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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Myth versus reality: Understanding the nature of grief

There’s nothing quite like grief. It’s complicated. It can be messy. And we each experience it in our own way. Every one of us will experience grief during our life. But even though grief is universal, we don’t talk about it. We don’t share our experiences. Perhaps...

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A new hope: Promise to be kind to yourself this year

New Year. It’s a time for fresh beginnings, new goals and looking forward. It’s also a time for resolutions. But when you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, the traditional resolutions like losing weight, exercising more and drinking less coffee may not seem so...

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Growing pains: Helping teens cope with the loss of a friend

Parenting a teenager through their adolescent years can be one of life’s most rewarding experiences. Watching them assert their independence. Celebrating their successes. Helping them set goals. And, ultimately, witnessing them grow into the person they’ll be as an...

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The Unknown Soldier: Welcoming home a fallen mate

Remembrance Day in 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the return of the Unknown Soldier – a historic national event that would not have been possible without the support of the Australian Funeral Directors Association and its members across Australia. The Tomb of the...

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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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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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Friendships bonds: How to help a friend through grief

Death separates us. It’s unfortunate. But it’s true. Most people who’ve lost a loved one will tell you how many of their friends simply disappeared in the wake of the loss. Friendships are not immune to grief. Despite what you may think, some friends will leave you...

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Standing proud: Understanding the role of funeral directors

Being a funeral director can be both emotionally and physically challenging – and sometimes stressful. But it’s also incredibly rewarding. It takes a special type of person to listen to a family’s needs, understand their emotions and, through conversations with the...

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The natural order: Dealing with the loss of a parent

When a parent dies, we’re supposed to be prepared for this normal life passage – or at least be more ready to accept it when it happens. We’re supposed to pick ourselves up, close the wound quickly and move on. After all, the death of a parent is the natural order of...

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