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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All about anger: The good, the bad and the coping

All about anger: The good, the bad and the coping

From a slight feeling of irritation to extreme frustration and physical aggression, we’ve all felt anger on some level. And for many, angry feelings are normal in the wake of losing a loved one. Anger is well-known as one of the often espoused five stages of grief –...

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Myth versus reality: Understanding the nature of grief

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

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

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

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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Friendships bonds: How to help a friend through grief

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

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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