Michelle Suzanne Scott

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Michelle Suzanne Scott

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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 […]

The Reluctant He💔rt

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 […]

Performing “rituals” may have gotten a bad rap.

Performing "rituals" may have gotten a bad rap.

Photo courtesy of 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 […]

Continuing Bonds … not “closure”

Continuing Bonds ... not "closure"

Photo courtesy of 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 […]

Complicated Grief

Complicated Grief

Photo 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 […]

Community Engagement Group – Grief and Loss

Community Engagement Group - Grief and Loss

                                                      Image provided by: Dreamstime Jan 2017   NOTE:  Thank you to those participants who shared their stories and memories.  I am honoured to be a part of your grief journey and that you allowed me into your lives for a brief time.  May 2017, Michelle. For those interested in a group format, with enough interest […]

Self-Care is Not Selfish

Self-Care is Not Selfish

Taking care of yourself is not being selfish or acting self-absorbed You may have been taught to “be strong” and to put others’ needs first. To take care of yourself is not a selfish act, it’s treating yourself like you would a good friend.  Especially during bereavement, people need to concentrate on self care.  Please keep […]

Top Ten Things to Know About Grief & Loss

Top Ten Things to Know About Grief & Loss

Recently, I was asked by a local funeral director to consider running a group at his funeral home.  As I was mulling over what to include in the information, I came up with a Top Ten List of things I wanted people to know.  The list is wordy, so I distilled it further and created […]

Integrative Care for Cancer Patients

Integrative Care for Cancer Patients

The following is a guest post:  Integrative Health Care Eases Pain and Grief for Cancer Patients  The pain and grief felt by people with cancer can be debilitating and exhausting. When combined, pain and grief exacerbate each other. As pain increases, the ability to manage emotions becomes challenging. As grief intensifies, sensations of pain may […]

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