Best of our Christmas survival guides

Every year we put articles on how to get through the Christmas holidays in our winter issue. We have some more lined up for issue 17, coming out on 12th December. But if you can’t wait or just want to see all the previous articles in one place, here they are.     Getting Through The Holidays A series of articles from when we asked … Continue reading Best of our Christmas survival guides

From our confessions section archive

Each issue of the magazine has a confessions section where our contributors say the things they wouldn’t normally admit to in public. We’ve looked through our back issues to bring you these.   “Without having to say a word, my postman understands that right now I don’t want to answer the door. My best friend, after many explanations, doesn’t get it. Right now I like … Continue reading From our confessions section archive

How do you get through the holidays?

We asked the excellent writers featured in our last issue, if they had any advice on getting through the holidays.   Mark Liebenow “We aren’t obligated to be happy during the holidays, and can say “No” to all invitations. Do what nourishes you and ignore the rest.”     Elaine Mansfield “My family and I create a Solstice ritual every year around December 21. We … Continue reading How do you get through the holidays?

A word to the not widowed: Sometimes I don’t want to talk about it because…

…because I’m bored of talking about it   …because I’m having a day of it and I might cry and I don’t want to cry   …because I don’t expect you to understand unless you’ve been through it yourself but you’ll want to try to understand and I’ll want to try to appreciate that and we’ll both end up feeling a bit strained and fake … Continue reading A word to the not widowed: Sometimes I don’t want to talk about it because…

Our interview with Amy Biancolli

There is so much warmth in Amy’s book, Figuring Shit Out, about the first weeks and months after her husband’s suicide. And if you live in a part of the world where there are not neighbourhood bands and neighbours don’t respond to grief with an extensive rota of hot meals then you might want to start some new traditions.   Q: You’ve done a TEDx … Continue reading Our interview with Amy Biancolli

Our interview with Mark Liebenow

If Mark’s writings don’t have you packing a rucksack or at least taking a stroll through the park then he’ll undoubtedly have you wandering around Yosemite in your imagination. Grief is a natural process and by turning to nature when his wife died, Mark shows us how it can help us soothe the pain and find balance and meaning again.   Q: You write a … Continue reading Our interview with Mark Liebenow

Our interview with Kristin Meekhof

Kristin’s A Widow’s Guide to Healing is the manual for getting through the first five years. Along with emotional support and lots of practical advice, there are quotes from dozens of different widows on how they experienced each aspect of widowhood. I love a checklist because it implies someone has properly thought through their advice. Kristin’s checklists can be downloaded from her website so you … Continue reading Our interview with Kristin Meekhof