IT’S OKAY TO DISCONNECT

The grief journey wants you to slow down and be still. For the most part, a person can do little else. The early days of loss are overwhelming and filled with confusion, numbness, endless tears, chaos, and sleepless nights. It’s a challenge to get out of bed let alone shower and get dressed. Although we […]

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THE ONION EFFECT: UNDERSTANDING THE TEARS AND LAYERS OF LOSS

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As an individual travels the journey of grief, the magnitude and impact of loss is revealed in layers. Much like peeling an onion, the deeper the cut, the more tears shed. Why? Loss is incredibly painful, life-changing, chaotic, and strikes without choice. Traditional teachings state loss results from death, divorce, and other life transitions. Today’s […]

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YOUR STORY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STORY THERE IS

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I have had the privilege to work with many individuals who are experiencing loss or have experienced a loss through death, divorce, catastrophic injury and/or illness. I meet people every day whose heart has been shattered for one reason or another. I have family members very near and dear to me struggling to accept losses in their […]

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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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HAVE YOU EVER FOUND THE END OF THE RAINBOW?

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Hoping to find the end of the rainbow is one of our great joys as a child. Our minds are filled with pots of gold and tiny men dressed in green dancing around plucking four-leaf clovers from the lawn. As an adult, we understand it’s a myth; but don’t we keep wishing upon a star […]

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LOVING YOURSELF IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE HEALING JOURNEY

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When our hearts break because a loved one dies, we often wander through a field of “should-haves” and “could-haves.” The truth is that even if you had done all of those things before they died, you would still come up with something left undone. It can be difficult to forgive ourselves for having left things unsaid […]

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WHEN THE KILLER IS YOUR SON

June 19

My heart is broken for the families of the three Moncton RCMP who were recently killed. I empathize with the path they are on and hold them in my thoughts and prayers. There is honour in knowing these officers died serving in the way they wanted to; however, the heartbreak of living without these men […]

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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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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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INTERNATIONAL BEREAVED MOTHER’S DAY

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Today is International Bereaved Mother’s Day. I did not know about this dedicated day until recently. It is a movement to help us remember all mothers, including those whose hearts are shattered following the death of a precious child. The Carly Marie Project Healwebsite explains that the traditional Mother’s Day was actually created by a […]

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