Blog: Absence

I hope everyone is well. Today would have been my Dad’s 69th birthday. He died four and a half years ago. I always find his birthday difficult to process. It brings the loss and grief back above the surface and feels raw again. Birthdays are often a time to celebrate, but when it comes to…

Blog: The Final Day

*** Warning: this blog talks openly about death and grief *** Time heals everything is what they tell you, for me I can tell you that is simply not true. Time changes how grief feels sure, but a change in feeling does not make up for the loss that we feel. Grief comes in many…

Blog: New Year, New Me? How about not!

So here we are in a new year. I just want to say don’t feel forced to join in with New Year’s resolutions if you do not want to. If than you year has inspired, you to set goals and make positive changes to your life then that is excellent. I hope you achieve everything…

Blog: Ready for a break

We are once again facing uncertain times, I for one am ready for a break in more ways than one. My mental health isn’t the best at the moment, I find the the run up to Christmas difficult, I lost my dad back in 2014 and I’ve found that I take a “dip” just before…

Blog: Grief

This blog was written on 13 November: Be grateful for the people in life who add real value to your existence. People come and go in life. Friends and family grow closer, and also drift apart.  It is a normal process in life. Sometimes we lose people to death. This can be particularly difficult to…

Blog: One Step at a time

Today was my Auntie’s funeral. I said my goodbyes and I hope we gave her a suitable send off. Despite the restrictions, we had a very appropriate non religious ceremony in her memory. Rest in peace Norma Stanyon. Funerals are difficult for me, the lead up to today has been filled with sleepless nights and…

Blog: Comfort in Sound

Hello Everyone I hope you are all keeping well.  I’m now back at work following my recent holiday. In dark and trying times, we often cling on to the things that make us feel better.  I am not hiding the fact that I’ve been experiencing low mood for the last few days. It is just…

Change: my friend, my enemy.

In life we often want to make changes. Sometimes they can be huge changes, lots of them and all at once. Change is a natural part of the journey of life. It is often one of those things we hate, and sometimes it is not our decision. How we react may be more in our…

Blog: Stuck between the dark and light

Just a few days ago I wrote about taking the good times with the bad, and this week is proving my point. Yesterday I had an overwhelmingly negative feeling. I had a feeling something untoward was about to happen. It is hard to explain, but I sensed bad times were ahead. The negative feeling lingered…

Blog: Loss

Family means different things, how we define it as individuals will be unique, based upon our experiences. The identity of family can include friends and pets too. There are very few rules to define a family. The make up of a family will likely shift over time too. My family includes pets and people I…