Author: Bill Cushnie

Memories and Emotions

Poetry can capture and convey intense feelings and emotions. Author Bill Cushnie shares two short grief and loss-related poems and his thoughts on the healing wisdom that can be extracted from them.

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Holidays and Celebrating Those We’ve Lost

Popular culture tells us we are supposed to be cheery, warm and joyful with family and friends at the holidays. Author Bill Cushnie knows that our lives change when we lose someone we love and our experience associated with the holidays changes as well. Some lovely ideas on how to celebrate while acknowledging what we have lost.

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Navigating Your Grief Journey

Before we decide where we’re going, we have to understand and accept where we are. Author Bill Cushnie poses the questions: How do we navigate our way during our journey? How do we reevaluate and set our new courses? What can we learn from where we are now?

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Memory Anchors

It’s fairly common to fear losing memories of a loved one after they’ve died. Bill Cushnie talks about memory anchors and how they can keep us connected to our loved ones.

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Poetry Heals and Inspires

Poetry often has a unique way of speaking to and from the heart. Author Bill Cushnie shares some reader responses to his previous article on poetry, and invites all readers to share their own poetry and thoughts on grief and healing.

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Guilt and the Emotional Collage

When the opportunity to seek forgiveness or make amends is lost, such as when a person dies, guilt can become a (if not the) dominant feeling in your loss. Author Bill Cushnie shares ideas to help cope with guilt in grief.

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Faith and Grief: Challenges and Questions

Author Bill Cushnie shares his take on the different spiritual dimensions in the ways we respond to the death of someone we love, whether we consider ourselves religious or not.

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Not All Losses Are The Same

The death of someone we love is always difficult. The circumstances surrounding the loss however are seldom the same. Author Bill Cushnie explores the differences between anticipated and sudden loss, the loss of a young or older loved one, and stigmatized loss.

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Poetry as a Healing Power in Grief

Author Bill Cushnie talks about the healing power of poetry in the grief process, and share excerpts from some of his favorite grief and healing related poems.

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Delayed Grief

Sometimes after a significant loss, we are so busy taking care of others or surviving day-to-day, that we don’t allow ourselves to grieve. Author Bill Cushnie talks about when grief finally catches up to us in what some call “delayed grief.”

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