Living in an Uncertain World

Living in an Uncertain World by Dr. Bill Webster “It is a nightmare, and it seizes you from the inside very strongly. This cannot be explained with words.” (quote from a Ukraine resident in Kharkiv)  Words are not enough to describe the pain of what is happening in Ukraine. Even graphic descriptions of “horror”; “inhumanity”; […]

Grief is a Problem

Grief is a Problem by Dr. Bill Webster In a moment of therapeutic inspiration, the counselor set half a glass of water in front of her support group. She expected the usual “half-full, half-empty” responses, by which she would identify the optimists and the pessimists. But one participant surprised her. Dan picked up the glass, […]

Dying to Talk about Something

Dying to Talk about Something by Dr. Bill Webster Let’s admit it right from the beginning. Talking about death is never easy. Even imagining the possibility of our own death or that of our loved ones is a frightening experience. Who wants to think about the end of life? Who can contemplate a world where […]

The Importance of a Meaningful Goodbye

The Importance of a Meaningful Goodbye by Dr. Bill Webster Tragedies often come out of nowhere. They are unexpected, unwanted and in many cases, unimaginable. Who would have thought that a virus which began in China could cause a global pandemic that would bring so much of life as we know it to an effective […]

It’s Complicated!

It’s Complicated! To say, with 2020 vision, that the last 12 months of pandemic has been “challenging” is probably the understatement of the century. The year we hoped would be defined by joy was increasingly documented by grief. In the year 2021, we will face new challenges, including mass immunization, economic recovery, and rebuilding of […]

Life in Challenging Times

I have written a series of 12 articles entitled “Life in Challenging Times” talking about Grief, Emotions and Coping Strategies for people struggling with the loss of a loved one especially in the difficult circumstances during the current pandemic. While the death of anyone we care about is one of the most difficult experiences in […]

That Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room That elephant is back in the room, and we are still not talking about it. I’m not referring to COVID 19, although that has initiated much debate about issues like the lack of PPE’s for frontline workers; sharing advice on the challenges of self-isolation and social distancing, although sadly there […]

Leaving Panic out of Pandemic

By Dr Bill Webster I believe we will look back on the COVID 19 pandemic, like we did after 9/11, as a time when the world as we knew it changed. The world will go on, of course, but how we see that world will be transformed. These are strange and scary times, and in […]

Dr Bill’s Legacy – New Grief Journey Resources

Dr. Bill is planning to leave a legacy to grieving people around the world, and we would like to seek your support in this ambitious venture. His “Grief Journey” model of community support has been utilized in many communities in Canada and in the UK, where in July 2019, Bill was recognized for his “exceptional […]

Thoughts and Prayers

When we are grieving, it is good to know that someone is thinking of you and even praying for you. But sadly, these good sentiments are often conveyed in an idiom that has become somewhat hackneyed. I’m referring to the oft used expression, “Thoughts and Prayers.” This phrase has been popularized recently by politicians and […]