Grief & Trauma

Lehoux-Flintoff family with Adélie

Raising awareness of perinatal bereavement and child loss

On this day of awareness of perinatal loss, I share an interview of my cousin who lost her 2-month-old daughter. I also include the link to an interview I did about child loss, trauma and my grief journey.

Maxandre Flintoff

Isn’t Child Loss Enough?

I talk about the impact of the pandemic on our grief journey. I share a secondary loss due to the accident.

grief-myths-mythes-deuil

23 Myths About Grief

I talk about some of the ignorance in regards to grief and provide a concrete example. I share the top 23 common myths about grief and ask for your thoughts about the myths (through a little poll!).

20 Ways to Remember our Loved Ones

There are many creative and meaningful ways to keep the memory of loved ones alive. In this post, I share 20 commemorative gestures anyone can make with pictures!

Zackael trampoline

How do you live in a landscape so vastly changed?

I started a course on grief. The course is called Writing Your Grief. Every day, we receive an email with a writing prompt encouraging us to explore an aspect of our grievance. Today is Day # 3.

Zackaël Flintoff

My sweet little angel

I talk about 2 empathetic people who are wholeheartedly with us, by keeping the roadside monument and photo visible. In this post, I’m also sharing a poem that I wrote last spring.

Empathy vs Compassion vs Sympathy Diagram with examples

Are you more empathetic or compassionate?

In this post, I talk about the differences between sympathy, empathy and compassion, and their definitions with concrete examples. I share my perspective on how to be more empathetic and compassionate. For some people, they will be empathetic but not necessarily compassionate. Others still will show their support by being compassionate even if they are not necessarily empathetic.

Me as a grieving mother with my head down with complicated grief - Moi comme maman endeuillée tête penchée dans mes bras

My Complicated Grief

In this post, I share my journey of my complicated grief and how it was for the few months after the accident. I explain what is complicated grief (definition) and how it is to be a grieving mother.

Goodbye 2020

2020 represents the first year without our child. We have no memory with Zackaël in 2020. I share how my heart ached at Christmas and the little things I did to cope with my sorrow and honour my son.

Zackaël Flintoff - École le Prélude 2019 Orléans (Photomania) - environ 1 mois avant son décès - Zackaël sourit un peu trop

Gone but never forgotten

It is important to keep talking about our children who died. Friends and relatives mistakenly believe that it is best to avoid mentioning the deceased child in the presence of the bereaved parent. The worst thing to do is ignore that they existed, and ignore their grief and loss.

Broken Heart drawing from Bereaved Mother - Grieving Mother. Heart is cracked and bleeding

When Love and Sorrow Collide

I draw my broken heart, a heart of a grieving mother after child loss. I explain how Love and Sorrow Collide, how difficult it is to look at pictures and videos of my son.

Zackaël monument route 323 Roadside Memorial de la route 323 accident

Zackaël’s Roadside Memorial on the 323

Carl talks about the first time he went to the accident site (accident with moose) on the 323 near Namur and Notre-Dame-de-la-paix. He and his friends installed the roadside memorial in honour of Zackaël.

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