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Michelle Suzanne Scott

Registered Social Services Worker

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Michelle@MichelleSuzanneScott.ca

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  • GRIEF & COVID-19 🌏 April 1, 2020 Grief is often characterized by not being able to see the path forward and a feeling of hopelessness.  COVID-19 challenges our health, economic, and social systems.   Trauma is characterized by a feeling of helplessness in an unpredictable situation.  In addition to grief, many of us are feeling the effects of trauma, due to the rapidly changing nature of the pandemic and associated lockdowns.  COVID-19 is sweeping through our reality.  Governments and communities are scrambling to keep up with rapidly changing developments.    For those who were already grieving before this pandemic or for those whose loved ones have died as a result of ...
  • The Reluctant He💔rt March 1, 2020 We die as we have lived, and if sexuality and intimacy has been a part of your life, then it stands to reason it will also be an important part at the end of your life.  There may be a reluctance to discuss intimacy during a time when we are faced with our own mortality – despite sadness, exhaustion, or other symptoms, there is still opportunity to establish deep intimacy and connection. 💖       Of note, although not everyone will face these challenges, there is a need for sensitivity to cultural beliefs around sexuality, possible past infidelity, trauma, abuse, or assault.  Consideration ...
  • Performing “rituals” may have gotten a bad rap. February 17, 2017 Performing "rituals" may have gotten a bad rap.Photo courtesy of Dreamstime.com The word “ritual” may conjure up visions of  nefarious actions designed to incite negativity.  Lighting birthday candles is a type of ritual that most of us enjoy.  I think there is a sacred place for rituals and ceremonies in death and dying.  It is a way to remember and celebrate our lives and honour our deaths. Public Mourning & Private Mourning Mourning is an expression of our grief.  Consider the following:  rituals are a way to symbolically express our feelings of grief and feel connected to someone we have loved who has died. A funeral service and memorials are a ...
  • Continuing Bonds … not “closure” February 17, 2017 Continuing Bonds ... not "closure"Photo courtesy of Dreamstime.com   For years, the collective wisdom told us we needed to “seek closure” when someone dies.  It would then, supposedly, become easier to “move on” and live our lives.  Now, researchers and advocates of death and dying have determined we need not cut the ties we have with those we have formed bonds and connections with. Continuing Bonds “Unsent letters” (Neimeyer, 2002) are an attempt to say “hello again” (White, 1989) rather than saying a final goodbye to your loved one. The important thing to remember when writing this letter is to reopen contact with the person you love rather ...
  • Complicated Grief February 4, 2017 Complicated GriefPhoto by:  Dreamstime 82946486 In October 2016, I attended a workshop sponsored by Bereavement Ontario Network and presented by Dr. M. Katherine Shear.  Dr. Shear has studied complicated grief and believes the type of bond and connection we have with the person who has died, and whether we feel stuck or stopped in our mourning process, determines whether grief becomes complicated.  For more information regarding Dr. Shear’s work, please visit http://complicatedgrief.columbia.edu The researchers in death and dying have different definitions of COMPLICATED GRIEF.  At its most fundamental level, complicated grief arises when there is an inability to integrate and reconcile your loss and adapt to ...
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