9 months later
New labels: Widow, single parent (a.k.a. “We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” Maya Angelou) (featured on BlogHer)
Mayor Rob Ford
A year ago today – My birthday
Day 1: Creation – The darkness and the light
Sundubu – Korean dish (featured on BlogHer)
Poppy – a tribute to my dad’s dad
Starbucks and sirens: a tribute (featured on BlogHer ~ spotlight blogger article)
The mask of the uncomfortable nothingness
An uncluttered Christmas
Neil’s letter to Alexis
Breaking through the waters
Two wolves – if everything good fights everything bad, which one will win?
Must we think about death?
“I will love the block person” – Neil
Tears from the sky – my last day of my first support group
Stigma in a large yellow envelope (or Stigma spelled S-U-I-C-I-D-E) (featured on BlogHer)
Going through the e-motions
Breathe – refocusing during grief and trauma
Suicide prevention resources – a conversation
Nomads are we
A year gone by – Looking back on New Year’s Eve
Pickles, peanuts, and pananas
Angry at God – stage
Why I believe in God, even when life is rough sometimes
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Am I disabled, or enabled?
A movie of memories (video – snapshots of our life with Neil)
Wrestling my way through defeat. Literally.
Finding the essence of life’s song…(a.k.a. “God connections in playing music”) (featured on BlogHer)
A complete life – Martin Luther King Jr. (featured on BlogHer)
Are you a participator of life? Unwrapping the gift of today.
Unsettled – a journal entry of insomnia from the not-too-distant-past
What should I say? Responding to someone else’s loss
Flight 796 Departing grief, arriving in paradise at 3:07pm. ALL ABOARD!
Learning how to die – Jon Foreman
This is Good Grief Guru, reporting from Barbados
SCATTERING: finding beauty from ashes PART 1
SCATTERING: finding beauty from ashes PART 2
The chime of self-forgiveness – in honour of my greatest life coach
For the love of your spouse, your parent(s), your kid(s), GET A WILL!
Health is wealth: Sleep – “The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep” W.C. Fields
The pandemic of suicide
Health is wealth: Y exercise
In need of inspiration? Let me read you a Dr. Suess bedtime story… (video)
The naked truth about stigmas
HAPPY THOUGHT #36: Hearing my 2-year-old encourage her friend (for more Happy Thoughts, visit the Happy Thought Index)
Health is wealth – zumba, zumba, two left feet
Collateral damage – what suicide does to the left-behinds
Health is wealth – join the crowd! (just be careful which crowd you pick)
Remembering Neil – 1 year later (memorial)
HAPPY 3rd BIRTHDAY Alexis! (video – a tribute to my amazing daughter, and her 2nd year)
Health is wealth: “Blessed are the flexible, for they will never be bent out of shape.”
Support group junkie
Health is wealth: Contagious energy
How can I celebrate Easter without Passover?
Saying goodbye to maternity clothes
YMCA Strong Kids: building resilience in the young
The power of rising above – A father breaks the silence of his son’s suicide
Attitude of gratitude: Focusing on the good
“Breathe out when you come together, in when you come apart.” – Donna Perk
“It’s always darkest before the dawn” The Dark Knight
The tricky business of a WORK/LIFE balance
“With great power, comes great responsibility” Spiderman
Together we’ll walk the stepping stones – by Barbara Williams
Has helping others helped me?
Good Grief Guru has been selected by Poppet’s Picks!
Pulling my weight – learning to use the weights of life as tools for resilience
Running to stand still (video – a musical performance by Shawna)
Everything has its time
Get a grip! – Finding the right tools for the long haul
I had the most incredible night…sharing my story with a group of girls
Do I feel marginalized?
Happy 25th Anniversary Starbucks! (video – Find out how Starbucks fits in with our story)
Good Grief Guru’s take on The Bachelorette: “Baggage” (week 5)
June 17th: Father’s Day, and Neil’s Birthday
What if the death of my husband had been my first loss?
What’s better than a “hallelujah?”
Drowning; a preventable death (featured on the YMCA Facebook page)
Loving the body my spouse left behind
Are you a dad? Then this post’s for you!
Who would you choose? The baby, or the dog?
Reeling in a pike. A Starbucks Pike that is.
Courtyard calm at the YMCA
Going on a life change adventure
Worn (video – music)
September 10th is WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION day
The irreplaceable community
Andrew Haley – inspiration speaker at the YMCA
What would you do to give your kids 5 more years of life? (video)
Miracle of miracles! Justice prevails after all.
What happened to Amanda Todd?
Learning to live with a missing limb – Andrew Haley
On the importance of being alone
Cancer treatment is saving lives!
Mother honours son by sharing his story of suicide
Free grief seminar in Toronto December 12th: Coping with loss ~ when someone you love dies
TODAY is Waterloo West Neighbourhood Fest at the Stork Family YMCA!
Good Grief Guru guest stars on Reconnectfully Yours! (This Thursday!)
The countdown is on! Less than 24 hours to Reconnectfully Yours.
