Common conditions that share symptoms with grief

The standard advice is that grief is hard on your physical and mental health so feeling awful in the early days is normal. When we ask how long before we can expect to stop feeling awful, we’re told that it’s different for everyone.   There is a world of good intentions in this advice. It’s a reaction against years of bereaved people being expected to … Continue reading Common conditions that share symptoms with grief

New special issues at a special price

To celebrate our third birthday we’ve gathered together our best articles from the last two years into two special issues.   For people in the first year of widowhood we have First Year Essentials.   It is a bumper 324 pages with no adverts. You’ll find practical advice and personal stories, with a special section on getting through the holidays and another on funerals and … Continue reading New special issues at a special price

What we talk about when we talk about grief

Kids don’t like being called kids but they’ll proudly tell you their precise age. Adults too, prefer to define themselves rather than have a label stuck on them. As an adult and former kid, maybe this is why I’m getting bored of the word grief.   There’s more going on with me than grief and grief too has more going on inside it.   To find … Continue reading What we talk about when we talk about grief

Survival energy

When Patsy Rodenburg started teaching young actors, she also worked with prison inmates. Her fellow teachers at the drama school discussed how some actors had presence – the magical quality that makes you notice, connect with and remember someone – and some actors didn’t. Patsy noticed that all the prisoners had presence.   Re-reading Patsy’s book, called Presence, I’m struck by how her lessons – … Continue reading Survival energy