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Grieving and the Holidays

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | November 8, 2021 | 1 Comment

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My husband Don died 9 months ago after a rapid decline; and his lungs basically stopped working, even with oxygen treatments.  His death has been hard for us as a family in many ways, as he lived only about 6 months after getting the diagnosis, and we are now facing the first Christmas …

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Do I have PTSD?

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | November 1, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, I have a question please. I lost my sixteen year old son in an accident only fifteen months ago. I can hardly walk through this house of memories, so I stay isolated in one room. I do not want to be bothered. My mom lives here and has taken over for a …

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Tragic death of a Mother at Another’s Hand

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | October 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My therapist showed me your website and I’m grateful for her suggestion to join and get involved here. My mother was killed in 2012 and I’m still struggling very much with what I’m told is called complicated grief. I was very very close to my mum, who was my best friend, my …

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Accidental drug overdose took our daughter

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | October 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My wife and I lost our 23- year-old daughter to an accidental drug overdose just over one year ago, and of course we have been devastated by the loss. Each of us has coped in our own way, and we continue to function in practical terms, although the early months were pretty …

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I Lost My Son to a Drug Overdose

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | October 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, I lost my son five years ago to a drug overdose. l battled with him for several years trying to break his addiction. He died right before his 28 birthday. I feel like I lost everything when I lost him. He was my baby. I have three other children and numerous grandchildren, but the kids say I’m …

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Fearing the loss of loved ones: Dear Dr. Neimeyer…

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | October 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer I lost my young wife after twenty years of marriage. Since then I feel like I’ve moved on; I found a new wife whom I love completely. We’ve raised terrific children. My problem is that I have an irrational fear of loss. At least once a day I obsess about losing my …

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Violent Death of a Son

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | September 20, 2021 | 2 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My son was stabbed this Spring and lost his life two days later, and they let the guy walk free.  I continue fighting for justice for my son, but I am so lost without him. I am literally going crazy. I can’t sleep, I don’t eat properly, and I have lost 25 …

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My teenage son was electrocuted…

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | September 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My teenage son was electrocuted at home accidentally almost 20 years ago.  My counselor is not happy with my saying he was killed.  I know the difference because about three decades ago, another toddler son died from a cerebral aneurysm , so in my eyes one died and one was killed and …

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What is the Meaning of Life? 9.7.21

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | September 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

What is the Meaning of Life? is re-published in remembrance of 9/11 and the ongoing pandemic 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 struggling with deeply unwelcome …

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Daughter Murdered by the Father of Her Children

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | August 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My daughter was murdered by the father of her children. Her children at the time were a toddler and an infant. It’s now seven years later. My daughter was just 21 years old. I had to get my granddaughter’s things out of the apartment she was murdered in, so it was very …

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