Sudden Loss

There is no form of grief that is ‘easy’ to endure, yet the sudden, unanticipated loss of a loved one can be particularly difficult. Grief and loss challenge our sense of safety, predictability, and feelings of control over our world. Sudden loss challenges these world views in a profound way. What are common reactions to... Read more

Mothers Day without Mum

Mother’s often hold a special place in people’s hearts, it can be an emotional holiday for those who have lost their mums. Whether the loss is fairly recent, or happened some time ago, the inescapable emphasis on gifts, celebrations and togetherness can stir up feelings of grief, loneliness, and nostalgia. With the intensity of it... Read more

We Will Remember Them – ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day on the 25th of April, holds a deep importance in the hearts of Australians. This year marks the 107th anniversary of Australian and New Zealand corps landing at Gallipoli in the First World War. From it historical roots as a commemoration of our fallen First World War heroes, to an occasion honouring all... Read more

The Sustainable Funeral Trend

As people become more environmentally aware, and funeral options expand, it makes sense that people are asking more questions about environmentally friendly funerals. A green funeral (also known as a ‘green burial’) is a funeral that seeks to make as little impact on the environment as possible. The specifics of a green burial vary widely,... Read more

The Will to Live | Supporting a Terminally Ill Loved One

Knowing how to comfort a loved one who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness can be challenging. What do you say? What do you do? How do you cope? As heartbreaking and painful as it is, when a loved one is experiencing terminal illness, you have an opportunity to make the most of the... Read more

Your Goodbye – Your Story (A Time to Talk)

Each new year people feel compelled to make resolutions they hope will improve their lives and wellbeing. They usually take form of measurable goals, such as losing a certain amount of weight, taking up a new hobby, or quitting a long-held vice. It’s much harder to make a resolution to talk more openly about a... Read more

Grief and Valentine’s Day

Special days often trigger powerful emotions and memories regardless of how much time has passed since the loss of a loved one. A holiday reaction or anniversary response can occur because you associate a date on the calendar or the event itself with someone significant. For anyone mourning a loss, Valentine’s Day can feel particularly... Read more

Teenage Grief

An adolescent’s grief can be impacted by any number of things including but not limited to, their unique relationship with the individual, how the individual passed away, their support system, past experiences with loss and their own unique strengths and weaknesses when it comes to dealing with stress, adversity, and high emotion. Developmentally, adolescents are... Read more

Emotional Support after Loss in Early Pregnancy: A Guide

Losing a baby is heart breaking no matter when it happens. A miscarriage is a devastating loss for the mother, their partner, and their family. The tragedy of a miscarriage has traditionally been private, an event grieved largely by the mother, on her own. However in more recent times, fathers are much more connected to... Read more

Stepping Into the New Year

If you have lost a loved one, starting the New Year without them can be challenging. No matter how we move into the New Year, we carry with us remnants of the past year, it’s a painful reminder of the loved one who isn’t here to enter a new year with you. Grief has no... Read more