Category: Grief Support

Grief Support: Thoughts, tools and techniques to help overcome grief and personal loss, or support someone in the bereavement process.

Coping with Seasonal Depression

It’s that time of the year again. It’s cold, it’s overcast, it’s windy… and it goes on for what feels like a lifetime. For many people, this time of year brings on more than less-than-desirable weather: it brings on a deep and difficult sadness. Seasonal depression effects somewhere between 10-20% of the population in North America,

write a commemorative biography

How to Write a Commemorative Biography

Why Write a Commemorative Biography? When someone close to us passes away, we are often left with a question that can be overwhelming to face: what now? How do we live with the memory of this person? How do we share this memory? How do we preserve it? The past is what shapes us, and remembering

grieving over the holidays

Grieving Over the Holidays

The holiday season can be an especially painful time for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. As a time of year that is marked by celebration and joy, knowing how to engage with and express your grief can be very difficult. Here are some things to do and to keep in

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Collecting Family Photos and Preserving Memories

If you are anything like us, years of treasured photographs are stuffed in drawers that are never opened for fear of an avalanche. Birthdays, anniversaries, family vacations and everyday moments are tucked away because conquering our disorganized mess seems impossible. However when a loved one dies, collecting, organizing and sharing photographs can be a cathartic activity. The

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The 5 Stages of Grief are Wrong, Here’s Why

In the past, we explored the 5 Stages of Grief model by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, which is often used as the point of reference for discussing grief and the grieving process. However, this approach to grief is increasingly acknowledged as too rigid when addressing such a diverse and individual emotional experience. So let’s revisit the 5

6 Things to Remember After Losing a Parent

Losing a parent is a very unique form of loss for a number of reasons. The bond between a parent and their child is unlike any other in the world. From our first steps to our first stumbles, our parents are there with us through all things to offer love, support, and guidance. Even as we

Death of a Coworker

Coping with the Death of a Coworker

When experiencing the death of a coworker, there are a number of different thoughts and feelings that arise. Losing a coworker can often feel like losing a member of one’s extended family. However, it may be unclear how and when to express feelings of loss and grief, as you are typically in an environment that

how to write a eulogy

How to Write a Eulogy

There is little in life that causes as much stress as giving a speech. We have nightmares about it, we have support groups for it, we even have national organizations dedicated to celebrating those who can do it well. In the case of having to give a eulogy at a funeral, the pressure may seem