GRIEF IN THE WORKPLACE

May 21st

Death is a part of life. It often happens suddenly and unexpectedly. Death is not convenient. It does not slip easily into the agenda of the person who dies or that of their family and friends, and it certainly will not fit into a normal work schedule. When people return to their normal routines, it […]

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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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THE MYTH OF STICKS AND STONES

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“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Remember this saying we used when kids at school were taunting or belittling us?  Well, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I am sorry to be the one to tell you… it’s a big lie! Here is my take on it, […]

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THE TRUE INTENT OF BOXING DAY

Dec 25

For millions, Boxing Day is the highlight of the festive season. They have no issue lining up for hours and hours to get the best buys in the department stores. I, on the other hand, cannot be bothered to step foot anywhere near shopping takes place. Boxing Day originated in the Victorian era and had nothing to […]

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YOU WILL NEVER FORGET ~ I PROMISE!

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It is normal to fear that we will forget our loved one who has died, or that others will forget them. I promise you … you won’t. How could you? Sure, as time passes you may forget the smaller details, but the person and what they meant to you in life will not drift away. […]

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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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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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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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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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