Coping with COVID-19: Grief in a time of coronavirus

Coping with COVID-19: Grief in a time of coronavirus

Turn on the TV. Tune into the radio. Scroll through the news on your smartphone or tablet. All day and all night, the news is focused on one thing. Coronavirus. It’s here and it’s spreading. Every day, across the world, new measures are being put in place in an effort...

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Valentine’s Day: The slings and arrows of grief

Valentine’s Day: The slings and arrows of grief

Valentine’s Day is a favourite day for those in love. But if you’re grieving the loss of a spouse, fiancé or partner, coping with the day can be emotionally taxing. Cupid’s arrow can pierce your heart in a very different way on Valentine’s Day. Everywhere you look,...

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The day my Mum died: How Christmas changed for me in 2012

The day my Mum died: How Christmas changed for me in 2012

Walter Carter Funerals Managing Director Dale Maroney shares how losing her mother on Christmas Day changed her family’s festive traditions. The tree is up. The decorations are out. The lights are twinkling. Food is everywhere. And presents are plentiful. Christmas...

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When there’s one less cracker at the table this year

When there’s one less cracker at the table this year

Have you even noticed that Christmas crackers tend to come in packs of six or 12? Even numbers seem to work. But what if this year you have an odd number of people at your table? One of your nearest and dearest is gone this year, never again to don the absurd tissue...

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Kids grieve too: Helping children deal with death at Xmas

Kids grieve too: Helping children deal with death at Xmas

Dealing with death is hard for children. And it can be especially hard at Christmas time when they feel the absence of their loved one more acutely. Here are some ways you can help children cope with grief over the festive season.   1. Communicate Talk openly...

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A day without Dad: Getting through grief on Father’s Day

A day without Dad: Getting through grief on Father’s Day

Being fatherless at any time can be tough. But it’s interesting how a commercially-driven calendar event can hammer home feelings that may otherwise remain under the surface. Greeting cards, TV ads and social media feeds tell us how we’re supposed to feel on Father’s...

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Self care in grief: The myth of keeping busy

Self care in grief: The myth of keeping busy

If you’ve experienced a loss, it’s more than likely that someone at some point has advised you to “keep busy”. Have you tried it? Did it work? Or was busyness merely a distraction? The idea that keeping busy will fix your broken heart or help you recover more quickly...

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Tongue tied: How to say you’re sorry for someone’s loss

Tongue tied: How to say you’re sorry for someone’s loss

Expressing condolences to someone who's grieving can leave even the most articulate among us feeling tongue tied. What should I say? Should I send a card? Flowers? Maybe I should pop around to see them? Is an email or Facebook message OK? It’s hard to know what to do...

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Lost without her: Missing your mum on Mother’s Day

Lost without her: Missing your mum on Mother’s Day

The love of a mother is irreplaceable and doesn’t die, even when she does. Mother’s Day is a time to honour and celebrate your mother. While it’s a great day and a wonderful opportunity to make your mum feel special, it can also be a hard day if your mother has passed...

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