Bruce and Wendy-Ellen Nittel

Bruce and Wendy-Ellen Nittel

“On July 2, 2012, my husband, Bruce and I joined an exclusive group. I hope others don’t join this club as the cost of membership is too great” After their son Blaine died in a pump truck rollover, Wendy-Ellen and Bruce Nittel had a visit from Blaine’s employer, who...
Grief didn’t know it was a holiday

Grief didn’t know it was a holiday

There are various days during the year that society calls a ‘holiday’ – like the upcoming season, mostly called Christmas even by those who do not recognize it as a religious day. For many, the planning for this Christmas season seems to start even before Hallowe’en....
Finding healing in the falling leaves

Finding healing in the falling leaves

(Posted on September 27, 2016) What do you call it? September, the month across Canada when we notice the trees and plants are changing. In your neighbourhood, perhaps they are turning colours of golden yellow, vibrant orange or crimson red? Some leaves seem to remain...
“Did you hear what I said?”

“Did you hear what I said?”

He came home from work and I asked the usual question: “How was your day?” He seemed excited as he responded “A good day”. “That’s good,” was my reply, then “are you ready for din­ner?” During dinner, we sat mostly in silence – the occasional look at each other....
20 years on an iceberg

20 years on an iceberg

“Twenty years on an iceberg” – Does the title of that song sound lonely? Does twenty years seem like a long time?  Why is it when we look ahead, twenty years seems to be a long way away, and when we reflect back, twenty years doesn’t seem so long. Why the difference?...