grief philosophy

Grief is a natural part of the human experience. We all grieve uniquely and there is no "right way" or "wrong way". Our individual and collective grief experiences are deeply affected by our social location and history of loss, as well as the social, political, economic and environmental structures within which we live. I also believe that grief impacts us mentally, physically, spiritually, socially, and emotionally. 

Although it may be devastating, confusing, and disruptive to lose someone or something we love, I believe that with the right supports, we all have the ability to learn to live with grief and to integrate it into our lives.

Grief has a momentum of its own and a need to be expressed, and grieving people want their grief to be witnessed with unconditional love - not platitudes or dismissiveness. Grief is not a "problem" to be fixed but an experience and process that needs tending to - with care and skill. It is my goal to provide a safe and supportive environment for you to explore and express your grief, in ways that make sense for you, and at your own pace. My compassionate presence and holistic approach will encourage you to examine all the ways that grief is affecting your life and well-being, and to tap into your inner resources and strengths while building new skills. I will support you to integrate your loss into your life.

I use multiple therapeutic modalities including Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness, and work from a trauma-informed, Intersectional, Feminist, Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppressive and LGBTQ-Positive framework. In addition to my academic training, my understanding of grief has been informed by my own personal losses as well as the training, support and information I received from staff and volunteers at Bereaved Families of Ontario - Toronto, the AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario, and the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities Hospice Program