Families fractured by grief: differences and difficulties

(This is a post about family conflicts following bereavement, a topic that frequently comes up with people I meet.) 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 our professional side and we have…

Mamma Mia!

(MAJOR SPOILER ALERT! The fact that I’m commenting on this film on a grief/bereavement blog should be a fair clue where this is headed!) With Mamma Mia 2 now out in the cinemas, I went with a friend for a bit of light amusement. I’m not exactly an Abba fan, but the idea of a corny film…

The poetry of grief

Grief, like the love that underlies it, is so often the inspiration for poems. Poetry is art in words. Just a few words can say so very much. Poetry may come from our own soul, or we might find someone else’s poem expresses our thoughts and feelings better than we can. I wrote a lot…