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IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEART

It’s not all in your head… it is all in your heart! The work of grieving and mourning is heart work not head work. When we stay in our heads while grieving, we over analyze our feelings or dismiss them. We fall prey to the myth that time heals all and we should just get […]

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NOT EVERYONE NEEDS A COUNSELLOR ~ BUT EVERYONE NEEDS A FRIEND

Anyone who is experiencing a painful transition in life needs help now and again. You don’t have to be a counsellor to offer valuable support to them. A family member or friend can provide immeasurable help by sharing a cup of coffee with the person and listening to them talk. Sometimes, however, the person needs […]

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MIXED MESSAGES THAT CONFUSE THE BEREAVED

From sympathy cards to handwritten notes, from neighbors to family, and from social workers to counselors there is plenty of “do this/do that” or “try this/try that” conversations offered to the bereaved. I have been bereaved and I have been the support for others; therefore, I have also been the transmitter and the receiver of […]

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BEING UNSURE HAPPENS AFTER LOSS

My mentor, Dr. Alan Wolfelt, taught me to approach clients with a ‘teach me attitude’. I can honestly say that every client DOES teach me something about the grief journey. One, in particular, sparked me to look at all the ways in which one’s confidence can be shattered. Events such as the death of a […]

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THE DESTRUCTIVE PATH OF ADDICTIONS

Addiction comes in all forms: Tobacco, drugs, alcohol, food, gambling, sex and work to name a few. People can even become addicted to seeking approval and acceptance or to anything that will give them an adrenaline rush. And I am sure you know someone who is even addicted to drama and chaos in his or […]

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YOU NEED ONLY FOCUS ON THIS ONE MOMENT

The journey of grief is overwhelming. Let’ s face it… it’ s hard, sad, exhausting and takes every ounce of energy to get through the day. It doesn’ t always stay that way; however, to get to the other side of the pain takes some endurance. Unfortunately, we live in a society that supports moving […]

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FORGIVENESS IS NOT ABOUT LETTING SOMEONE OFF THE HOOK

There is nothing more damaging to our soul than an anger and bitterness that is carried with a vengeance for years. That isn’t to say people don’t have the right to be angry about what has happened to them. They do. The important thing is for a person to find a way that is both […]

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SILENT NIGHT

Silent night, holy night All is calm, all is bright Round yon Virgin Mother and Child Holy Infant so tender and mild Sleep in heavenly peace Sleep in heavenly peace Silent night, holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight Glories stream from heaven afar Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ, the Saviour is born Christ, the […]

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