A Poignant Grief Poem

A Poignant Grief Poem With opening comments by grief counselor Marty Tousley, author of the First Year of Grief This beautifully crafted poem ~ a stunning and vivid description of raw grief ~ was written by award-winning author Ellen Bass, who teaches poetry and creative writing in Santa Cruz, California. In a Continue Reading →

A Heart-Opening Story: A Father, Daughter and a Dog

Healing Whispers: Communication with Your Spirit Guides and Angels Within this course, you are invited to explore ways you may use your innate intuitive gift to communicate with your spirit guides, angels, and deceased loved ones. You may be delighted to discover how easily you can cross the spiritual bridge Continue Reading →

When Grief Seems Insignificant by Comparison

The First Year of Grief: Help for the Journey Understand the nature of grief and its potential impact on all aspects of your life: physical, financial, emotional, social and spiritual. Learn how to move through grief actively and make the process of mourning a healing one. Find support and guidance Continue Reading →

Grief During the Holidays

Dealing with Grief During the Holidays © by Marty Tousley, Bereavement Counselor Once again the holiday season is upon us, and while these days are meant to be filled with joy and family unity, this time of year can be very difficult for those of us in mourning. We may Continue Reading →

Grief Song

Grief Song © 2010 by Marty Tousley, RN, MS, FT, DCC httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsCdlX-5UjE Forever Autumn – Justin Hayward Autumn Grief Song and Message from Marty ~ Autumn is a season that seems perfectly aligned with grief. The long, sun-lit days of summer are dwindling.  The days grow ever shorter, leaves die Continue Reading →

Grief Observed: Using Movies to Move through Grief

Healthy grieving requires that we acknowledge, experience and express the pain of our loss. For many of us, this is the hardest part of grief work, and we may prefer to put it off or avoid it all together. Sometimes we need help to get started, both in getting in Continue Reading →

Grief Songs

Grief Songs: Music for a Grieving Heart © by Marty Tousley, RN, MS, FT, DCC People have known for centuries that music touches the human soul. We know intuitively that music affects us in profound and healing ways, both emotionally and physically, and present-day research demonstrates this to be true. Continue Reading →

Grief during the Holidays: Ways to Cope

“Happy Holidays!” is a greeting we hear often at this time of year – but if you’re mourning the loss of a loved one, the holiday season may be anything but happy for you. Perhaps there is no time of the year when we are more aware of the empty Continue Reading →

Dear Marty ~ Coping with Sleeplessness in Grief

Question: I just received the first lesson for The First Year of Grief: Help for the Journey. My mom died last August after 5 years in a nursing home and losing her right leg 2 years ago, and my dog had cataract surgery in September . . . there were Continue Reading →