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Grief…it’s not a competition.

by Kristie West August 11, 2014
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Grief…it’s not a competition. It really is time to quit all this which-kind-of-grief-is-the-worst stuff. You probably know exactly what I mean without a further explanation. You’ve probably seen this competition in action. It’s this bizarre hierarchy of grief where certain types of death are considered the worst and, when compared to them, other types of […]

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The Antidepressant Epidemic

by Kristie West August 6, 2014
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The Antidepressant Epidemic I spoke to an old friend today. It wasn’t hard to see she wasn’t very happy. I could actually feel the pain and desperation in her. It was so familiar…because it’s how I felt for so many years. Within the 45 minutes we chatted she had made mention of her unhappiness about her […]

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Are you over-giving?

by Kristie West July 28, 2014

Are you over-giving? I received an email last week from someone who was looking for some advice. This person had a friend who had had a death in their life and the person who had written to me had been the ‘perfect friend’, doing everything she could to support her friend, day and night, to […]

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Why I will NEVER stop telling you that you can heal completely from grief

by Kristie West July 25, 2014
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Why I will NEVER stop telling you that you can heal completely from grief A couple of weeks ago, after posting something about what it takes to heal from grief after a death on Facebook, I had something happen that is not unusual. I had someone (who openly stated they haven’t healed ) try to […]

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Plane shot down

by Kristie West July 19, 2014

“Plane shot down”   When I woke up this morning the first thing I did was read a few pages of the book I’m reading. It’s called ‘Twenty-eight and a half wishes’. Not particularly well-written, but a great read anyway and (spoiler alert) it’s about a 24-yr old girl who has a vision of her […]

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What nature can teach us about death

by Kristie West July 15, 2014

What nature can teach us about death I’m very fortunate to be staying with family up on the Sunshine Coast of Australia for a few days. It is so very beautiful here. From 3 sides of the apartment I can see the ocean.  It’s stunning. I’m not sure if I’ve always felt the affinity I have now […]

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Taking time for yourself

by Kristie West July 9, 2014

  Taking time for yourself I realised something pretty crazy about myself a couple of weeks ago. My trusty mac computer (my portal to the world, where a lot of my friends live, and where all of my business lives) slipped quietly into a coma on a Friday night.  I tried turning it off and […]

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What it takes to truly heal after a death in your life – the right and the wrong of grief

by Kristie West June 25, 2014
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What it takes to truly heal after a death in your life – the right and the wrong of grief Lately I find myself sharing a lot more stuff on my Facebook page and personal Facebook page.  Sometimes small thoughts, sometimes suggestions and ideas, and sometimes I get so frustrated with the grief industry and what I […]

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Can I heal from grief?

by Kristie West June 11, 2014

 Can I heal from grief?   This is a question people ask me a lot.  But even more often I hear people saying “I will never heal” or “I will never get over this”….without realising that the simple act of saying this will ensure they don’t.  “I will never get over this” is an incredibly […]

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Are you holding on to your grief as a way to honour someone you love who has died?

by Kristie West June 5, 2014

Are you holding on to your grief as a way to honour someone you love who has died?   Do you feel like to not be in grief and pain at all would actually dishonour or disrespect someone you love who has died?  Do you feel like the idea of healing completely is disrespectful to their […]

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