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The Hidden Blessings of Grief

Much of the grieving process focuses on our loss. We miss our loved one so much that it hurts, and we wonder how we will ever make it through the pain. We spend time looking back at the past with regret and grow anxious as we anticipate a future without our loved one in it. We wonder how we will ever make it through the upcoming…See More
Dec 26, 2013
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The Greatest Gift You Can Give

‘Tis the season of giving and receiving. Yet our grief keeps us from feeling like going out to the mall or taking the time and energy to find just the right present for our family member. Our tree may remain boxed this year and our lights still in their tangled mess of cords as we just try to make it through the day, much less the holidays.  Still there is a gift you can give to your family more valuable than anything you can buy on the internet, more powerful than any electronic gadget and…See More
Dec 20, 2013
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The Gift of the Present

I was speaking to a reporter about sudden death and how this type of grief differs from anticipated death. I explained that it was no better or worse, just different. No one is ever ready to say goodbye to someone they love, no matter the circumstances. Loss is hard and never invited into our lives. It comes to all, and our hearts yearn for what we can never have again – our loved one’s voice, touch, smile and laugh.However, I think part of the challenge of sudden loss is that it reminds us…See More
Nov 29, 2013
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Sep 24, 2013
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Making Cents of it All

I read an article about a grief support group being held in an all boys high school. At a time of life when their greatest worry should be acne, girlfriends and homework, these boys all were struggling with the death of a parent. The very people we take for granted will be there for us when we get home from school or across the dinner table at night, had tragically left this world too soon. These young men who had to hold it together all day, were able to be vulnerable and show their sorrow,…See More
Sep 5, 2013
Judith Lorraine Harvey commented on Nancy Weil's blog post We are not our emotions
" Nancy, this will be the first birthday without my beautiful mum. She was always the first one to call me in the morning to sing Happy Birthday to me. I thank God every day for the gift of my mother. I know time heals. I prayed to her last…"
Aug 13, 2013
Judith Lorraine Harvey commented on Nancy Weil's blog post We are not our emotions
" 11/8/2013  Nancy,    It's comforting to know that you understand what a horrendous journey this is. I talk to my sister, but it is hard as she did not have the same relationship as I did with mum. My mum was my best…"
Aug 12, 2013
Judith Lorraine Harvey commented on Nancy Weil's blog post We are not our emotions
" I believe we are our emotions. That is what make's us the people we are. The love, compassion, empathy, generosity of heart and soul. It is the heart that rules the head. Our eyes see the happiness, the sorrow, the joy, the pain. Laughter…"
Aug 9, 2013
Nancy Weil's blog post was featured

We are not our emotions

Our grief support group began as it always did, everyone introducing themselves and stating how they were doing. It was June and anniversary dates, Father’s Day, birthdays and other trigger dates were all weighing heavily on the hearts of those in attendance. One after the other person said things like: “I am horrible.” “I am so sad.” “I am lost without him.” The energy in the room grew heavier and heavier as each related how difficult it was to cope with so many memories tied to this time of…See More
Jul 30, 2013
Nancy Weil's blog post was featured

We are not our emotions

Our grief support group began as it always did, everyone introducing themselves and stating how they were doing. It was June and anniversary dates, Father’s Day, birthdays and other trigger dates were all weighing heavily on the hearts of those in attendance. One after the other person said things like: “I am horrible.” “I am so sad.” “I am lost without him.” The energy in the room grew heavier and heavier as each related how difficult it was to cope with so many memories tied to this time of…See More
Jul 8, 2013
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3 Myths About Grief Support

Three Myths About Grief Support Programs DispelledMyth #1 – All you do at grief support is tell your sad story and cry.Not at most programs! People laugh, they cry, they share and they feel better! Grief support groups are there to help as you heal from your loss. Whether or not you choose to speak, you can hear others share their feelings and discuss their situations so that you leave knowing that you are not alone in your experience. Friendships form, support is given and by the end of the…See More
Apr 25, 2013
victoria, Justin's Mom left a comment for Nancy Weil
"When reading Everyone is Healed I was curious about your conclusion that some of us "grievers" just aren't willing to do the so-called grief work. First off, if you personally have never lost a child you are wholly unable to grasp the…"
Jan 21, 2013
Nancy Weil's blog post was featured

