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AZ Center for Loss & Grief

Grief Relief

Everyone knows that loss is one of life’s most difficult experiences.  However, it also is true that when one experiences intense feelings of grief and sorrow, comforting words can make a miraculous difference. When the end of life does happen, we never are prepared. The fact is, emotionally, most of us aren’t ready to deal with life-altering loss. Anna Prassa, a professional grief counselor, will help you and your loved ones through this life change so you can come to terms with your loss. She will listen to your thoughts, feelings and needs, so you are able to communicate from the heart about the loss. Grieving with a caring individual is naturally healing and can help make this life transition one filled with precious memories of your past loss.

Anna has created an innovative approach to healing from grief, combining natural healing elements with personal care to help people through a very difficult time. It is crucial that listening and caring be the focus of the grief process so loved ones can move forward in a healthy and positive fashion.

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The loss of a pet.


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Grief during the holiday season.


Nurturing Yourself During Grief

5 Steps Towards Nurturing Yourself

1. Discover what feels nurturing to you.

Try journaling to remember times in which you felt particularly nurtured. Gently ask yourself, “what feels nurturing?”

2. Resolve any conflicts around nurturing yourself.

Discuss your goal of nurturing yourself with the people around you so they support you in your efforts to nurture yourself.

3. Give yourself permission to do what feel nurturing
to yourself.

Create the time, space and energy to nurture yourself by simply giving your self permission to do so.

4. Evaluate if something was nurturing or not.

Spend some time evaluating whether your efforts are working.

5. Be patient with yourself and other people.

Like anything new, learning to nurture yourself takes time and effort. Be patient with yourself and your families as you learn to nurture yourself. You also will teach your family a valuable lesson.

“Within All of Life…. There is a Season”

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I Have a Friend in Grief: How Can I Help ?

One of the mistakes we make is asking people in deep grief how we can help them.  They are often too lost in their own sorrow to identify needs.  It’s OK to ask; but just know you can step in and help.  For instance, if it’s after the funeral at a reception and the trash needs to be taken out – don’t ask, just help.  In the old days we would gather around the loved one and just do things for them.  Bring over some food so that they don’t have cook but can still eat well.  You probably know their life – offer to pick up the kids, help them with their yard, offer to take them on errands.  See the ten ways.


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