Category: Grieving and Loss

  • The end of the journey for a much-loved family member

    A Celebration of Life is an alternative to the traditional funeral. We had one for our much loved matriarch who passed away recently after a long battle with lung cancer.

  • Celebrating my Irish Heritage on Saint Patrick’s Day

    Saint Patrick’s Day holds special significance for my family. My mum was a Geraghty, descended from Irish immigrants to New Zealand. It also is the day my mother passed away 30 years ago

  • Coping With Loss and Grief After Major Life Changes

    This article is about coping with loss and grief after major life changes such as ill health and the death of a loved one.

  • A Positive Attitude Can Improve Your Quality of Life

    A positive attitude can improve your quality of life and contribute to longevity and improved health as you age.  A positive attitude to life has been shown by studies to increase your lifespan by 11 to 15%, and increase your odds of living to 85 years or more.  Other benefits of optimism include stress reduction, […]

  • 10 ways to improve your well-being

    10 ways to improve your well-being

    Make a commitment to yourself to get back on track with your healthy lifestyle by using these ten ways to improve your well-being.

  • Journalling as a Self Care Activity

    Journalling as a Self Care Activity

    Journalling as a self care activity is a positive way to channel your emotions and clarify them. This article contains printable journal prompts as a self care activity

  • Mixed Feelings on Mother’s Day

    Mixed Feelings on Mother’s Day

    Mother’s Day has always been a day of mixed feelings for me. My mum passed away from cancer when I was 24. She was 54, the exact age I am now. A lifetime without my mum has been hard to bear at times, especially those times when your mum would be present for you, like […]

  • Living the Healthiest Version of Your Life

    Living the Healthiest Version of Your Life

    I want my remaining years to be as healthy as possible so I strive to overcome my health issues and live the healthiest version of my life as I can. No matter what your issues are, whether they are physical or mental, a lack of money or support, it is possible to live the healthiest version of yourself. Do what you can rather than focusing on what you can’t

  • Letter to myself – aged 17

    Letter to myself – aged 17

    If you could write a letter to yourself at aged 17, what advice would you give yourself? We know ourselves much better the older we get- these life lessons mean we appreciate those things we took for granted at age 17.

  • The Half-Empty Nest

    The Half-Empty Nest

    When one of your children moves out of home it feels like a death – it is a loss, and you grieve for it like any other loss. It is not as acute as the death of a loved one but you still experience some of the same emotions