Is All Stress Bad?

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Stressful experiences are a normal part of life, and the human stress response is a survival mechanism that primes us to respond to threats.  Is all stress bad? And do we all respond in exactly the same way to stress? Good stress and bad stress Research shows that good stress…

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Loss of Health

This is the third in a series of blogs about loss, focussing on loss of health. When we talk about loss we often mean the death of someone that we love. But actually our lives are full of small and not so small losses and we can experience grief when…

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Grief Rituals

We are familiar with the public  grief rituals such as funerals, cremations or memorial services,  but smaller more personal grief rituals also have their important part to play in the healing process. The tradtional Irish wake The tradition of holding a wake is one of the most ancient of our…

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Grief and Support

This blog looks at the importance of grief and support. My previous blog looked at our natural tendency when we are grieving, to withdraw, to protect ourselves.  While this is absolutely understandable, it can mean that we miss out on the support that we really need at this time. Accessing…

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Support and Grief

My next few blogs on the topic of grief look at ways in which we can mind ourselves while we go through the deeply painful process of grieving.  This first blog looks at support and grief. As human beings we need to have the face-to-face support of other people as…

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