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How to Deal With the Death of a Spouse

Your spouse is the love of your life, your everything, you can't imagine your life without them. Until tragedy strikes and that one day you never thought would come has.

Losing your spouse is an extremely difficult situation to have to deal with. While everyone copes differently there are some things that can help the grieving process.

Jane E. Brody's article on explains that many people who have lost their spouse seem to be back to their normal self a couple months to a year after their loss. While seeming fine on the outside, internally they are hurting. The article further explains that the best form of help for your loved ones who have lost their spouse is to provide support, and to make sure that they are socializing. 

Click here to read the full article by Jane E. Brody at, and to learn more about how to deal with the death of a spouse. 


Chris Massman is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. Chris' training includes Family Systems Theory along with numerous other theories. She believes therapy is an art and chooses the theory she feels will most benefit the individual sitting in front of her. Her specialty lies is in the field of Chemical Dependency and Addictions. Chris is currently seeing individuals, couples and families. Chris is a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Chris has two locations including Tarzana and Agoura Hills, CA.