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Lessons from End of Life University: The Many Paths of Grief

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on December 14, 2015 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)



As the host of End-of-Life University, an online interview series, I have had the privilege over the past two years of speaking with a number of experts on grief and loss. These individuals have all traveled their own journeys through the perilous territory of loss and trauma and now help others who are de...

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Holiday Gift Guide for Those Coping With Death

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on December 8, 2015 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)


Admittedly, seeing the words “death” and “holiday” in the same title can be a bit jarring. But the reality is that during this season of joy and love many people are dealing with either the approaching death of a loved one or grief over a loss that has already occurred. For these individuals there is little “jolliness” or merriment to be found in the month of December.


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Remembering Matteo

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on July 2, 2014 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)


On July 1, 2014, my friend Matthew Bogue - Matteo - left this life after a long and courageous battle with MS. I met him 10 years ago when I was asked to interview him and write an appeal letter for the local agancy that was providing care for him at home. Here is an excerpt from the piece I wrote that sums up the impact Matteo had on everyone he met. Fly free Matteo - now you have your o...

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Grief after a suicide death

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on December 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)


The entertainment world was recently rocked by the suicide death of actor and comedian Robin Williams - an event which stirred up my own painful memories of my father's suicide. This tragedy will touch the lives of thousands of individuals who have not yet even begun to understand the depth of sorrow it contains.


Grief after a suicide death is  extreme...

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Letters to the broken-hearted: number 2

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on March 21, 2012 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (1)

“From the flames of suffering the soul rises,

a shimmering ray of light that illuminates the night.”

Dear friend,

Once again I am writing to you in your darkness, hoping to bring the faint light of a single candle to your midst. Hoping you will see, if only briefly, the thin thread of hope that ...

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Letters to the broken-hearted: number 1

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 27, 2012 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)


“Though your mind overflows with questions put them to rest in the darkness and let the stars in the night sky be your answer.”

Dear Friend,

I know that your heart is so broken right now that you cannot imagine the pieces coming together again. I understand that you are ex...

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Grieving Whitney

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on February 16, 2012 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

In some ways we lost Whitney Houston several years ago, when her song was first tarnished by the drugs and alcohol that ravaged her life. We should have seen this coming. We should have been able to prevent this. That’s what hurts so much when you lose someone like Whitney. Her precious gift that we cherished and admired is what made her so vulnerable.

She admitted to terrible stage fright, fearing “the sound of 10.000 disappointed people.” She admitted to being her ow...

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Book Review: "Move Beyond Grief Journal"

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on October 17, 2011 at 4:10 PM Comments comments (0)
“Grief is a journey. There is no right or wrong to it. Just allow. Just be.”

With that introduction, the “Move Beyond Grief Journal” by Sandy Clendenen takes the reader gently by the hand and leads the way down a path of healing for the pain of loss. This interactive journal provi...
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Grief: How to help in difficult times

Posted by Karen M. Wyatt on October 12, 2011 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)
    

The subject of grief doesn’t come up very often in conversation except in times of tragedy. The death of Steve Jobs last week is one such tragedy that has led to many discussions about death and dying, the meaning of life and how to cope when loss ...
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