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The Musings of a Grief Geek…
bereavement / complicated / counselling / death / grief / help / loss / mourning / support

The Musings of a Grief Geek…

It’s been a while since I posted a blog so here I am with some updates and thoughts… Firstly this blog has been nominated for an Award by the Good Funeral Guide in the category of ‘Best Online Bereavement Resource’.  Thank you to the anonymous person/s that submitted the nomination, I am truly touched.  For more information on … Continue reading

Do as I say and not as I do…?
bereavement / Cancer / Child / complicated / death / grief / loss / mother / mourning

Do as I say and not as I do…?

Today I’m hugely conflicted. I awake to a smart phone that flashes and beeps 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with social media notifications and bereavement and social alerts of one description or another. But today is not just another day; it’s the anniversary of my nephew’s death.  So I have notifications and … Continue reading

Does it matter how we talk about illness, death & grief?
bereavement / Cancer / death / grief / help / illness / language / loss / metaphor

Does it matter how we talk about illness, death & grief?

“When I die tell the world what happened. Plain and simple. No euphemisms, no flowery language, no metaphors.” Immortal words written by Lisa Bonchek Adams (Lisabadamscom, 2014) before she died from breast cancer. The terminology around grief, death, and dying led to a recent conversation about the language we use to refer to cancer patients.  … Continue reading

Why is Grief Different When a Child Dies?
bereavement / Child / complicated / counselling / death / father / grief / help / loss / mother / mourning / murder / road death / suicide / support

Why is Grief Different When a Child Dies?

The creation of life begins in our imagination and forms our future hopes and dreams.  This can begin unconsciously or consciously at a very young age particularly in children who role play with dolls as infants.  For many people ‘when I grow up and have children’ is ingrained within our psyche and/or is a cultural … Continue reading

Understanding Suicide
bereavement / Child / complicated / counselling / death / grief / help / loss / mourning / PTSD / suicide / support / Widow

Understanding Suicide

Why is suicide different to any other death? Suicide is different because the person who we love chose to end their own life prematurely.   That sentence on its own is a powerful concept to process as it throws up all kinds of questions and emotions.  It also alters the way other people interact with us … Continue reading