THE SIMPLE THINGS

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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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DO YOU HAVE THE G.U.T.S. TO DO WHAT YOU NEED TO DO?

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There are many opportunities in life for change. You may choose to make the change (e.g. weight loss, relocating, employment etc.). You may not have choice in other life changes (e.g. death of a loved one, loss of employment, divorce etc.). When it is a change without choice or negotiation, at some point you do […]

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ACCEPTANCE

March 16 2014 Acceptance2

In my work as a counsellor, I often work with people who have difficulty in accepting they have a brain injury. Others have found it difficult to end a relationship. And of course, accepting the death of a loved one is a very challenging thing to have to do. Well-meaning friends, family and professionals are […]

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SOCIAL MEDIA: A NEW WAY OF SUPPORTING THE BEREAVED

Feb 27 Social Media blog

Social media, in particular Facebook, is providing an important platform for people to share their grief. The days of being isolated in the journey are over. This isn’t to say that people are no longer overwhelmed with feelings of sadness and sorrow because they can talk about it on Facebook. They still have all the […]

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Brain Injury and Grief: Fact or Fiction?

Feb 20 Brain Injury

Grief is most often associated with death. While it is true that the death of a loved one (family member, friend, or pet) and, at times, the death of people we do not know (Sandy Hook Elementary shooting) will catapult us into the grief journey, death is not the only cause of grief. Although death […]

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Rejection – It Feels Like the Ultimate Heartbreak

February 13 2014 rejection

Being rejected by another person can feel like the ultimate heartbreak. Why don’t they want me? Why don’t they love me? Why don’t they approve of me? I can’t answer those questions for you. Each of us needs to do the work of understanding why we so desperately need that person’s approval. Oprah Winfrey said […]

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Walking the Path of Grief is Like Peeling an Onion

Onions January 23 2014

The grief journey is like peeling an onion ~ there are layers and layers to the loss and there will be many tears! Tears have long been misinterpreted as a sign of weakness. We all know males who were told from a young age, “Big boys don’t cry.” For women, while it is more acceptable […]

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