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The death of someone we care about can be one of the most difficult experiences of life. Words seem inadequate to describe how painful the grief we feel can be. It is often much more challenging than we expect and than others seem to think.
These articles will help you understand something about the grief and how we can help ourselves and others through the difficult process.
These articles were written by Dr Bill Webster, our Director of Grief Education, and are part of a comprehensive library available on our Grief Journey web portal. Dr Bill is the founder and Executive Director of the Centre for the Grief Journey. He earned his doctorate at the University of Toronto in 1990, and has been awarded the prestigious Fellow in Thanatology by the Association of Death Education and Counselling (ADEC).
Dr Bill`s knowledge of grief is not just in theory, but from a very difficult personal experience. In 1983, Bill`s young wife died suddenly of a heart attack, leaving him not only to cope with his loss, but also to raise his 2 sons, who were only 9 and 7 when their mother died. Dr Bill has become a recognised author, a renowned international speaker and seminar leader, and brings 30 years of experience in the field of grief support and counselling.
Grief is one of the most misunderstood realities we will ever face. Dr. Alan Wolfelt, founder and director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition, writes, "When someone you loved has died, you are beginning a journey that is often frightening, painful and sometimes lonely. No words, written or spoken, can take away the pain you now feel. To heal, you must be willing to learn about and understand the grief process and how it will affect you today, tomorrow and forever."
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These articles will help you understand the grief you may be feeling and how you can cope when someone you care about dies.
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