Losing 3 Family Members, Back to Back

Today Diane Brennan, founder of The 20-20 Grief Project shares her own story of loss, from more than 20 years ago. Diane lost her brother, father, and grandmother all within a short window. In this video we hear how those losses affected her at the time and how she reflects upon them today. Share your…

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Surviving Her Sister’s Murder: Interview with Shani Campbell

Today we hear from Shani Campbell who shares the sudden and unexpected loss of her older sister, from more than twenty years ago. Shani’s sister, and a friend, were abducted and murdered in 1994, when Shani was 13 years old. In her story we learn how Shani coped with her sister’s loss, and how she…

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Creating a New Narrative After Loss

It’s a cliche to say that life is about the stories we tell ourselves—but there is a lot of truth to this one. How we understand things that happen to us and that happen around us is determined largely by the narratives we create and repeat to ourselves. How we understand the trajectory of our…

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Family Matters — How Families Change after Loss

Loss can and often does change everything in our life, including our relationship with our family. Some of the changes are for the better, some are simply different but neutral and others are undeniably negative. In the years following a loss, family dynamics will continue to evolve—sometimes becoming more like they were before the loss,…

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Is It Ever Ok or Possible to Move on?

If you’re dealing with a death of a loved one, the idea of “moving on” can feel insulting. It’s a phrase often associated with a break-up and implies emotional distance. But after a major loss you will likely hear people talking about how you should move on. What does that mean, and is it even…

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Finding Strength and Resilience after Loss

After a major loss it’s normal to find it hard to function for at least a short amount of time afterward. But even the most devastating loss can be an occasion for growth. For some people, the path towards resilience comes easily—usually people who both already had an optimistic mindset and who don’t see their…

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When Will I Get Better?

We like to fix things, including ourselves. If you’ve recently experienced a loss, you might be wonder when you’ll feel “normal” again. There is a short and long answer to this question: Research does show that most people start to see ‘acute grief’ symptoms decrease around the six-month mark after their loved one’s death. The…

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