The grief we feel following the loss of a loved one can be the greatest hardship we face in our lifetimes. Whether it is a close relative, our partner or the unbearable heartache felt with the loss of a child, bereavement can stop our lives entirely in their tracks, and burden us with a long-lasting tide of complex and difficult emotions. Culturally, we are not well equipped to talk about or anticipate the experience of grief, making it a subject that we are often inclined to avoid. However it is clear that talking about our bereavement, and giving ourselves permission to go through this process is as natural and normal as any aspect of the human experience. Our grief might feel all-consuming, and unending, but in…

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  The English philosopher Francis Bacon once wrote “It is as natural to die as it is to be born” and yet, when the end of life draws near for us or for a loved one, the subject of death can feel incredibly difficult to broach. This reality is not our fault, as facing our mortality is a cultural taboo that we have carried for many generations, but breaking the silence that surrounds the end of life is hugely important. Communicating around this delicate topic is important for peace of mind as practical questions are resolved but it also offers the invaluable opportunity to create meaningful connection and a sense of togetherness in the face of grief. In bringing the value of our relationships to the…

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“A legacy project can be a meaningful tool to bolster your own strength following a frightening diagnosis. It can be a means to support someone you love who is ill, or a way to reclaim a feeling of control after bereavement by turning emotions outward in a positive way towards others we love.” For each of us the thought of losing a loved one, or of leaving loved ones behind, is a difficult thing to bear. When faced with a potentially terminal diagnosis we all want to save those we care about from grief, but in such times our normal vocabulary of support becomes redundant and we can find ourselves feeling powerless. In these moments the value of our connection to others can be a source…

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