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Resilience is like a muscle you can build. It’s just a matter of knowing how.
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Grief is one of the most universal human experiences, but all too often, no one talks about it. Here you’ll find personal stories that deal with loss openly and honestly.
A psychology professor has made it his goal to understand how people respond to illness and death. He shares ways that we can help ourselves, our friends, and our families grieve.
The CEO of Good Grief—and a former hospice chaplain—shares strategies to help children cope with the death of a loved one and make sense of tragedy.
The UK’s leading grief expert discusses why we fear grief and pain—and shares ideas for how we can talk about them more openly.
This guide provides specific ways to help a grieving friend based on insights from members of The Dinner Party, a community focused on life after loss.
Grief expert Nancy Berns explains why we don't need closure to heal from loss. Rather, we can find freedom by carrying our joy and our grief together.
Sesame Street developed this bilingual multimedia toolkit to help families communicate openly and effectively about grief and begin healing together.
Good Grief's Joe Primo, a former hospice chaplain and an expert on how to help children grieve, explains why we should embrace the process of grieving—and how the experience can lead to a richer life.
Dr. Lucy Kalanithi shares what she learned about life through her husband's illness and death—that 'being human doesn't happen despite suffering—it happens within it.'
A moving tribute from a woman with terminal cancer to her husband—and an earnest wish that he finds love again.
Listen to Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant share key findings from Option B about how you can build resilience.
Resilience is the strength and speed of our response to adversity. It’s a skillset we develop over the course of our lives, and there are concrete steps we can take to build resilience long before we face any kind of difficulty.
We often have a hard time talking about adversity—but staying silent can make our loved ones feel even more isolated after loss or hardship. This video offers simple ways to speak with empathy and honesty when our friends are suffering.
One way we build resilience is by fighting permanence, which is the belief that our grief or pain will last forever. Taking steps to remind ourselves that even the most painful feelings won’t always be so intense can help us find the strength to heal.
When you treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding you’d show a friend, that’s self-compassion. When you believe in your abilities, that’s self-confidence. We can practice self-compassion and develop our self-confidence on a daily basis to build resilience.
We’ve all heard of the Golden Rule: treat others how you want to be treated. But the way you want to be treated when facing adversity may be completely different from how others want to be treated. Use the Platinum Rule instead: treat others how they want to be treated.
Kids are often more resilient than we think. There are concrete things we can do to help them build that resilience, including making sure they know they aren’t facing adversity alone.
After loss or trauma, we all hope to bounce back. Some of us manage to bounce forward. Learn how helping others gives our suffering meaning, allowing us to grow from the most difficult experiences of our lives.
The guilt we feel after loss or trauma can prevent us from enjoying the things we love. But when we give ourselves permission to do what we love, we allow ourselves to reclaim joy in our lives.
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