Monday, May 23, 2011

Grief - An Unique & Ongoing Process

I've been feeling like my emotions have been "stuck" lately, which made me decide to get the movie "Beaches" from Netflix.  I probably won't have a chance to watch it until the weekend, but I know that it will evoke emotions within me that I for some reason am not able to access right now.  I "feel" them, they just won't come out!  I've had this issue most of my life, so I'm not too surprised that it's happening now.  Anyway, during my search for movies, I read of "Cinematherapy".  It sounds like something I've been doing unknowingly for years (watching a movie, crying, journaling about your thoughts/feelings after).  It also indicates that you should pay close attention to your breath and be very aware of your body throughout the movie.  Here is a site that talks about Cinematherapy and lists some movies that may be helpful depending on your specific life circumstance.  Another site called Self-Healing Expressions has a great movie list, that categorizes recommendations by type of loss (i.e., parent, sister, friend, etc.).  Amazon additionally has a list called "Movies that help you cope with death, grief, and loss".  I am not convinced that watching any of these movies will "help" me, but I do think it should be therapeutic to cry, grieve, and reflect on my emotions.

I'd also like to list some book recommendations I've been given and those that I've come across on the internet.  Please know that these books may not coincide with your personal belief system, so make sure it's a good "fit" before you get it. As of now, I have not had the opportunity to read any of these books, but I plan to in the future.

I was going to list some websites that I've found that have helpful information and resources about grieving, but I've decided that this post is getting kind of long- so I think I'll save the rest for another day.  Take care!

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

In Honor of Laura

In honor of my best friend that just passed, I'd like to share this video clip about Melanoma.  Melanoma is being called a "young person's disease" and is the number one cancer that kills women ages 25-30.  Please take the time to watch and learn from this informative video.

Learn more about Melanoma at the AIM at Melanoma website.