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Friendship and loss: When grief changes a friendship

November 28, 2013 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

She lost a friend to cancer; now the friend’s widower is ignoring her.

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How should a friend respond to bad news?

September 27, 2013 | By | 2 Replies Continue Reading

When you tell a friend bad news, it’s not unusual to leave them at a loss for words.

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Should I give my friend a pass because she is grieving?

August 10, 2013 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

It can be tricky to know when to give a friend “a pass”—and how much to overlook after trauma or loss.

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How can I handle a friend who is angry and hostile?

February 19, 2013 | By | 5 Replies Continue Reading

I have a friend who lost her husband about a year ago. She has also lost most of her friends through her hostile behavior toward them…

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In the Media – Wonderful friendship story by Joyce Wadler

February 10, 2013 | By | Reply Continue Reading
In the Media – Wonderful friendship story by Joyce Wadler

Incredibly moving friendship story by Joyce Wadler of the New York Times

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Guest Post – Getting over the trauma of multiple deaths

My colleague, Linda Ligenza–a social worker and life coach who is also an expert on trauma–recently penned a guest post here entitled, Trauma, Trust and Friendship. She offered some self-help tips for coping with traumatic experiences, particularly as they affect friendships. Since that post, a visitor to the blog wrote me asking for more information. [...]

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Nora Ephron’s friendships – All too short

June 28, 2012 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

Nora Ephron collected a string of best friends.

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Remembering Jeffrey Zaslow

February 13, 2012 | By | 23 Replies Continue Reading

Terrible news has a way of traveling almost instantaneously over very long distances. On Friday evening, I was vacationing in Mexico when I learned that Wall Street Journal columnist and best-selling author Jeffrey Zaslow was killed in a car crash on a snowy road in northern Michigan earlier that day.

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A Complicated Friendship

December 19, 2011 | By | 6 Replies Continue Reading

When a friendship begins to feel too complicated, it’s a sign that something’s amiss. It could be that your friend is either withholding information from you and withdrawing. The choices are either to talk about it or to pull back. That’s usually not an easy decision.   QUESTION Hello Irene, I’m finding myself in a [...]

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Complicated Grief: Having an extremely hard time getting over the death of a spouse

November 3, 2011 | By | 3 Replies Continue Reading

QUESTION Dear Irene, My wife died last May, almost six months ago. We were so devoted to each other that we didn’t need any friends. I don’t go to pubs or clubs and am very much a loner. Now, I seem to be pushing people away in case they want something I’m unable to give [...]

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