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How to Survive Grief

Author: Sandra Champlain

Original Publication Date: 2011-05-20

Synopsis and Key Points:

If people understand what happens in the brain during the grieving process there will be less pain suicides and less families will come apart and faster healing will occur.

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Free Online Audio to Ease Pain.

"A 6-year-old boy's body was found dead alongside a dirt road last weekend in Maine and recently identified. I feel sadness every time I see this boy's face on the news and I can just imagine the pain of grief people are feeling," shares Sandra Champlain, author of the free audio, "How to Survive Grief."

"Due to the current flooding of the Mississippi River, thousands of people have vacated their homes and are now left homeless. In Japan, the death toll from the disaster now surpasses 18,000 and a further 452,000 people are living in shelters, after losing their homes. Grief is being experienced all over the world."

Sandra Champlain knows grief. After the death of her father in 2010 she chose to find out what grief is and why we experience it. "Grief is the most painful emotion known to man, yet it is very rarely spoken about and definitely not taught about in schools. Most people do not understand the grieving process and may stop living themselves when their loved one dies, or worse yet, commit suicide," Sandra shares. "In addition, very often families come apart when someone dies and I had to find out why. I found the reason of how grief impacts the functions of our brain and I chose to create a free audio about it. Everyone should have this information."

According to the National Center for Health Statistics (, every day in the United States alone there are 6,500 deaths. The U.S. Census Bureau ( says that in the world a human death occurs every 1.8 seconds, totaling 155,520 deaths daily.

"Grief lasts on average one year, and if you do the math assuming only 2 people are suffering from each death (of course there are more), there are over 113 million people experiencing the pain from grief daily in the world - that's a lot of pain!" Sandra says. "My goal is to educate the people of what grief is and what purpose it serves for our species. If people understand what happens in the brain during the grieving process, I believe there will be less pain, less suicides, less families will come apart and faster healing will occur."

American Airlines' Grey Eagles pilots association has shared her free audio in their newsletter. Pediatrician Ken Stoller MD has a direct link to the audio on his website. Lisa Potter, who serves on the Board of Directors for NAMI Utah (National Alliance on Mental Illness), asked Sandra, "We have an advisory board for suicide survivors. May we use your link on our website to refer people to you? Your information on grief is priceless."

"How to Survive Grief" can be listened to or downloaded at:

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