Tag Archives: grief

My perfect friend killed herself:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I’m graduating from high school next week and have a spot reserved at a good university in the fall. I should be feeling good, but I feel as if someone pulled the rug out from under … Continue reading

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No I Don’t want to visit my Dad!

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, My daughter is 14 and she had been complaining that she doesn’t want to go on visitations with her dad anymore. I don’t believe there is any abuse going on, or danger- just that her dad … Continue reading

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My dad is dead despite him being alive:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; Right now, I really need some understanding from my best friend, Amy, and she is making things worse. My father has Alzheimer’s. He’s been getting slowly worse for the last year and his doctor tells me … Continue reading

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Childhood lost love:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; When I tell this story to other people, they say, “oh, grow up!” But I am hoping you can give me perspective on it. When I was a kid, I was in love with the little … Continue reading

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Needy kind of love: (for a friend who is hurting)

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, I am at my heart’s end. This is the third time someone I really loved dumped me. I am wondering just what is wrong with me. I work hard and put in long hours but I … Continue reading

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Fear after loss makes for an abusive partner:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché; I can’t remember a time when my husband and I weren’t together. I know it sounds like a cliché, but we were childhood sweethearts, went to college together and then got married. We had our ups … Continue reading

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Medicating human suffering:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, My friend is in a bad way. Her marriage has not been going to well and now her mother is dying of cancer. She is not taking it all well and she went to see a … Continue reading

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Hell is other people but so is heaven:

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, I am 86 years old. My husband is dead. Until recently, I worked all my life. I have 5 kids, 10 grandkids and 15 great grandkids. My daughter took me to a psychiatrist. She thinks I … Continue reading

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Grief isn’t confined to bad changes

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché Your recent blog about suicide, along with a conversation I had, is prompting me to write this question. Suicide is a mystery… but what is even more of a mystery to me are the people who … Continue reading

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There are no medications for grief

Dear Dr. Brilliant Cliché, My 15 year old niece who now lives with me lost her mother one year ago. As my sister was a single mom and had no other children they were very close. Prior to her mom’s … Continue reading

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