A Bumper Sticker Life

Imagine if you had to sum up your life in only a few words. What would you say? What area of your life would you focus on? Work? Family? Philosophy of life? Would you simply state husband, wife, mother or father? All of your life experiences expressed in a short sentence... This seems to be an impossible task. Yet it is exactly what is done every day when people design their loved one’s marker or monument. Beyond the name and dates, there is a small amount of space to sum up their life. “Dearly…See More
Jan 15, 2013
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Jan 3, 2013
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Can't Delete Them From Our Lives

Going through my phone contacts the other day, I spotted the name and phone number of a dear friend of mine. I smiled at the thought of her and imagined her reassuring voice that greeted me whenever I called and the way she was so interested in the mundane details of my life. How I longed to have one more conversation with her, but she died two years ago from cancer. I found the number I needed and dialed; Donna’s name still securely in my list of contacts. I will never delete her from my…See More
Jan 3, 2013
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About Nancy Weil

Nancy Weil is a leading authority on the relationship between humor and grief. She is the founder of The Laugh Academy and leads the world’s only laughter club held in a cemetery. As a Certified Funeral Celebrant, Nancy understands how humor can be used to aid the grieving process. A Certified Grief Management Specialist, she serves as Director of Grief Support for eleven cemeteries in western New York state. Her products include:  Bandages for Your Heart, a DVD or CD that helps people get relief from the overwhelming pain that grief may bring; the CD Laugh for the Health of It, showing people how to add more humor into their lives;  A Brief Exploration of Grief, available as a free download; and her new book, If Stress Doesn't Kill You, Your Family Might.

Visit www.TheLaughAcademy.com  or find The Laugh Academy on Facebook

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The Hidden Blessings of Grief

Posted on December 26, 2013 at 2:00pm 0 Comments

Much of the grieving process focuses on our loss. We miss our loved one so much that it hurts, and we wonder how we will ever make it through the pain. We spend time looking back at the past with regret and grow anxious as we anticipate a future without our loved one in it. We wonder how we…

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The Greatest Gift You Can Give

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

‘Tis the season of giving and receiving. Yet our grief keeps us from feeling like going out to the mall or taking the time and energy to find just the right present for our family member. Our tree may remain boxed this year and our lights still in their tangled mess of cords as we just try to make it through the day, much less the holidays.  Still there is a gift you can give to your family more valuable than anything you can buy on the internet, more…

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The Gift of the Present

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 9:00am 0 Comments

I was speaking to a reporter about sudden death and how this type of grief differs from anticipated death. I explained that it was no better or worse, just different. No one is ever ready to say goodbye to someone they love, no matter the circumstances. Loss is hard and never invited into our lives. It comes to all, and our hearts yearn for what we can never have again – our loved one’s voice, touch, smile and laugh.…

Continue

Making Cents of it All

Posted on September 5, 2013 at 10:24am 0 Comments

3 pennies (Image via Flickr Creative Commons / agahran I read an article about a grief support group being held in an all boys high school. At a time of life when their greatest worry should be acne, girlfriends and homework, these boys all were struggling with the death of a parent. The very people we take for granted will be there for us when we get home from school or across the dinner table at night, had tragically left this world too soon. These young men who had to hold it together all day, were able to be vulnerable and show…

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At 12:50pm on January 21, 2013, victoria, Justin's Mom said…
When reading Everyone is Healed I was curious about your conclusion that some of us "grievers" just aren't willing to do the so-called grief work. First off, if you personally have never lost a child you are wholly unable to grasp the magnitude of that grief. I consider the mere act of surviving to be grief work.
At 10:12pm on October 1, 2012, Michelle Johnson said…

I am sorry, but I do not know what you are responding to.  If you have lost a child, you will understand we go through periods of grief, I think almost craziness.  I am sorry if I said something unjust. I hope you are getting better, I know I am trying to. 

At 8:30pm on July 1, 2011, Carrie L said…
Hi Nancy ran across your page. That is neat that you have made something out of this. grief is not to laugh about but the idea is ok. because it is so hard. your books look interesting. i don't like the term good grief.carrie

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