Grief – what is it and how do we experience it?

Grief is defined as the reaction to loss. The loss can be the result of death, loss of a relationship, a job, or anything other type of loss. It can manifest in diverse ways: physically, emotionally, socially and behaviourally. Physically, we may notice sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, or even shortness of breath. Emotionally we may feel vulnerable, lonely or abandoned. We may also notice that we tend to avoid social situations. Our behaviours may… Read more »

International Widow’s Day

June 23, 2018 has been designated as International Widow’s Day. This global awareness day was first created by the United Nations in 2010 to raise awareness of the violation of human rights that widows suffer in many countries, following the death of their partner. Challenges of widowhood Canadian women also face several challenges following the death of a partner, including emotional, financial, social and physical changes. Emotionally, widows have lost a partner and best friend,… Read more »