“Grief hurts. Period. Connecting with others who are walking this similar yet unique path is especially healing. Over time, grief can strengthen your life. It is a process and the pain is a part of the healing. Moving forward from it vs. getting over it is the key to self-preservation and a positive grief experience. Yes, a positive grief experience. Grief sharing needs to be open and unfettered…Grief Stories is the human condition in its most intimate and honest form…a comprehensive collection of real life stories, real 6me grief journeys. It normalizes and provides hope. There is nothing like this out there. It will change the way we see grief and ourselves.”

Michael Ward – 30 year Funeral Director

“Grief remains the taboo topic in our culture. We seem to be able to speak about any other topic but when it comes to grief, mourning and the expressions of such, silence becomes the norm. It is my professional opinion, Grief Stories is a huge step in not only addressing the silence but also giving people a practical, helpful and encouraging place to go to explore their own journey as well as listen to the hearts of others.”

Dr. L. Keith Taylor – Director, Genesis Bereavement Resource Centre

“Boost CYAC is very familiar with grief and in particular traumatic grief, where a child or youth loses a loved one unexpectedly or violently and is traumatized as a result. There are not many resources that are specifically related to traumatic grief and I believe that Grief Stories could be extremely valuable to children, youth and families faced with this situation.”

Karyn Kennedy – President and CEO, BOOST Child and Youth Advocacy Centre

“It is said that we are an illiterate society when it comes to grief. Many people don’t know what to say at funerals and how to be supportive of grieving people. Grief Stories is an exciting concept of using video vignettes that have the potential to capture the pain, suffering, isolation, doubt and fears that many experience.”

Donna M. Harris – Lifewalk Counselling

“I am pleased to offer my support and endorsement for the Grief Stories project. As a bereaved mother and longtime self-help bereavement volunteer with Bereaved Families of Ontario I can attest to the value of finding solace, understanding and support for those living with grief. I am sure this will be a well-used resource by those who are grieving, those who are supporting them and the broader community.”

Katie Jacobs, MSW, RSW

“I am so grateful to have been a part of Grief Stories as it has helped me so much in dealing with my mother’s death. I was so unsure of how I would feel about speaking about my grief regarding my mother’s death because we had a difficult relationship and I actually felt some relief when my mother passed and part of me felt shame for feeling that way. I feel that the experience has helped me to resolve many negative feelings I had towards my mother and has helped me to feel compassion and understanding of my mother’s experiences in her life which were not always easy.”

Cathy Buckingham – Grief Stories participant

“I am pleased to offer my support and endorsement for the Grief Stories project. As a bereaved mother and longtime self-help bereavement volunteer with Bereaved Families of Ontario I can attest to the value of finding solace, understanding and support for those living with grief.

I am sure this will be a well-used resource by those who are grieving, those who are supporting them and the broader community.”

Lesley Parrott – Lesley Parrott Consulting

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Grief Stories is an initiative of My Grief Now