guilt and grief

Guilt and Grief: coping with the shoulda, woulda, couldas

When my dad died I remember well the intense guilt I had in the months that followed.  Though his death didn’t fit into one of the categories known for guilt, that didn’t stop me from feeling guilty.  I felt guilt that I wasn’t a match for a bone marrow transplant, though rationally I knew I …

interview with Qeepr

Online Memorials in the Modern Age: An interview with Mandy Benoualid

Today we’d like to welcome honorary WYG girl, Mandy Benoualid, to the blog.  Mandy is the founder and Executive Creative Director of   Qeepr, a site that brings family and friends together to honor and remember deceased loved ones by linking real life memorials to online memorials and social media. Qeepr provides a platform for online memorial …

compassionate friends national conference

64 Things We Learned at the Compassionate Friends National Conference

1. It takes approximately 12 hours to drive from Baltimore, MD to Rosemont, Il. 2. A 12-hour road trip without kids is like heaven compared to a 5-hour road trip with kids. Just sayin’ 3. It’s not actually impossible to come up with enough topics to fill 12 straight hours without turning on the radio. …

should children attend funerals

What’s Your Question: Should Children Attend Funerals?

I was talking some friends a while back about when they went to their first funeral (that’s what you get when you hang out with a gal who writes a grief blog).  It was prompted by a conversation in which a friend mentioned that he was not “invited” to attend his grandmother’s funeral when he …

FI - grief and loss

Expanding Our Understanding of Loss and Grief

Our society seems pretty comfortable with the following if-then logic. “If there has been a death then there will be grief” This logic is easily observed and understood by just about anyone. In fact, take a look at Oxford Dictionaries definition of ‘Grief’: Deep sorrow, especially that caused by someone’s death. We willingly recognize that …


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