Best selections from Grief Healing’s X feed this week:

A recent study described subjective paranormal experiences with dead pets among 544 bereaved dog owners. These ghostly encounters took many forms and were almost always viewed as positive experiences. These paranormal experiences may help pet lovers deal with disenfranchised grief. Have You Ever Encountered the Ghost of a Deceased Pet? « Psychology Today

Yes, my grandad is dead, but I still love him just as much. I’ll always carry the moments we shared. Forgetting them would mean letting go of the last thing I have left of him. I’m not a religious or spiritual person, but since I understood I can love my grandpa despite him being gone, I’ve felt closer to him and I know that in one way or another, he is always there. It’s possible to love beyond death « The Temple News

Sex is a topic that we widowers often have difficulty discussing with each other, much less with friends, family, or even therapists. And yet, it needs to be addressed. Why? Because so many of us have so much trouble dealing with the topic. Sex and the Widower « National Widowers’ Organization

You are not alone in your belief that pet loss does not begin to compare to the death of a person, and it may surprise you to learn that I agree with you completely. It is fruitless to compare the magnitude of one person’s loss with that of another, regardless of what has been lost. In Grief: Comparing Pet Loss to Loss of a Person « Grief Healing

I think the hardest part about grieving is not knowing where to start. You feel lost for a while. A lot of things lose meaning. There’s also this unwavering feeling of not being able to breathe the same. When my grandma passed away I lost her and gained so much uncertainty, with daily panic attacks and relentless tears, not to mention the regret I felt for not calling her more, when a part of me knew she wished I did.  An overdue letter to my grief « Daily Sundial

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