Successful Grief

Successful Grief

 What does successful grief look like? When my mom died, the Kubler-Ross grief model was the road map for mourning. Friends and family measured every tear and angry outburst against the five-stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Today,...
Donut Day Memorial

Donut Day Memorial

Who doesn’t love donuts? My dad called mom a donut magician. “Noone can make ‘em like your ma,” he used to say after the first bite. So I guess it was fitting mom died on National Donut Day three years ago. Her loss devastated us all. Dad never recovered. His health...
Happy National Donut Day

Happy National Donut Day

Happy National Donut Day Happy National Donut Day is almost here. If ever you needed an excuse to eat a doughnut, June 7 is it. Along with honoring the World War I origins of National Donut Day, we’ve put together some fun ideas to make you a National Donut Day legend...
Ruby’s Story–Goodbye to a family gem

Ruby’s Story–Goodbye to a family gem

Six months ago, I euthanized my best friend, Ruby. She was a beautiful black Labrador with bone cancer. Her pain was insufferable, yet I agonized over ending her life. The Vet said it was the kindest thing I could do. But I kept asking myself, “Will Ruby ever forgive...
Kylie’s Story – Death of a husband

Kylie’s Story – Death of a husband

Every morning, I would kiss my husband, Terry, good-bye before heading to work. Our kiss was the cue for my two children, Maree and Jake, to collect their school lunches off the kitchen bench and race out to the car. But this particular morning, my kids were at home...
Sorry Business makes Happy Business

Sorry Business makes Happy Business

Most Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people know the tradition of ‘Sorry Business’.Sorry Business is a time of mourning that involves responsibilities and obligations to organize and attend the funeral and participate in mourning events, activities or...
What to wear to a funeral

What to wear to a funeral

Deciding what is appropriate to wear to a funeral can be tricky. Traditionally, black is the colour of choice for Western culture. Yet in China, the traditional color of mourning is white, while in Thailand it’s purple. But not everyone mourns in a traditional sense....