113th Combat Stress Control Unit: Grief Recovery

In response to your request, Capt. Schlaudecker, here is my Grief Recovery model. I sincerely hope that it helps you as a soldier in the 113th Combat Stress Control Unit.

Warmest wishes always to our soldiers,


Carlile Grief Model

Carlile Grief Model


  1. Thank you for these words on writing about grief. I have been keeping a journal for several years now, but before I started this I had already lost or thrown out the diaries I kept as a child. My sister died at age 7 in 1980, so I would have liked to be able to look back on what I wrote as I was growing up. I recently decided to start writing a book about my journey through her death and my healing journey to the present and I found it hard going! It’s still on my ‘to do’ list, although, having written only a few pages, it has slipped off the top of the pile. If you have any tips for me, I’d appreciate them!

    • Dear Ety,

      Thank you for your request and telling some of your story. What a beautiful and meaningful idea to write your story. I would recommend that you be considerate of yourself. When it is time to write, I have found that I will work for hours, fully absorbed. And, when I’m not ready it IS hard going. And, sometimes, when we work to revisit past difficulties, it can bring us down rather than lift us up. If this is a dream for you to pursue, you will know. And, if the idea is a loving gift to honor your journey, it may just be a mindful honoring rather than part of your mission in life. So, trust yourself.

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