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One Year…

By: Nicole Collaço March 20th marked the one year anniversary of my mother’s death. Due to COVID-19, we weren’t able to host a wake for my mother on the day of her funeral last year, let alone have more than nine people attend due to restrictions at the time. I hoped that one year later…

April Fools Day!

By: Shawaf Naeem April 1st: the day when we can freely prank our friends and relatives without suffering any (or mostly any) consequences. The origin of April fools day is in 1582 when France decided to switch to the Gregorian calendar from the Julian calendar which started from the first of April. Those who failed…

Grieving during COVID-19

Nicole Collaço Losing a loved one during a global pandemic was surreal. I experienced a constant push and pull between reality and escapism. Every time I wanted to escape and distract myself from my grief, I found that I was stuck with my emotions because COVID-19 imposed so many restrictions regarding going out and doing…

My Reflection in the Mirror: Short Story

By: Ariane Dushime I used to look through the window everyday admiring the passersby’s relationships. Those faces remind me of the beautiful warm feelings I lost the day I saw my father take his last breath. My heart breaks as I look at other people make memories that I will never make again. My life…

A commitment to my mental wellbeing…

By: Nicole Collaço As we enter a new month of the year, it’s a normal time to reflect on our lives and what we might want to attain for the year ahead in the form of ‘New Year’s resolutions.’ However, with the uncertainty and restrictions that COVID-19 brings, coming up with resolutions that are easy…

Day 12: Goodbye 2020……Welcome 2021!

By: Nicole Collaço As we’re approaching the festive season and the end of a surreal year (to say the least!), I’m filled with so many thoughts and emotions. This will be the first year celebrating Christmas without my mum and this thought makes me feel very anxious. However, I am sort of looking forward to…

12 Days Until the New Year: Day 11

By: Althea Ocomen and Melanie Jalbert It’s almost the new year, and that means new beginnings for many. This new year let’s try a new approach; instead of remembering what we left behind in 2020, let’s look at what the new year holds for us. It may be a wedding or a new book, but…

12 Days Until the New Year: Day 10-Smile

By: Angelica Rainge During this pandemic, it may be hard to see the rainbow in everyday life. Despite this shake up of events, there are still some things to smile about. Here are a few : Another day of lifeSomeone loves youA good hair dayFresh sheetsMaking someone else smileFinding matching socksFinding a good dealThe rewards…

12 Days Until the New Year: Day 9

By: Ruth Lintiso Dear Mr. GrinchHi Mr. Grinch I don’t appreciate you stealing my gifts I don’t appreciate the words you sayWhen I think I’m okay, you remind me of when I wasn’t When it snows, you remind me of the cold When I move foreword you refuse to let goBut there’s hope for you, this I knowYou look…

12 Days Until the New Year: Day 7-Activities

We have reached the final days of 2020. Many festivities have passed, while some are just starting. Leftovers are running low but still very appreciated after a long day. Regardless, there is one gift most people fail to acknowledge: time. Between shifts, after meals, even in the middle of the night there is time to…

12 Days Until the New Year: Day 6

By: Rachel Howard The colorful lights, the wrapped presents, the excessive use of peppermint, and the holiday music that plays on repeat for a month or two. It all leads up to this: the actual holiday. Whether you celebrated the holidays earlier this month, later this month, or you’re celebrating today, we know these times…

12 Days Until the New Year: Day 5-Places

By: Angelica Freyre we were always togetherwhether it was in the coffee shopor at the park in an impromptu photo-op.but then you left, left me wishing for a forever. desperate, angry, and lonely.how could you do this to me?i thought i could never forgive you; a denial spree.i feel myself losing it slowly. But then,…

12 Days Until the New Year: Day 4-Food

Food is the way to the heart. This season, treat yourself and other with these amazing recipies that are sure to leave an impact. For traditions: The best recipes are ones that go down generations. Making a recipe you used to make with a loved one can be a great way to remember then in…

12 Days Until the New Year: Day 3-Songs

Sometimes all that’s needed to get in a good mood and festive spirit is a catchy song. In this year where there’s little snips of free time, why not sing along to a classic song? Of course, not everyone has the same singing abilities, but it’s a good way to break the ice with friends…

12 Days Until the New Year: Day 2-Movies

The holiday season is about celebrations, but its also a great time to wind down. After a hectic year, sitting back and enjoying a movie solo or as a family can make all the difference. Here are some ideas for your movie break: Fun Family Movie (or solo, movies are ageless!): There are so many…

12 Days Until the New Year: Day 1-Reflecting

By: Melanie Jalbert The holiday season is truly one filled with many feelings: excitement, joy, exhaustion, and even sadness. Many people around the world celebrate with their whole family and have a huge dinner, but this isn’t the case for everyone. Not everyone has their whole family a plane trip away or have the resources…

December Mini-Series

Hello readers and visitors! Before our special announcement, we want to thank everyone reading this. Yes, you. Thank you for sticking around this year, its been a tough one. Thank you for subscribing to our blog or just checking it out from time to time. For all our grief buddies out there, thank you for…

Navigating other peoples’ responses to the loss of a loved one

Nicole Collaço The support networks you surround yourself with are so important, especially when you’re grieving. Just as we all have different ‘love languages’, I believe we also have different ‘support languages.’ People show their support in different ways. I found that after my mum passed away, there were people in my life who did…

A Monster: Spooky Story Contest Winner

By: Aaryan Kapoor Are monsters born or created? Do drops of blood pour forth from the devil’s wounds and splash onto the earth? Or are the seeds that were sowed in the soil rinsed with ash and sludge until the tree that blooms scatters spores of madness and despair? Do these spores spout monsters too?…

Exploring Grief through Creative Arts

Nicole Collaço When you lose a loved one, it almost seems impossible to navigate through the rollercoaster of emotions that you might feel. I know I certainly felt that way when my mum passed away. I was aware of where I could go if I needed professional support, but at that point in time I…

5 Ways to Brighten Up Your Day

By: Althea Ocomen It’s hard to control strong emotions, especially in times of struggles and stress. Whether you are starting off for the first time away from home, parents facing an empty nest this fall, or just looking for new ways to cope with stress, these tips can definitely be beneficial for you! So what…

Back to School After COVID-19

By: Chardelene Reyes For most of us, our last day of school came early. Due to the pandemic, many districts resorted to remote learning for the safety of their staff, students, and families. However, as the amount of COVID-19 cases began to surge, many of us grew fearful for the health of our loved ones—especially…

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