GRANDMA’S TEACUP

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When a loved one dies, the executor or whoever is in charge of the estate will often go through the person’s belongings and give specific items to others as a gift to remember them by. It is also normal for family members to want to keep an item of clothing or a piece of jewellery […]

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GETTING BACK TO A NEW NORM IS A SLOW PROCESS

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Life is turned upside down after a loved one dies. Nothing makes sense. Nothing feels safe. Any routine one had is gone out the window. Some people lose their appetite while others overeat to try and cope. Most people have difficulty sleeping and often others will encourage them to take sleeping pills. *Only do this […]

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ELEPHANTS

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We can learn so much from children and animals. Their ability to understand (at whatever level they are at) does not impede their ability to feel love or loss. For example, let’s chat about elephants. There is a plethora of documentation on how these majestic animals show feelings. Elephants are expressive animals and they have […]

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NOVEMBER IS CHILDHOOD GRIEF AWARENESS MONTH

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No one wants to see a child hurt, especially me! But unfortunately, I have come to accept through personal experience that eliminating loss from life is not an option. And, that does mean children will be impacted. In 2009, the U.S. Census Bureau released Custodial Mothers and Fathers and Their Child Support: 2007, which estimated […]

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SOMETIMES COUNSELLING IS A BETTER OPTION

Not everyone needs counselling after suffering a loss, but everyone needs a friend. Having said that, there are times when family and friends are not the best support. The grief journey is a very tricky path. It is fraught with twists and turns and the intense sorrow can wash over a person when they least […]

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NOBODY DIES FROM CRYING

Oct 22

Tears are often interpreted as a sign of weakness. It is especially true for males who hear from a young age that “big boys don’t cry.” For women, while it is more acceptable for us to be emotional, the approval is often qualified with: “high strung, over-emotional, drama-queen, or hysterical.”It’s all bunk. Yes, there is […]

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5 TIPS TO SUPPORT A COLLEAGUE WHEN THEIR SPOUSE DIES

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The death of a spouse is a game changer in life. More often than not, people eventually have to return to work after their spouse dies. And, when they do, it is a bumpy road. Nothing will feel the same and it is challenging to stay focussed on what they are supposed to be doing. […]

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WHILE THE WORLD SLEEPS THE BEREAVED WALK THE FLOORS

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It is not uncommon to experience sleep disturbances following the death of a loved one or suffering a significant loss. People will tell you that the nights are the hardest. I certainly found this to be true after my husband died and as I struggled to cope with other losses in life. When my husband […]

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