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I finally realize that I have to give in. No! I didn’t say I give UP!! I give in to the fact that websites, communication and aftercare has changed, and one major way that we can be more effective these days is by utilizing social media. I know I have been a bit of a dinosaur in this area, but I spent the day today with my friend and colleague Sean, who has lit a fire under and within me. Watch out world! We are about to enter a new phase in the life of Grief Journey. We will be offering regular FREE live webcasts and grief support sessions with Dr Bill in the coming months. These will be offered at times conducive to people in the UK as well as in North America, and we will post the times on our site. Watch out for our new Facebook page at Grief Journey. (The Among Friends page will still be a closed group allow everyone to share opinions and challenges, but this will be a new page open to all. ) We hope that you will let people know about this new aftercare initiative and encourage then to join us. …

Are you still engaged, or have you broken off the engagement? I am not referring to anyone’s marital status here, so let me explain. On my recent visit to the UK, I took the train from my home town in Scotland to London. I was looking forward to enjoying the scenery along the journey, eagerly looking out to see the famous Carnoustie golf course, the magnificent Edinburgh castle, the Angel of the North in Newcastle, and many other highlights along the way. Across the table from me was a young chap, early twenties or whatever. He was totally engrossed in his mobile phone, texting and checking stuff out from the time he got on the train till the time he got off. He didn’t glance up or see a single thing along the journey, didn’t say a solitary word to me or anyone else … his whole attention was focussed on his phone. I thought “What a shame!”  He missed out on SO MUCH that was there to be enjoyed on the journey. I couldn’t help reflect on the statement, quoted by Captain Jack Sparrow, “It’s not the destination so much as the journey.”

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 …

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