Grappling with Grief

Surviving Grief: Gary Sturgis

by Gary Sturgis   My husband Rob died on January 24, 2014, after a courageous battle with Stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma. It was then that I began to really understand what it means to have loved so deeply and to have lost so tragically. The grief journey I began continues to this day, but I […]

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Keeping a Family Together: Sarah Steele

by Sarah Steele   I was 35. My husband, Jacob, and I were just “coming into our lives.” We had seven children, age 14 down to 20 months. Our businesses were taking off, and we were starting to flex our wings. Taking a long weekend vacation away for the first time was something we had […]

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The Gift in Grief: Phoebe Young

by Phoebe Young   I’d always lived what some would call a very sheltered life. I never really had to deal with the harshness of life or had to witness those I love in deep pain. I never had to feel the force of grief. Life had been gentle with me and I was lucky […]

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Using Grief to Honor Those We’ve Lost

by Chris Boutté   I’m no stranger to grief, and I’ve probably experienced more loss than the average person. I don’t say this as a way to say my loss is more valid than anyone else’s. I learned a long time ago that sometimes it helps to learn from others who have dealt with various […]

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In Memory of Lauren

by Mario Corena   Dedicated to a brave girl called Lauren who combated mental health issues, including eating disorders, BPD, etc. and finally succumbed to it at 26 years of age on the 29th of September 2015. With this date approaching, it’s been six years that we have lived without Lauren. And with that in […]

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My Good Grief: Cheryl Parker

by Cheryl Parker   It’s November 30, 1998. I’m at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, Ontario. My eight-year-old daughter Rachel has been transferred here two hours ago after spending the night at Ajax Hospital due to a flu bug she has been fighting for a week. The doctors haven’t figured out why Rachel is so […]

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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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Overcoming Grief: Prepare to Live, Not to Die

by LaCharmine Jefferson   At the start of 2015, I was excited about planning what was to be my Fabulous and Fortieth birthday party in October. My vision was a family cruise. It would have been a long-awaited second cruise for my husband Kevin and me. Unfortunately, a medical diagnosis would change everything. It was […]

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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 Silver Lining in Grief

by Visnupreya Chandrarajah   Death and dying are natural processes of the human experience. In my opinion, the only thing unnatural is that more often than not, those subjects are commonly swept under the rug because it’s uncomfortable. We push the gut-wrenching topics away while we carry on in our hurried routine-packed daily lives. That […]

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