Scroll through the pages to find information on many topics of interest, resources and tools to help you on your journey through grief.
Welcome to Good Griever! Whether you are new to grief, living with it for years or a professional wanting to know more, you will find information and resources here to help you in a variety of ways. One thing is certain. There’s always something new to learn about grief and share with others.
As a bereaved mom of a daughter who died by suicide in 2005, it’s been my desire to help others grieving. Having spent years trying to find inner peace, I remain passionate about sharing whatever information I learn to help others on their healing journey. Having friends to share this crazy world of grief has been my greatest comfort. I hope it will be for you, too. You can read more about what I do at www.vonnesolis.com.
When my daughter died in 2005 at age 22, this type of public space wasn’t available. Today, we can freely educate each other online about what grief is really like. Not only does this empower grievers about our needs and rights, but it contributes to a cultural shift that can lead to better support for the bereaved. Everyone, one day, will be a griever. We need to start talking more openly about loss and grief and difficult death.
In June 2018, I spoke at the first ever conference for the bereaved in Ottawa, Canada. My topic was Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Grief. The room was packed. It was clear people wanted and need more information about all aspects of the grief experience.
On this blog, I will regularly share information and resources on a variety of topics related to grief to inform and inspire you through the many struggles all grievers face. I’ll also provide updates on new books I’ve published and other events happening.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll find the information helpful.
Many people are at a loss when a death occurs. They have no idea how to prepare for the experience. I didn’t either. Being thrown into grief from sudden loss is like finding yourself tumbling down a rabbit hole. Everything is distorted. Nothing makes sense anymore.
The fact that we don’t talk about grief in our society has ensured there is a serious lack of support for grievers in all areas of community. Having gone through a number of experiences in grief, including: coping with secondary losses, relationship breakdowns, other family deaths, living with PTSD, work disability, I know just how difficult it is to stand up for ourselves to have our needs met in every facet of this experience.
On this blog, I’ll be talking about all this and more to help grievers feel supported and manifest the life they want. One step at a time.
Grief in general is difficult. Complicated grief from tragic and sudden loss presents us with some of the toughest lessons we will ever face as human beings. Sometimes the grief challenges us only to survive. Other times, the lessons we can take from our suffering can feel like a complicated mix of humility and gratitude for the experience that brought us our pain. Much of the time it just feels like the unbearable emptiness that it is.
Yet, living with sorrow and pain is not in our best interest. I know first-hand how conflicting it feels wanting to feel joy after loss. However, we owe ourselves the right to heal from our pain and embrace the abundant life that can be ours.
Whether your world has recently been turned upside down by grief or you are well on your way to rebuilding, wanting to live a fulfilling life after loss has many rewards. Not least, the emotional freedom that comes when we choose to let go of our pain and embrace the opportunities that await.
While the journey isn’t easy after loss, it is worth us rising to the challenge of striving to be the best we can be, despite what’s happened to us. The Good Griever community invites you to soak up whatever information you find on this site that feels comforting in your healing, remembering there’s no right or wrong way to feel or to grieve.
Grief changes along the way. While it’s true that no one grieves exactly the same way, we do all cope with many of the same emotions after loss, though to varying degrees amidst our own unique circumstances. Whatever our differences are, I hope you’ll find this information helpful as you move forward in your healing.
Recently I watched Our Silent Emergency by Roman Kemp (young UK media celebrity) who recently lost his best friend to suicide. While it focuses on what can be done to get younger males to start talking about their struggles amidst increasing rates of suicide, I found it helpful. I lost my daughter to suicide in …
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Recently, I’ve been thinking about how often we are called to act with more kindness and sensitivity towards others when we don’t really feel like it. Yet, the moment we become aware that we can respond to any situation in a more positive way, is the moment we can’t turn our back on trying to …
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