Grappling with Grief

Grieving and Acceptance After a TBI

by Laura Hagemann   Acceptance of the loss of my pre-accident, pre-brain-injury self has been gradual. In the last five years since my accident and injury (it will be six years in September) I have dealt with a lot of change and eventually accepted it. However, upon reflection, I realize that I have been in […]

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Understanding Ambiguous Grief: David Grant

by David Grant   To be human is to grieve. As shared members of the human family, we all experience great joy – but to be human means that we live with the flip side of the coin. We all experience grief. My first real experience with grief came to me after the sudden loss […]

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Finding Normal: Jeff Huxford

by Jeff Huxford   I had an amazing wife, two incredible children, and was a successful small-town family doctor. It was the proverbial American Dream. But on May 3rd, 2012, my life — and that dream — was forever changed. I was driving home from the local hardware store on that day when I was […]

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The Guilt of Surviving Suicide: Blair Leggatt

by Blair Leggatt   I started writing on my blog on the anniversary week of my mother’s passing. Terri was one tough lady who always spoke her mind. She was a small-town girl from Swan River, Manitoba and spent time in foster homes as a child. She married young, had three wonderful boys (and the […]

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No Stranger to Grief

by Angelika Martin   I am no stranger to grief. The love of my life, my husband, and my best friend has joined my other loved ones who have already dearly departed. These include my brother who had a heart attack at 36 years old, while my mum and my best friend both had cancer. […]

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Grief for a Former Life: Lisa Cox

by Lisa Cox   I’ve experienced grief several times in my 40 years. One of the most traumatic times happened just 24 years into my life and has left me with many visible and invisible scars. At age 24, I had a brain haemorrhage while waiting for my flight at the airport one morning. I […]

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The Road to Recovery: Debbie Hampton

by Shandi Pace   Debbie Hampton has dealt with depression her whole life. Like most growing up during the 1960s and 70s, her family wasn’t very open about discussing their feelings. Naturally, this became a problem as she had zero coping skills moving from adolescence to adulthood. Unfortunately, Debbie also had several family members who […]

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Living Large…and Blind: Beth Finke

by Shandi Pace   Beth Finke has had a life filled with adversity. She experienced a significant life event in her twenties that would alter her life’s course forever. Without her strength and resilience, others may have continued on their path without hearing such a powerful story. It all started at the age of seven […]

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Loss, Cancer and Infertility: Jenny Hahne

by Shandi Pace   Wellness-junkie Jenny Hahne has a remarkable story of resilience. Her mom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) when Jenny was a young girl. By the time her mother passed away, she was in an unbearable amount of pain. Jenny was inspired by her mom to enjoy life, travel and live well […]

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From Spinal Injury to Gold Medal: Ben Newton

by Shandi Pace   Ben Newton suffered permanent spinal injuries as a result of a car accident when he was two years old. As an adult, wheelchair rugby became his outlet to deal with the grief he couldn’t comprehend as a child. Originally from Sydney, Ben, his mother, and his infant sister got into a […]

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