Grappling with Grief

The Unraveling of Grief & Loss: Mekel Harris

by Mekel Harris   Grief has a way of unraveling you. Thread by thread. Painful moment by painful moment. December 2012 thrust me into uncharted territory — the dark and messy wilderness of grief. On the ninth day of the month, my spunky and outspoken mother died after receiving a diagnosis of stage IV pancreatic […]

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Grief and Joy Can Co-Exist

by Katrina Preisler-Weller   For a long time, I believed that to live was to forget. 12 years on, I now know that couldn’t be further from the truth. During our childhood and adolescents, we are taught many things: algebra, the science of gravity and even how to put a condom on a banana… yet […]

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Healthy Healing: Michelle Steinke-Baumgard

by Michelle Steinke-Baumgard   We all have days that define our lives in deeply profound days. For me, there have been just a handful of those days. Like when I graduated with honors from college after struggling with dyslexia and ADHD, the day my children were born, the day I married their father. And of […]

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Six Years in Heaven: Lisa Boehm

by Lisa Boehm   As the day begins on the anniversary of my daughter’s passing, the events of ‘that day’ weigh heavy on my heart. I remember the day starting like any other. My kids went off to high school, and my husband and I went to work. We ate dinner together, talked about the […]

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Hope in Hospice: Allison Henry

by Allison Henry   When my dad was dying, I had a hard time remembering what life was like before he got sick. Things that happened a year ago seemed like they happened decades ago. The world as I knew it had changed.  I couldn’t imagine how I would be able to go on after […]

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What is Your Story?: Robin Chodak

by Robin Chodak   We all have stories. Your unique story began the day you were born. Each experience in your life from the moment you took your first breath up to this instant creates your story. I like to think of it as watching a movie. I always watch ones with anticipation of what […]

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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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Finding Myself Again: Jordon Ferber

by Jordon Ferber   In July 2002, I was just two years into my burgoning stand-up comedy career when my only brother Russell, who was just about to embark on his own career as a pastry chef, was killed in a car accident. He was 21.  Just hours after his death, my dad asked me […]

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A Friend of Grief’s: Anneliese McDaid

by Anneliese McDaid   I’ve never been the sort of person who has lived a sheltered life. Grief has been a friend of mine for a very long time. Recognising her was the hard part for me. As a child, I was abused mentally, physically, and sexually, so it’s safe to say that grief has […]

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The Silver Linings in Grief: Sally and Imogen

by Sally Douglas and Imogen Carn   If you had told us two years ago that we’d lose our mums in our early thirties and that it would go on to become the most transformational thing to happen in our lives, we both would have looked at you blankly and said; “how?” Yet, that’s exactly what […]

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