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The grief that occurs when there has been a tragedy can be so complicated. For the families directly involved, the emotions are overwhelming. Not only are they trying to cope with the fact that a loved one has died, there is so much to comprehend about “why” or “how” could this tragedy could have occured. Even the way they find out their loved one has died is overwhelming. Some find out because a police man
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Have you been wearing a poppy? Lots of people in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK pin a poppy over their hearts in the weeks before Remembrance Day, do you?  This tradition stems from the poem In Flanders Fields with its imagery of poppies blowing between the tombstone crosses in a World War I graveyard. What’s your reason for wearing a poppy? Maybe you want to support the work of the Legion
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Are you ready for Halloween? In Canada and the US, we celebrate the occasion with costumes and candy, haunted houses and scary movies. You might be wondering what is has to do with mourning or remembrance-it’s a silly fun holiday for kids. But it isn’t celebrated in the same way everywhere. The word Halloween comes from a contraction of All Hallows’ Eve, and in many cultures the focus is on honouring people who have died.
Grieving Celebrity Deaths
As a woman of a certain age I, like many in my peer group, spent my formative Wednesday evenings glued to the TV, tuned into the trials and tribulations of the group of impossibly old-looking teenagers on Beverly Hills 90210. Dylan, played by Luke Perry, was my TV boyfriend. His non-threatening bad boy character spoke to my 14-year old heart. Fast forward many years, and my world was a bit turned upside down when I
What was his name? What to actually say to the grieving
I just read the most beautiful article about how to grieve. However, although the author possibly doesn’t even know it, it was also about what to really say to the grieving. The article, posted online by The Irish Times, was titled “Message to a heartbroken widow: embrace your grief“. The author, Michael Harding, describes a chance encounter with a young widow. He uses her story, along with his observations of how his mother grieved following
“It's easier to miss her at a cemetery, where she's never been anything but dead, than to miss her at all the places where she was alive.”
John Scalzi, Old Man's War
She'd not known grief would come in waves, brought on by the smallest of things. Nor had she realized that ordinary acts of living would continue even after the loss of a love and that it would remain possible to get caught up in the moment of a simple pleasure before remembering.”
Tess Thompson
"We find a place for what we lose. Although we know that after such a loss the acute stage of mourning will subside, we also know that we shall remain inconsolable and will never find a substitute. No matter what may fill the gap, even if it be filled completely, it nevertheless remains something else. "
Sigmund Freud
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