Why and How I Try to Find Reasons to Laugh

Grieve Well

If there is anything humorous about my son’s death from suicide at age 16 last year, I can’t think of what it might be. Yet even while I grieve his loss, I try to find something to laugh about every day.

joy and sadnessLaughing in the face of sorrow gives me a brief relief from the black gloom that otherwise surrounds me so much of most days. It is hard for the “I wish I were dead” mantra to maintain a presence when I am smiling, chuckling or outright guffawing. And every second I can steal from this pit of agony is a triumph for life, the way I see it.

Another reason for laughing while trying to recover from devastating loss and personal trauma is that it is therapeutic. A number of research studies have consistently found that laughing seems to help you get through grief faster, with less pain and…

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About Sue Rosenbloom, M.A., C.T.

Thanatologist: Loss and Grief Coach - My blog is for educational purposes only. I am not a licensed professional counselor - Bachelor of Arts in Human Studies - Marylhurst University (2007)- Certificate in Thanatology - Hood College (2008) Master of Arts in Thanatology - Hood College (2009) Certificate in Thanatology - The-Association for Death Education and Counseling (The highest level of loss and grief education). * Hospice, Alzheimers and Senior's Advocate * Former first responder for Trauma Intervention Program, Inc. (TIP) * Hospice and Bereavement Volunteer for Providence Hospice Bereavement Program * Association for Death Education and Counseling Member * National Alliance for Bereavement of Children * Hood College Thanatology Association * American Group Psychotherapy Association * Marylhurst Gerontolgy Association * Oregon Gerontology Association * Hospice, Loss, Grief and Bereavement Researcher * Creative Writer
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