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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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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Family fights: When death brings out the worst

“Death brings out the best and worst in families.” We’ve all heard it before. If you’ve been through a personal loss, you’ve probably experienced it first hand. Sometimes we see the good. The reconciliation of a relationship that was long estranged. Family supporting...

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Star struck: It’s not crazy to grieve a celebrity death

The world has experienced its fair share of loss over the last few years with the deaths of so many celebrities. The stars of stage and screen, who made us laugh and cry in equal measure. Carrie Fisher, Alan Rickman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Williams, Roger...

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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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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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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...

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Soundtrack of a lifetime: Choosing music for a funeral service

When cultural icon and TV host Dick Clark enthused on American Bandstand that “music is the soundtrack of our lives”, his words struck a note with people around the world. Why? Because it’s so true. Music is one of the most powerful forces in how we experience the...

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