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Ronald Mlodzik
B: 1938-03-12
D: 2017-06-21
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Mlodzik, Ronald
Albert Switalla
B: 1963-11-14
D: 2017-06-20
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Switalla, Albert
Ronald Davis
B: 1937-10-15
D: 2017-06-20
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Davis, Ronald
Charles Hilberg
B: 1942-01-27
D: 2017-06-18
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Hilberg, Charles
Raymond Mazzarelli
B: 1928-04-01
D: 2017-06-18
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Mazzarelli, Raymond
Ann Fanduzzi
B: 1921-11-15
D: 2017-06-17
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Fanduzzi, Ann
Keith Brothen
B: 1958-05-02
D: 2017-06-15
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Brothen, Keith
Richard Barnes
B: 1922-09-13
D: 2017-06-14
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Barnes, Richard
Donald Norcross
B: 1925-07-18
D: 2017-06-13
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Norcross, Donald
Lay Handford
B: 1955-05-20
D: 2017-06-11
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Handford, Lay
Robert Wagnon
B: 1928-12-29
D: 2017-06-08
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Wagnon, Robert
Andrew Mastronardi
B: 1934-09-12
D: 2017-06-06
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Mastronardi, Andrew
Florence Wesselius
B: 1922-04-27
D: 2017-06-02
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Wesselius, Florence
Heidi Schuerstedt
B: 1963-03-01
D: 2017-06-01
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Schuerstedt, Heidi
Mildred Aken
B: 1939-02-07
D: 2017-05-29
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Aken, Mildred
Richard Arnold
B: 1955-08-01
D: 2017-05-29
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Arnold, Richard
Rexanna Adasiak
B: 1955-06-02
D: 2017-05-28
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Adasiak, Rexanna
Sharon Bello
B: 1939-08-16
D: 2017-05-28
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Bello, Sharon
Kathleen Haller
B: 1944-11-13
D: 2017-05-24
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Haller, Kathleen
Calvin Gardinier
B: 1932-09-08
D: 2017-05-21
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Gardinier, Calvin
Kristine Barnes
B: 1963-10-14
D: 2017-05-15
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Barnes, Kristine

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Sigmund Freud first brought up the concept of grief work in 1917, and today the idea that bereavement is purpose-driven continues.

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  1. To accept the reality of the loss
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  3. To adjust to a world without the deceased
  4. To find an enduring connection with the deceased in the midst of embarking on a new life

Your current job is to focus your attention on achieving each of those goals. It will not occur in any logical order; each of us is different and the path we walk in the bereavement journey is not a straight one.

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Dr. Stephen Joseph identifies what he calls six signposts to facilitate posttraumatic growth. He reminds readers too that "posttraumatic growth does not imply the absence of emotional distress and difficulties in living. It does imply that it is possible through the struggle to come out on the other side, stronger and more philosophical about life."

Before identifying these six signposts, Dr. Joseph reminds his readers of three very important things:

  • You are not on your own
  • Trauma is a normal and natural process
  • Growth is a journey

He also provides a fundamental rule: don't do anything you might not be able to handle now. "If you experience intense emotions, become physically upset, or begin to panic...stop." He gently reminds readers that "having a sense of personal control over your recovery is important. There might be some things you do not feel ready to handle now, but in time, as you discover new strength and develop new coping skills, this will likely change."

Sign Post #1: Taking Stock
Are you physically well? Are you getting enough sleep and eating the right foods for optimum health? Have you received the kind of medical, legal, or psychological help you need? What is your current condition: physically, spiritually, and emotionally?

Sign Post #2: Harvesting Hope
People traumatized by loss often feel hopeless. It's hard to get up in the mourning and thinking about the future sparks pessimism and negativity. Find inspiration in the stories of personal growth written by others; set goals and practice hope as you set out to achieve them.

Sign Post #3: Re-Authoring
Learn to tell your story differently. Take the victim mentality out of the story of loss you tell yourself and others and replace it with the word survivor to return to a sense of control over your life.

Sign Post #4: Identifying Change
Keeping a daily diary can help you to see the small changes within more easily. You can also track those moments when you feel at your best and identify the conditions that brought them about. Identify and nurture the positive changes in your life throughout your bereavement journey.

Sign Post #5: Valuing Change
Review these changes, identifying the ones that you'd like to continue to nurture. Personal transformation requires it. Growth is encouraged when we take time to think about what we have gained from loved ones and when we find a way to use what we have learned to give to others.

Sign Post #6: Expressing Change in Action
Express your growth in new behaviors or, more simply, put your growth into action. When you think in terms of concrete actions, it helps make the growth experienced within your bereavement real to you.

"By focusing on these six signposts," writes Dr. Joseph, "you will find that your posttraumatic growth is beginning to take root."

Sources: 
Freud, Sigmund. On the History of the Psycho-Analytic Movement Papers on Metaphyschology and Other Works.
Worden, James. Grief Counseling & Grief Therapy: A Handbook for the Mental Health Practitioner

Fleming, Stephen. The Changing Face of Grief: From 'Going On to 'On-Going''
Joseph, Stephen. What Doesn't Kill Us: the New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth

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