Understanding Grief

Understanding Grief

Explore helpful topics, & practical tips

Whether you want to know if what you are feeling is normal, practical life tips to recognize and navigate the stage you are in, gain a deeper understanding of grief and loss, or simply want to know what has helped others who have dealt with similar feelings Survive-Alive-Thrive resources and podcasts have you covered.

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Permission To Feel The Way You Feel

I know from experience—and I suspect that you know as well—that grief is not linear. When I lost my wife,…

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Permission To Feel The Way You Feel

I know from experience—and I suspect that you know as well—that grief is not linear. When I lost my wife, I didn’t move predictably from one emotion to the next. Sometimes, I even wondered if something was wrong when my feelings swirled again. This the reason we created the Survive-Alive-Thrive model of loss recovery to

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Why The 5 Stages Of Grief Might Not Work For You

The most well-known psychology-based model in the grief-recovery world is the Kuebler-Ross “Five Stages of Grief.” This model, introduced in the 1969 book On Death and Dying by noted Swiss-American psychiatrist Dr. Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross, presents a concept that is linear in nature.The model states that a survivor progresses through 5 emotional stages: (1) denial, (2)

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Atomic Emotions

Have you ever seen a diagram of an atom? There’s usually a nucleus made up of tightly packed protons and neutrons at the core, and that nucleus is surrounded by electrons moving in tight oval rotations around the center. There is enormous energy generated when those electrons crash into one another! Now consider what this

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Living A Joy-filled Life podcast

Understanding Loss – A Discussion

Join author Mark S. Negley, with his wife and partner Dr. Melyn Galbreath, and co-host Peter Hartzell, as they begin a discussion around understanding loss and brokenness. If you or someone you love is dealing with a loss event, our hope is that this podcast will give you hope and understanding. We pray that Survive

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What I Learned From Asking The Tough Questions

In an effort to come to grips with my own grief. I spent the last 5 years interviewing hundreds of people about their own healing journeys, and I have had the privilege of facilitating grief support groups focused on helping others through loss, grief and recovery. Together with the other members of this community, we

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Living A Joy-filled Life podcast

3 Stages Of Grief – A Discussion

Author Mark S. Negley, with wife and partner, Dr. Melyn Galbreath, and co-host Peter Hartzell, begin a very important discussion around navigating the 3 stages of grief: Survive – Alive – Thrive. If you are experiencing grief and loss, our desire is that this podcast will equip you as you navigate your journey to a

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Understanding the Healing Journey

Following the death of my wife in 2016, I wanted—no, I needed—to understand my grief. Over the five years since, I have invested thousands of hours speaking with hundreds of people and formally interviewing dozens in various stages of their loss and healing journey. And for two of those years, I’ve had the privilege of

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