Category Archives: Coping with Loss

Remembering and Honouring Our Mothers

Visiting the cemetery each week, reminds me of what matters most in life. When we remember whom we have loved and lost, and recognize that all lives – even our own – will someday come to an end, the multitude … Continue reading

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HOW to Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Since its debut in 1944, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” has been a bittersweet favourite of the holiday season. In the movie, Meet Me in St. Louis, Judy Garland sang it to cheer up Maureen O’Brien before the family’s … Continue reading

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Live with the end in mind

Mindfulness of death is a Buddhist practice that informs more meaningful living. If anything can happen anytime and if your next breath was your last breath, you would pay attention to the quality of each remaining moment of your life … Continue reading

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The gifts that give back

At one time or another, we all think about ourselves when we give to others. That’s perfectly fine when your gift is a shared experience: a nice meal, a concert or a movie. You’re celebrating your relationship and saying “I … Continue reading

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Bring Your Best to a New Year

As we grow older, each year seems to pass more quickly. When I was five years old, a summer seemed to last a year; now each season passes in a flash. As we accumulate years in age, each year, month, … Continue reading

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My Parents’ Stories: The Cycle of Love

My dad was born on Vancouver Island in Cumberland, near Courtney and Comox. When Cumberland had a coalmine, it was one of the largest Chinatowns on the West Coast. My dad lost his father in early childhood. His mother was … Continue reading

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Write Your Own Life Story

As children, we are asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and when we are young, we make our plans. Life intervenes. People come and go into our lives; relationships change and end. We make decisions … Continue reading

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