FINDING COMFORT WITH LINKING AND TRANSITIONAL OBJECTS

August 28

It is perfectly normal for people to keep an item of clothing or a piece of jewellery belonging to a loved one after they die. Sometimes this is reflected in a person’s will where they want specific item to be given to certain people. Sometimes it is an offering determined by family members wanting to […]

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THE IMPORTANCE & BENEFIT OF PEER SUPPORT

Peer Support is essentially individuals supporting other individuals with similar or shared experiences. This support is offered one-to-one or in a group setting. The benefits of peer support are numerous, including that the supporter has credibility and is trusted because they have been through a similar experience. It’s important for the person needing support to know […]

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HEART VS. HEAD

July 24

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 over what has happened to us. Grieving and mourning is heart work. This […]

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WHO IS IN YOUR SAFETY NET?

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Old-fashioned circus acts like walking the tightrope have evolved to elaborate and finely orchestrated Cirque du Soliel type performances. Nonetheless, I am still spellbound by someone walking high above the crowd on a tightrope, placing one foot in front of the other ever so carefully. It takes courage, focus and concentration and a desire to stay […]

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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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MEMORY GARDEN

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Much like a memory collage, my belief is that a memory garden serves to facilitate a way for family and friends to enjoy memories of their loved one. A memory garden is a place of healing. It allows one to suspend life and to walk or sit in solitude while reflecting on the person who […]

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TIME DISTORTION

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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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WHEN THERE IS NO END TO GRIEF

Loss is most often associated with a physical death. However, many individuals and families are mourning losses which arise from other means. Catastrophic injury, chronic illness, and progressive and degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s catapult millions on to the grief journey each year. Losing a loved one to Alzheimer’s and Dementia is devastating. Family and […]

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TRANSITIONAL LOSSES

We most often associate loss with a death; however, the same grief emotions can take hold for other kinds of losses too. You may be experiencing a transitional losses which happens with employment (laid-offs, downsizing, retirement), a child getting married or leaving home, or even moving to a new community. Adults usually find moving to a new community exciting […]

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

Some time ago, I took my grandsons to see the classic children’s film, The Land Before Time. This heartwarming tale of baby orphaned dinosaurs teaches many life lessons in its 69 minutes. Littlefoot loses his mother following a battle with a Tyrannosaurus during the great earthshake. There were four important scenes for me that beautifully […]

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