Death of a Partner

Shannon – Growing through Grief

Shannon discusses post traumatic growth and how it can be an expectation

Doug M – “Waiting before making major changes”

Doug discusses the importance of waiting to make decisions after you have developed your new life. Doug continues to grieve the death of his first wife.

Karyn and Aidan – Going forward

Karyn and Aidan talk about Aidan’s wedding after John died and how they continue to cope

Holly – The symbolic nature of death

Holly discusses doing art, the symbolic nature of urns and the denial of death

Mary S – The value of writing

Mary talks about how much writing has helped inlcuding writing what her partner would have said

John – Being helpful to someone in grief

John shares his thoughts on how to help someone in grief

Andrea – Loneliness and support

Andrea talks about how tough it is to be alone and how her friends and family have come through for her

Shannon – Losing is a life skill

Shannon shares about losing her husband to suicide, her parents and her father-in-law. She felt broken and to be able to take care of her kids and her self seemed overwhelming. It took someone telling her that you can heal from trauma to give her hope for healing.

Mary S – Grief is not the enemy

Mary talks about embracing grief is love

Grief & Ice Cream

When my wife of 18 years died in 2016, I became a single father missing the love of my life, and also had to learn how to raise two girls (13-17 at the time) on my own. I remember a conversation I had with my mother-in-law and oldest daughter that began as reminiscing over a person who became a lost love to all of us. We all talked about different aspects of my wife but shortly, it transformed into a “who meant more to her” fest.

Collective Grief

When the death of a person affects many members in a community, city, country, or across the world, people will experience collective grief.

These are some things that can help people through the experience of collective grief across a community.

John – My Story

John tells the story of his wife became ill suddenly and died