Canadians join with Londoners after the senseless attacks on London Bridge last Saturday. And it’s personal … because one of our own was killed along with those who died and were injured in the terrorist attack. Christine Archibald was 30 years old from a beautiful place in British Columbia called Castlegar. So the events on London Bridge are not being seen by Canadians as “mere spectators” but as people who feel keenly the death of someone who could have been the daughter of any one of us. Her family wrote a heartfelt tribute to their lovely daughter, and ended with these words: “Please honour her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter. Tell them Chrissy sent you.” People around the world on social media doing just that, honouring her memory by reaching out to shelters, community groups and food banks offering donations and volunteer hours, spurred on by the words the Archibald family used in their inspiring tribute. See what is happening at hashtag #ChrissySentMe Maybe that is how we begin to counter evil, by doing good. While nothing we do will make up for the tragedy of lost and …

Every life tells a story, and when someone dies people would like to finish the story and try to make it a good one. And this happens especially when that death comes unexpectedly or prematurely. Recently a whole generation of music fans grieved the loss of Chris Cornell. People of MY generation who are not as familiar with his work can relate a similar reaction to our feelings when Elvis or John Lennon died. As they had been in their time, Chris Cornell was a pioneer in the musical genres of grunge, alternative metal, heavy metal, alternative rock and hard rock. Shortly after he died, someone tweeted, “I’ve never been so deeply affected by a musician’s death. But Chris Cornell was so much more to me. I guess that’s why.” A good friend of mine said, “My husband and I were devastated. I think part of our sadness is the music that was still to come. We will never get to experience that.” In the last year alone, others may have had similar reactions to the death of musicians like Prince, David Bowie, George Michael, Chuck Berry and many others. But you play golf, or ever walked in Arnie’s Army, …

Dr. Websters new eBook First you Hurt, then you Heal is now available

Now available for immediate download from Amazon! Dr. Bill Webster understands grief not just in theory, but also from personal experience. In his book, “First you Hurt, Then you Heal”, Dr. Bill outlines a road map for the grief journey in a series of articles that take us through the process . He begins with a chapter entitled “I Didn’t Plan for This” that gives people an understanding of what they may experience in the early days after a loss. The book then goes on to give us an understanding of grief, some insights into various situations of loss, and some strategies to help us work through the process. This book will be a helpful resource for those who are going through a grief process as well as containing much relevant and practical information for those who would like to know what they can say and how they can help someone who has experienced a significant loss. It will also serve as a basic knowledge and layman’s guide for those in the helping professions such as nurses, teachers, funeral directors and those who seek to support grieving people, young and old, through their work. “First you Hurt, Then you Heal” …

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