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Invitation: Share Your Voice in New Traumatic Loss Study

By Kerry J. Bickford, SADOD Newsletter Editor — Are you or is someone you know or love a survivor of a traumatic loss? Our colleagues at the Surviving Traumatic Loss project are currently engaged in a longitudinal study on how to better support those of us who are grieving a devastating loss, and are extending an invitation to us to participate. The anticipated outcome of this study is “understanding the experience of traumatic bereavement and how we, as helping professionals, can best assist mourners along their journey.” At SADOD, we are particularly hopeful about this study because it will affect …

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Get Help Where Grief and COVID-19 Intersect

As we were finishing the inaugural edition of the SADOD newsletter, we suddenly found ourselves facing the unraveling uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. We continued to move toward our publication date, with a watchful eye on the changes that were happening daily – and like everyone else we realized we were immersed in something so big that it was redefining everything about our lives as we knew them. We followed the news and complied with the mandates until we found ourselves at home with our families indefinitely, facing a new norm involving “social distancing” and Zoom meetings, and confronting disruptions of our daily routines and support systems. This weighed heavily on our minds as we

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Here’s a SADOD Resource: Do You Have One to Share?

SADOD has created a number of resources for people who have suffered the loss of a loved one to an overdose or other tragedy related to substance use. Our blog will occasionally feature a SADOD resource or an item we know of that is intended to help people cope with grief, for example, the handout “The Pain of Grief.” One of the most difficult things about grief is that it is painful in a way that can be devastating or even paralyzing. “The Pain of Grief” offers ways to think about this pain (it is a normal part of grieving) …

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