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How to grieve the loss of a pet dog

How to grieve the loss of a pet dog

How to grieve the loss of a pet dog is this month’s FAQ (frequently asked question). Research shows that for many, the loss of a much-loved dog is comparable to the death of a human loved one.“Euthanising Tina, my 16-year-old Labrador, was devastating. I cried more...
Successful Grief

Successful Grief

What does successful grief look like? When my mum died, the Kubler-Ross grief model was the road map for mourning. Friends and family measured every tear and angry outburst against the five-stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Today,...
Ruby’s Story–Goodbye to a family gem

Ruby’s Story–Goodbye to a family gem

Six months ago, I euthanized my best friend, Ruby. She was a beautiful black Labrador with bone cancer. Her pain was insufferable, yet I agonized over ending her life. The Vet said it was the kindest thing I could do. But I kept asking myself, “Will Ruby ever forgive...
Kylie’s Story – Death of a husband

Kylie’s Story – Death of a husband

The death of a much-loved husband is devastating, as Kylie discovered. Yet, through the eyes of her young daughter, Kylie found hope. Kylie’s Story Every morning, I would kiss my husband, Terry, good-bye before heading to work. Our kiss was the cue for my two...
Sorry Business makes Happy Business

Sorry Business makes Happy Business

Most Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people know the tradition of ‘Sorry Business’.Sorry Business is a time of mourning that involves responsibilities and obligations to organize and attend the funeral and participate in mourning events, activities or...
What to wear to a funeral

What to wear to a funeral

Deciding what is appropriate to wear to a funeral can be tricky. Traditionally, black is the colour of choice for Western culture. Yet in China, the traditional colour of mourning is white, while in Thailand it’s purple. But not everyone mourns in a traditional sense....
Griefcast – dead funny

Griefcast – dead funny

Talking about death doesn’t have to be grim. In fact, talking about death can be dead funny. Comedian Cariad Lloyd does it every week as part of her bereavement podcast Griefcast. Each week Cariad invites fellow funny people to talk about the death of someone they...