Opening the Doors to Discussion


I attended the Bereavement Ontario Network (BON) Conference this past week and came home with heart felt stories, new friendships, resources and inspiration.

Sometimes you are the catalyst for someone’s choice to change.

 Sometimes you are the recipient of the information needed to help you on your journey.


When looking at the topic of “Relationships, Change and Choices” (October newsletter) how often have you been afraid to say what you are really wanting to say and to whom?  What doors do you feel are closed when wanting to heal the losses in your life?


The 2012 October, Bereavement Ontario Network Conference opened the doors for discussion on topics of loss that several professionals notice are in need of better understanding due to the scope of their practices or noticing topics that arise during counselling sessions.

v   Being a victim yourself due to the result of a person close to you committing a crime: Shannon Moroney talking about her book “Through the Glass”

v   Helping bereaved children resolve their grief : Liana Lowenstein

v   Loss experienced due to military deaths: Bill Webster

v   What it means to have taboos against certain types of grief: Wayson Choy

v   “Ghosts of Grief” in Job Loss: Mary Lee Felder

v   The terminal diagnosis: Nancy Gingerich

v   Healing Kid’s Hearts group session with play therapy: Donna Cuthertson

v   Helping individuals with developmental disabilities through grief: Samantha Hudyma

v   Adult Sibling Loss: Dr. Brenda Marshall

v   Japanese Buddhist  “The Water Baby Ceremony”: Ben Hoogenboom

v   Canadian Virtual Hospice, bereavement online: Colleen Young

v   Intellectual disabilities and grieving: Cheryl Bailey

v   Grief in Adoption: Bea Filc and Sarah Giudice

v   Pet Loss: Ian Henderson

v   Self-care for professional caregivers: Lori-Ives-Baine

v   Abortion: “A Journey from Then to Now”: Barbara Saunders

In all of the areas mentioned above more research is needed and requests for help and healing from diverse loss experiences continue to be received by professionals.  There are times when the loss situation is overlooked or dismissed due to the nature of the loss; which in some cases is a “taboo” topic in our society.

 For more information on any of the speakers listed above feel free to connect with me and I will do my best to get the contact information.


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