Grief in the Workplace
Courtesy of Patricia Muir from Executive Encore – Maestro Quality Inc.
A few years ago, I worked with a young woman who lost her sister to a rare cancer. In the months, weeks, and days leading up to her sister’s death, I saw her struggle with her commitments to her work, her sister, and her children. Other than a few urgent phones calls at work and a few emergency-leave days, it was business-as-usual considering the major disruption in her life. Her ...Continue Reading ?
RE-MEMBERING – PART II
(The second article in a five-part series – What made the difference? Mia and me.)
Mia* (fictional name) wrote back, stating they, she and her mother, had come to the conclusion that their journey with grief was “without a goal”. What an interesting and wonderful way of expressing the aimlessness that abides in grief. I shared in their happiness in realizing that life is about purposeful choices; indeed, there came a time in my journey when I made the choice to ...Continue Reading ?
Coping with grief during the holidays
Whether it is your first Christmas without someone special who has passed or your twentieth, coping with grief during the holidays can be a significant challenge.
Losing a loved one is always hard. But during the holiday season grief can be almost overwhelming. While things may feel very grim there are some steps you can take to help you get through the holidays while you grieve. Here are some tips to help you or a loved one through the coming season.
This is the first instalment of a five-part series on dealing with grief in the loss of my spouse.
A young woman, who has been following my blog for a while noticed the change in my writing late this summer. She asked, “What made the difference?” Her father passed away three years ago, and she has been going through her own grief all the while supporting her mother through hers. I took the time to ponder ...Continue Reading ?
Time heals …
Those of us who grieve the loss of someone we dearly loved are often reassured by others that “time heals all wounds.” Our own life experience speaks to the truth of that statement, yet there are things to consider and validate. First and foremost, we know of course that time itself does not heal but rather what goes on during this time and what we choose to do with this time is the real healing agent.
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Coping with Grief and Loss: Support for Grieving and Bereavement
A good read, whether to assist you through your own grief or to help and understand the experience of a loved one or friend.
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Losing someone or something you love is very painful. After a significant loss, you may experience all kinds of difficult and surprising emotions, such as shock, anger, and guilt. Sometimes it may feel like the sadness will never let up. While these feelings can be frightening and overwhelming, they are normal reactions to ...
Helping a Newly Bereaved Person…
Excerpts and very useful tips from an article by John Kennedy Saynor, Genenis Bereavement Resources
WHAT DOESN’T HELP?
Avoiding the bereaved
It may seem obvious that if you want to help, you don’t avoid. People use all sorts of excuses: “I don’t know what to say”, “I didn’t know them that well” or “I may upset them if I break down”. Meanwhile the bereaved are saying, “Where are all the people I thought were going to help?”
Being afraid to shed tears with the bereaved
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Grief and Loss during the holiday season
The holiday season, from the first decoration put up in your local store until the ball drops on New Years, is an extremely emotional time. Whether the grief is recent or years past, the holidays seem to bring it all to a front. Finding the understanding and support you need is important during this time. Turn to friends and family if you can or find a local bereavement centre near you, you can ask your doctor or search online or contact ...Continue Reading ?
The Loving Memory Tree
Monday, December 6th, 2010
Mississauga Civic Centre – Great Hall
300 City Centre Drive
The Loving Memory Tree is an annual event that offers people a way to remember and pay tribute to their loved ones who have died. Each year, we host a special evening that includes a candle lighting ceremony, a poem reading, musical performances, a special guest speaker, and the very special lighting of the 18 foot-high Loving ...Continue Reading ?