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MOURNING AVOIDANCE DOESN’T END THE PAIN

Postponing grief, or at least attempting to postpone grief, is not uncommon. It’s not healthy, in my opinion, but it’s not uncommon. In fact, in 2011 the StarTribune ran an online article about families postponing their loved one’s funeral or memorial service for several reasons. The justifications included: The family is busy (e.g. vacation planned) […]

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To Die in Service ~ Heartbreak for a Nation

On October 22, 2014, a Canadian soldier was killed as he stood guard at our National War Memorial in Ottawa. The day before, two soldiers were deliberately rundown in a Montreal parking lot by a newly converted jihadist: one of them died. Our flag is flying at half-mast. The deaths of these two soldiers will have […]

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THE SIMPLE THINGS

Why do coffee and weekend mornings go together so well? It’s like a little piece of heaven to slow things down and enjoy some time to relax with a good cup of coffee, a good book, or good company. It’s something that we often take for granted. When life takes a sudden turn upside down […]

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Confidence Oct 9

LOSS OF CONFIDENCE IS A NORMAL GRIEF RESPONSE

The other day I was talking to a client about confidence after one has suffered a loss. It sparked me to look at all the ways in which one’s confidence can be shattered. Events such as the death of a loved one, infidelity, divorce, relationship changes, a job loss, financial disaster and compromised health all […]

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Oct 2

THE HEALING POWER OF LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP

Love and friendship are the underpinning of anyone’s journey in life. We all need friends who are true and accept us for who we are—warts and all. We all need and want love in life. Moreover, I believe each of us wants to be a good friend and to love others too. We are human […]

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ANNOUNCING A FUND TO HELP THOSE THROUGH LOSS

This announcement is near and dear to my heart. My brother, Brian’s middle name was Ranica; since he and my husband died, I have wanted to open Ranica House – a bereavement centre to help people through loss. I am not there yet; however, I have recently established Ranica House Press for my books to be published under […]

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HAVE YOU EVER FOUND THE END OF THE RAINBOW?

Hoping to find the end of the rainbow is one of our great joys as a child. Our minds are filled with pots of gold and tiny men dressed in green dancing around plucking four-leaf clovers from the lawn. As an adult, we understand it’s a myth; but don’t we keep wishing upon a star […]

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ONE SMALL STEP

Neil Armstrong was the first man to step on the moon. The world watched in awe as he took that step in 1969 and said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Armstrong’s work as a NASA astronaut not only changed the world, but it changed his life. He did what he needed to […]

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