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September 12th 2016:Grief. How to deal with grief.

Grief. It finds us early in life and never really ever lets go. Maybe that’s OK, in a ‘it’s part of being human’ kind of way. I wish it on no one. And it’s not my place to try to take it away from anyone. We should not rob people of their grief by saying pep talk, feel good kind of things. Sure everyone means well but we all need to have our grief. We go to great lengths to make it stop and have life go back to the way it was. It can’t. But we can learn to be with it. What does the topic of loss have to do with individuation and autonomy, the main theme of Make Life Work? Sometimes grief can c

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Fiona Tankard

The themes of death and love have always interested British writer Fiona Tankard and feature in her latest book Ruby and the Ghost Dog about 10-year-old Ruby, who has to cope with the death of her father and the upheaval of moving to another country. She is helped by the power of love, plus a bit of magic - and a ghost dog! Fiona has woven many of her own experiences into the book, including the deaths of her mother, her husband Alan and some of her pets. Fiona has a degree in English & American Literature, postgrad qualifications in teaching and publishing and worked as a teacher trainer before editing the popular British lifestyle magazine ITALY. Fiona and Alan moved into a ruin in Umbri
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Alison Jennings Wohleb

Alison Jennings Wohleb is an artist in California. She raised three sons as a single mother. Her son, Ian, was a young man when he died in 2014 of complications from a brain injury from an auto collision in 2009.Alison is very good at helping people understand we don’t need to say all the things we say when confronted with this unspeakable loss. We always want other people to feel good but out of awkwardness we often say dismissive things like “You’ll heal with time.”, “Things happen for a reason.” “It’s about moving on.”. Sometimes the best thing we can say is nothing. Just learn to 'be' with someone else and let them have that piece of their their humanity. Ian was such an incredibly ki
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