Recent Stories

I found my dad’s body on Father’s Day

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | June 21, 2021 | 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. …

I found my dad’s body on Father’s Day Read More »

Continue Reading

Unpredictability of Grief: a Letter to Sofia

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | June 14, 2021 | 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 …

Unpredictability of Grief: a Letter to Sofia Read More »

Continue Reading

The Grief Journey-losing multiple loved ones

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | June 7, 2021 | 0 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.] Dear Dr. Neimeyer, The grief journey never goes away. I lost my dad when I was 14, and my best friend when I was in my late 30s. Four years …

The Grief Journey-losing multiple loved ones Read More »

Continue Reading

Advice for a daughter who lost her husband/soldier

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | May 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My 23 year old daughter lost her husband two years ago. He was a soldier and her high school sweetheart. He was killed in a car accident on a military base. She is so lost and devastated. She feels like she has lost her identity and has questioned everything in life now. …

Advice for a daughter who lost her husband/soldier Read More »

Continue Reading

A Veteran and a partner’s suicide

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | May 24, 2021 | 0 Comments

Editor’s note: we are reprinting this post in honor of all who have served their country, veterans and currently serving. Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My partner committed suicide in front of me last February. He asked me to hold his hand. I always promised I’d be there for him, regardless. But this was something I couldn’t …

A Veteran and a partner’s suicide Read More »

Continue Reading

My son died of cancer…holding on to good memories

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | May 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My 26 year old son died 7 years ago after a prolonged battle with a malignant brain tumor. I was his caretaker. He was my first child and my only son. Our relationship was magnificent. I can’t get a grip on the good memories. I am constantly thrown into a grand mal seizure or …

My son died of cancer…holding on to good memories Read More »

Continue Reading

Ambiguous Losses: a brother’s cancer diagnosis

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | May 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

Editor’s note: we thought this relevant to the time we are living in when many are struggling with the prospect of a loved one dying. Dear Dr. Neimeyer, Five years ago my younger brother, Eric, was diagnosed with cancer, though he was only 15 at the time.  Our life as a family seemed to change …

Ambiguous Losses: a brother’s cancer diagnosis Read More »

Continue Reading

Complicated and consuming grief of a friend

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | May 3, 2021 | 1 Comment

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 …

Complicated and consuming grief of a friend Read More »

Continue Reading

Now cut off from the world…Complicated Grief

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | April 26, 2021 | 1 Comment

Editor’s note: we thought this was relevant in a time of pandemic when many who are grieving are cut off from normal social interaction and rituals of grief. Dear Dr. Neimeyer, As a director of a bereavement center myself, I am very concerned about a friend. Her mother died about 4 years ago. Her father …

Now cut off from the world…Complicated Grief Read More »

Continue Reading

Complicated Grief: A therapist asks about the loss of a daughter

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | April 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, I have been working intermittently for many years with a woman named Pam who was divorced when her adult children were adolescents, as a result of the father’s unpredictable and violent behavior and alcoholism. Likewise, two of her four children have had long histories of drug and alcohol use, despite her funding …

Complicated Grief: A therapist asks about the loss of a daughter Read More »

Continue Reading
Scroll to Top