Death of a Leader

The recent death of NDP leader Jack Layton has devastated Canadians. Regardless of one’s political affiliation, Layton deserves recognition for the accomplishments in his career, which spanned 3 decades. Much like Diana, who was known as ‘the people’s princess’, Layton was considered to be ‘the people’s politician’.  A dedicated family man and proud Canadian, Mr. […]

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Helplessness

A significant loss can leave us feeling helpless and powerless. It means that the person feels they cannot defend his or herself or they can’t take any action. It’s an awful feeling, but it’s a common feeling following loss. You do feel as though life is out of control. That’s because it is. Often what happened is […]

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Crying

A song can make a person cry. A picture can make a person cry. Pain makes people cry. And the sorrow of losing a loved one has the power to not only make you cry… it can bring you to your knees. It’s very common for people to burst into tears when they get the news of a loved […]

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Dreams

It is not unusual to have vivid dreams of your loved one after they die. The dreams may be different each time, or you may experience one that repeats itself over and over. In our dream state, the work of mourning can be facilitated as often the dreams may be a way to help reconcile […]

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Time Distortion

You know how when you are on holidays you lose track of time and perhaps go about your day aimlessly not checking the calendar or even your watch? That happens when you are grieving too. The downside is that your sense of time and space are not distorted because you are relaxing and having fun. […]

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Survival Guilt

What is survival guilt? It is when you feel guilty that you are alive and a loved one has died. I have met individuals over the years who survived horrific car crashes, but someone they cared about died in the crash. While they are grateful they survived, they hold incredible sorrow for the other person’s […]

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Sugarland Tragedy

North America is deeply saddened by the tragedy resulting from a collapsed stage at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday, August 13, 2011. As of this morning there are five confirmed dead and more than 40 people injured. One of the deaths was that of stagehand, Nate Byrd. Previously, I have written about celebrity deaths and […]

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Confusion

Regardless of having experienced the death of a loved one, everyone can identify with how it feels to be confused. Confusion is another feeling people may experience early in the grief journey. It really goes hand in hand with feeling disorganized. Feeling confused after a loved one’s death is not something we can control. Even […]

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