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Bouncing Back from Financial Grief and Loss
Resilience and financial grief Awhile back, I spoke at Stanford’s Help Center on the topic of financial grief. I’m not a financial advisor, of course, so I wasn’t able to help with stock tips or interest rates. I was…Read More

Becoming Resilient
My friend and colleague, Annis Cassells, wrote this piece for the Coos Bay (Oregon) Downtown Health & Fitness newsletter. She was kind enough to also share it here with us. It was a tough year, 2010. As a people and a nation, we faced…Read More

I’m Not Contagious
My friend and colleague, Martha Clark Scala, wrote this heartfelt essay on her experience of grief after the death of her brother. Like many grieving people, her friends and family consoled her for awhile, but then most of the support faded away….Read More

Healing Rituals for Holiday Grief
Holidays without your loved one can be painful and lonely. Especially if it’s the first time the holiday has rolled around after your loss. Sometimes it’s helpful to create a small ritual to help you remain connected to your loved one…Read More

Grief at the Holidays
The “year of firsts” can be one of the most painful parts of the path of grief. The “year of firsts” is all of those first special occasions without your loved one: birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day…Read More

But I Don’t Know What to Say . . .
You just found out that your friend’s partner passed away unexpectedly. Your heart sinks, partially from sadness for your friend, but also because you know you should go to her. Try to comfort her. You feel your pulse quicken…Read More


Bobbi Emel is a therapist who helps people in Los Altos, Palo Alto, Mountain View and the greater Bay Area manage their stress and develop their strengths.
She is effective in helping people dealing with anxiety, worry and grief; and also those who want to improve their effectiveness and performance.