Bereavement Suppport

Below please find articles that cover topics that are important to many bereaved families. Thank you to Linda Coughlin Brooks', RN, BSN, CT for supplying regular articles. Learn more about our Bereavement Support Services.  Email sudep@efa.org if you would like to be added to our email list for bereaved families.

Holiday Help, Healing, and Hope
December 16, 2016
Discusses strategies for managing the holidays while grieving

The Power of Advocating and Participating in Events Like PAME
August 24, 2016
Discusses how families can be powerful advocates.

Continuing Bonds After Death?
June 14, 2016
Explains how some people continue bonds after death.

Have you ever met anyone who does not have some guilt or regret?
March 17, 2016
Helpful article about coping with “If Only’s” and “Should Haves.”

Nurturing Your Relationships While Grieving
February 22, 2016
Discusses the impact of losing a child on relationships and how to find energy for both grief and love.

New Year is a Time to Reflect and Adapt
January 21, 2016
Ideas for how to address grief when it returns.

Experiencing and Coping with Grief
December 17, 2015
Explains how even feeling "crazy" is a normal part of grief. 

The Changing Face of Grief
November 15, 2015
Describes different interpretations of grief and the grief process as well as how we can build resilience.

Together We Are Stronger
October 11, 2015
Focuses on SUDEP Awareness Day, and sharing ideas about creating awareness, participating in a larger community, and motivating change. 

Understanding Sibling Grief
September 15, 2015
Explains sibling grief and how to support children through loss.

Sharing Your Personal Story
August 25, 2015
Covers how sharing your story can help you and others.

Anger
July 14, 2015
Explains anger and grief, and how we can express our anger and move forward.

On the Heels of Mother’s Day and in Anticipation of Father’s Day
June 9, 2015
Discusses the challenges these holidays create and how to create a plan for getting through them.

Hope, Meaning, and Purpose
May 14, 2015
Discusses how we can find hope, meaning and purpose after the loss of a loved one.

Spring Has Sprung, Is This Good News for Everyone?
April 17, 20015
Discusses depression and how people encountering these feelings can get help.

The Importance of Connecting with Others After Loss
March 9, 20015
Discusses the importance of connection and gives suggestions on how to build your support network.

Love Never Dies
February 12, 2015
Discusses ways we can express our love for the people who are no longer present in our every day world. 

The Holidays are Over, Now Let's Unwrap our Grief
January 13, 2015
Offers some advice on how to handle grief after the holidays in a healthy manner.

Coping with Holiday Grief 
December 2, 2014
Provides you with some concrete ideas and suggestions to help you navigate this time of year.

Holidays: A Time for Cheers or Tears 
November 5, 2014
Shares some words of advice to help navigate the holiday season, especially if you have lost someone to epilepsy.

 

Linda Coughlin Brooks
Linda Coughlin Brooks, RN, BSN, CT

Bereavement Care, Counselor, and Life Transition Specialist

Linda provides care for individuals and family systems struggling with grief and loss and life transition through her private practice in Greenwood Village, Colorado. She is also the dedicated Bereavement Support Facilitator for the SUDEP Institute, assisting to help establish protocols and educate affiliates in the provision of care for the bereaved. She also writes monthly articles.

In 1997 Linda lost her daughter Carei at age 17 to SUDEP. Following the death of Linda’s daughter she paired with a high level Forensic Pathologist, MD PhD to review all Epilepsy and or seizure deaths in two major Colorado County’s. Their SUDEP research was published in the American Journal of Forensic Pathology. This information ultimately gave many families a cause of death for their loved one, when their death Certificates previously stated “No known cause of death or undetermined.”

Linda has practiced Nursing in the Denver-metro area for the past 38 years in a broad range of nursing specialties that bring expertise and perspective to her practice, as a clinical practitioner, educator, researcher and manager. She is certified in Death and Grief studies from the Center for Loss and Life Transition from Colorado State University. Linda is also certified in Thanatology, Death, Dying and Bereavement through ADEC, The Association of Death Educators and Counselors.