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My Daughter was Murdered

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | August 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My daughter was murdered a year ago. She was upset with me before it happened. I saw her the morning it happened, and we only waved at each other. Later, I saw her body lying on the floor in her house and I can’t get that image out of my head. I …

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Loss of Financial Security During Troubled Times

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | August 16, 2021 | 1 Comment

Editor’s Note: Loss of Financial Security is a repost we thought would be very relevant in these troubled times. Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My husband died two years ago. I also lost my home of more than a quarter century. and had to file for bankruptcy due to his passing. I have no idea how to get over …

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Antidepressants and Complicated Grief…any other way?

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | August 9, 2021 | 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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My husband’s daughter accused him of molesting her

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | August 2, 2021 | 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 26, 2021 | 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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Mother died in car accident while son was driving

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | July 19, 2021 | 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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Spouses grieving loss of a daughter differently

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | July 12, 2021 | 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, 2021 | 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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My Gay Daughter Took Her Own Life – Gay Pride Month

By Dr. Robert Neimeyer | June 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Dear Dr. Neimeyer, My only child, my 16 year old daughter, took her own life just one month ago.  She showed no signs at all.  Straight A student, worked as cashier part time, saving money for college.  She just finished her College Boards and got an amazing score.  I know this wasn’t planned–she had placed orders …

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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. …

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