I finally realize that I have to give in. No! I didn’t say I give UP!! I give in to the fact that websites, communication and aftercare has changed, and one major way that we can be more effective these days is by utilizing social media. I know I have been a bit of a dinosaur in this area, but I spent the day today with my friend and colleague Sean, who has lit a fire under and within me. Watch out world! We are about to enter a new phase in the life of Grief Journey. We will be offering regular FREE live webcasts and grief support sessions with Dr Bill in the coming months. These will be offered at times conducive to people in the UK as well as in North America, and we will post the times on our site. Watch out for our new Facebook page at Grief Journey. (The Among Friends page will still be a closed group allow everyone to share opinions and challenges, but this will be a new page open to all. ) We hope that you will let people know about this new aftercare initiative and encourage then to join us. …

Canadians join with Londoners after the senseless attacks on London Bridge last Saturday. And it’s personal … because one of our own was killed along with those who died and were injured in the terrorist attack. Christine Archibald was 30 years old from a beautiful place in British Columbia called Castlegar. So the events on London Bridge are not being seen by Canadians as “mere spectators” but as people who feel keenly the death of someone who could have been the daughter of any one of us. Her family wrote a heartfelt tribute to their lovely daughter, and ended with these words: “Please honour her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter. Tell them Chrissy sent you.” People around the world on social media doing just that, honouring her memory by reaching out to shelters, community groups and food banks offering donations and volunteer hours, spurred on by the words the Archibald family used in their inspiring tribute. See what is happening at hashtag #ChrissySentMe Maybe that is how we begin to counter evil, by doing good. While nothing we do will make up for the tragedy of lost and …

  What we do when “This couldn’t happen here”, does happen? Once again, the world has been shocked by an act of terror which has claimed many lives and injured scores of others. But that it has happened, not in some remote or far off location, but right here at home in Manchester; and that it occurred at a concert attended by families and children just like ours, brings home to us again that the world in which we live can be a dangerous place. This age of social media has meant that the average citizen is exposed to many national and personal tragedies, shootings and bombings on our TV’s, computers and phones. It seems unbelievable when it happens. But how much more unbelievable it must be to the people who are directly involved. One comment repeated in almost every situation is “We didn’t think something like this could happen here.” While we are all painfully aware that tragedies occur, we insulate ourselves by assuming that they happen to “other people”, or “somewhere else”. So when tragedy does strike, there is often a sense of disbelief. Many of the assumptions that we held about our life or our world can …

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