Another step taken towards breaking the silence & stigma of suicide (video – Good Grief Guru interview by HOst Sahil Dhingra on Reconnectfully Yours)
Basketball at the Y with my toddler
Stand up for kids with Mental Health issues (video)
Win an Attribute Index by PE&A life coach! – only 3 available. First come, first serve.
Getting a move on – Good Grief Guru moves to “The Healing Place”
Thinking of Connecticut
Sandy Hook – When you feel consumed by darkness, seek beauty
Send the Card & they can watch the impact! (A creative way to make a difference this Christmas)
Explaining death to kids
Give the gift of health: YMCA
Merry Christmas from Good Grief Guru (video)
The edge of a dream…
Support for Chief Spence – Help put an end to the hunger strike and stand up for the rights of Native Canadians! #IdleNoMore
Chief Theresa Spence interview (video)
Why we are Idle No More – by Pamela Palmater, Ottawa Citizen
Why should Canadian citizens care about Idle No More?
It was a good speech Mr. Harper, but… (video)
UNREPENTANT: a documentary on Kevin Annett and the genocide of Canada’s native peoples (video)
Grief, suicide, and “inter-generational impacts”
Chief Spence backing out of meeting is no surprise (video)
Good Grief Guru interview with CTV for Bell’s Let’s Talk day
Solidarity fast with Chief Spence and Idle No More
Idle No More flash mob – Kitchener (Saturday) Waterloo (Sunday)
Idle No More – Does it really affect Canadians?
A timely excerpt from The Little House on the Prairie – Chapter 18, The Tall Indian
How do you feel when you see injustice in the world?
Idle No More song by Marc Marilainen – listen here! (audio)
Laurier University is first to embark on staff and student suicide alertness training!
Seniors rank highest demographic for suicide in the nation
National Farmers Union stands with Idle No More
Laying out the law by Pamela Palmater (video)
A DAY ON – Martin Luther King Jr. day, Errol Barrow day, and a call to action for Idle No More
Idle No More World Day of Action
Ruby Wax: What’s so funny about mental illness? (video)
Joshua Walters: On being just crazy enough (video)
Good Grief Guru is speaking at Ignite Waterloo (Feb 13th)
Baby boomers and suicide -> in the Toronto Star
The countdown is on to Ignite Waterloo and Bell Let’s Talk day! (video)
It’s Bell Let’s Talk day. Find out how you can contribute to the reduction of stigmas!
Talk to me: The James Patrick Peek story (video)
Idle No More Valentines day marches (audio)
Ignite Waterloo: References to statistics from my Feb. 13th 2013 talk
Did you watch Ignite Waterloo tonight?
CTV interview with Good Grief Guru: Touched by Suicide
Help Shawna get on TED!
“Depression & the holidays – not always the most wonderful time of the year” ~ It’s my turn movement (video)
How to cope when not okay / Love:God / HAPPY THOUGHT #55
Stand up to Stigma SPOTLIGHT event: University of Waterloo March 6th
It is a night for the senses (video)
The Keltie Colleen story – “You know what’s way better than cool? Happy.” (video)
Resources for students!
Two siblings share about their father’s suicide (video)
Dear Neil (a 2 year letter)
Chubby baby skit – Happy 4th birthday Alexis!
Proof that speaking out about suicide and mental illness saves lives! (video)
I’m getting published!
Shawna’s IGNITE WATERLOO talk! “He died by…” (video)
Being a single mom means a cut in pay. Missed the memo? It was news to me too.
Upcoming event: Coping with loss – When someone you love dies (Toronto, April 18th, 2013)
Shawna on Widowed.ca radio today
Will you help me reach my goal? (check out this video)
Rick Warren’s youngest son dies by suicide
The Purpose Driven Life in Death: Finding purpose in the loss of Matthew Warren (video)
Listen to Shawna’s interview on Widowed.ca radio – 4pm & 8pm today on HazeFM
Win a ticket to Bayview Concierge’s upcoming grief seminar!
“It’s my turn” to talk about mental illness – PTSD & Situational Depression
Kicking off mental health week at Elevation Church in Waterloo! – May 5th, 2013
Free suicide seminar for family physicians – spread the word! (June 4, RSVP by May 24)
Just a reminder: Mental illness, suicide, and finding God in the darkness talk tomorrow @ Elevation!
Shawna’s Elevation talk now available! (Mental illness, suicide, and finding God in the darkness) (Audio)
House under water: Please help me “make it right”
The official Ignite Waterloo IW11 talks have now been posted!
Save the date! World Suicide Prevention day: September 10th
Press release: Suicide Ideation Group
Blog for Suicide Prevention campaign: WORLD SUICIDE PREVENTION day 2013!!!
Life 2+ years later
January 28th is Bell Let’s Talk day!
It’s Bell Let’s Talk day! Find out how you can help build a federal framework for suicide prevention.
Speaking Engagements and Book Signings
Discussing the suicide mind – FREE conference with Dr. Gustavo Turecki (April 3 & 4, 2014)
Suicide Symposium – Feb. 19th, Vaughan, FREE! (seating is limited)