The solidarity of grief

Recently I wrote about the aloneness of grief, but there is another side to the story which is the topic of this post: the solidarity of grief. It is remarkable how much more aware we become of other people’s death and loss after our own loss. Catherine, my daughter, took her own life. Ever since,…

A story that is sad but true: The painful path of the bereaved parent

This is a abbreviated version of an article I wrote several years ago, that’s just been published in Compassion, the quarterly newsletter of The Compassionate Friends. I’ve mentioned before about therapeutic writing. I find that writing is a way of processing emotions; reading back over what you have written earlier can actually be encouraging because you might find that…