory grief, when a loved one is dying

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | January 2, 2024 | 1 Comment

Dealing with Anticipatory Grief Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My question is about anticipatory grief, the distress that family members can feel when a loved one is receiving end-of-life care. I work in a palliative care unit of a large hospital, and we often have families who are overwhelmed with the reality of the patient’s impending death, […]

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What is the Meaning of Life? Goodbye to 2023

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | December 26, 2023 | 1 Comment

What is the Meaning of Life? We repost this classic Dr. Neimeyer piece as every new year approaches. –The Editors Dear Dr. Neimeyer, I have just one question, but it is a big one. In your opinion, what is the meaning of life?–Nicolae Dear Nicolae, I’m a practicing psychologist who works alongside people who are […]

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