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My birthday last week got me thinking, especially as we saw our first snowfall of November.
I am moving into winter, not just seasonally, but in my LIFE.
Time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, and embarking on my new life. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.
But, here it is… the start of winter of my life and it catches me by surprise. How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like.
But, here we are. Many of my friends are retired and getting grey…they move slower and I see an older person now. Some are in better and some worse shape than me…but, I see the great change. They are not the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d be.
We all eventually enter into this new season of life unprepared for all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that we wish we had done but never did!
Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done…things I should have done. But also there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all a part of life.
But, at least I know that even though the winter has come, and I’m not sure how long it will last, this I do believe, that when it’s over on this earth…it’s NOT over. A new adventure will begin!
So, take it from me. Even if you’re not in your winter yet, let me gently remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. That’s what happened to me. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly! Don’t put things off too long!
Life goes by quickly. Don’t put things off for “one of these days” what you can today. Because you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life. So plan for tomorrow, but live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember… and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!
“Life” is a gift to you. The way you LIVE your life is your gift to those who come after. So make it an extraordinary one.
Today is the oldest you’ve ever been, yet the youngest you’ll ever be so enjoy this day while it lasts. Live it well! Do something fun! Be happy! Have a great day!