TEN CHOICES TO MAKE WHEN LIFE FEELS STUCK!

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Feeling stuck in our journey is a common experience for many. When it happens, we feel this “push me pull you”, which is an internal nudge to do something different in life. It’s not uncommon to have no idea where to begin. Depending where you are at on the grief journey, you may not even […]

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DEALING WITH THE EXPECTATIONS OF OTHERS

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The grief journey is fraught with emotions, doubts, regrets, and what-ifs. It only takes but a couple of judgements from a supporter to make us second guess how we are doing. People often expect the bereaved to be further along the grief journey than they are. This is a very difficult situation and certainly one […]

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LOSS OF A SIBLING

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When my brother died, I felt as though part of me died too. I wasn’t alone in that. Brian’s wife, three children, my mother and my other siblings all felt the same. Brian had a large extended family and a circle of friends who were also devastated by his death. His sudden death left a huge void for […]

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WHAT IS A GRIEF BURST AND HOW DO YOU PREVENT ONE?

August 7 2014 tears

A grief burst is a “perfectly normal experience” after losing a loved one. A grief burst is just that… a burst of sadness and sorrow triggered by the sight of something, a song, something you read, or by a memory.  When you experience a grief burst, you may cry, have an overwhelming feeling of sadness, […]

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WAYS TO COPE AT CHRISTMAS

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Christmas is rich with tradition and filled with joyful festivities. People look forward to spending the holidays with family and friends, exchanging gifts, indulging in delectable treats and reminiscing about the good old days. On the other hand, for bereaved families, the tinsel, decorated trees, and angelic singing of Silent Night, are painful and constant reminders that a […]

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LUKE BRYAN – GRIEVING IN THE PUBLIC EYE

Country artist Luke Bryan lost his brother-in-law this week who was married to his sister Kelly. She died a number of years ago at the age of 39. He has also suffered the loss of his brother, Chris who died at the age of 26. This would be heartbreaking for anyone. The difference is we have lives that allow […]

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ACCEPTANCE IS NOT DEFEAT. IT IS WHERE YOU BEGIN.

March 16 2014 Acceptance

Motivational speaker Tom Krause said, “When life knocks you down, you have two choices—stay down or get up.” That is easier said than done, especially when something catastrophic happens and causes significant life changes. You can’t say, “It’s done and get on with it.” Life, tragedy, and healing don’t work that way. A brain injury isn’t […]

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THE HEALING POWER OF LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP

Oct 2

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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IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO DO THE WORK OF MOURNING

June 26

Five-time Grammy Award winner, Shania Twain bared her soul in both the reality series Why Not? (OWN) and book From This Moment On. Shania shares the heart-wrenching loss of her parents who died in a car crash when she was only 22 years old and the painful ending to her marriage following an affair that her husband and […]

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