Coping with family conflicts following bereavement

I wrote recently about the loneliness of grief and how our friends may react. This article looks in more depth about family conflicts following bereavement. Our individuality is expressed in our relationships We are all so many people, aren’t we? Simultaneously perhaps a brother/sister, son/daughter, spouse, cousin, nephew/niece, aunt/uncle, grandparent/grandchild, friend/colleague, etc., etc. We have…

The poetry of grief: “For Grief”

There is so much quiet wisdom in the beautiful poems of Celtic poet and philosopher, John O’Donohue. As you read this, notice the phrases that might well be part of your own grief journey: “weary with loss” “Silence of absence” “ambushed by grief” How true that we can “learn acquaintance with the invisible form of…

Coping with new bereavement during the coronavirus pandemic

I offer you my sincere condolences if you have arrived at this article because you are newly bereaved. It’s never a good time to lose someone you love, but a bereavement during the current coronavirus ‘lockdown’ situation can be acutely painful. Not being able to be at the side of a loved one during their…