Joy Sackett Wood

Psychotherapist, Counsellor, Grief Transformation Coach & Author

Dying Matters Awareness Week 6th-12th May 2024

Dying Matters Awareness Week runs from 6th-12th May 2024, where communities across the country will come together to talk about death, dying and bereavement. Here, Joy explains why talking about, and preparing for, death is so very important to the grief process. One of the worst experiences we are faced with in life is the grief […]

Coping with grief at Christmas

Christmas can be a painful time whether it’s your first year without someone who has died, or you were bereaved long ago. I wanted to share my own experience of getting through a time that is associated with being with family and loved ones. Losing a loved one is always hard, but the festive season […]

How can we grieve someone we don’t know?

  When we hear on the news or via some other means that a high-profile figure has died it is perfectly natural for us to reflect on our feelings towards them. Those feelings have been built up, possibly over many years and may be good, bad or indifferent depending on their achievements, actions or perceived […]

How to Tell Children About Death

As an adult it can completely overwhelm and consume us. For children, it can sometimes be even harder to move through and past the death of a loved one, primarily because they simply might not have the emotional capability and understanding to deal with such a situation. Some people believe that they should withhold the […]

What is Bereavement Therapy?

It can take months, sometimes even years, to even begin understanding how you feel when you lose a loved one. Emotions are heightened, some of them are new and they’re often so intense it feels as if we will be overwhelmed! Sometimes it feels as though we simply cannot cope with everyday life, that we’re […]

Life After You

There is no good time for someone to die. Yes, if they have been suffering it can be somewhat of a relief when they finally pass as it means they are no longer in pain but unfortunately, their passing means that you are the one left to suffer. Grief is always challenging, and if you’re […]

How to deal with grief during the Christmas period

If you look around at Christmas time, mostly what you will see is smiling faces, laughter, happiness, perhaps a little over indulgence and someone flustered behind the scenes from trying to get everything done and perfect. What you don’t tend to see or perhaps a better way to put it is don’t want to see […]

It’s OK to Love Again

Sometimes it might be hard to comprehend, but it is OK to love more than one person in your lifetime. We do not have a limit on the amount of love we have to give. When our children are born, we often think about how we never knew that we could love something so much. […]

How to Cope with The Death of a Pet

When someone you love passes away, it is very natural to feel sad, show grief and expect friends and family to give you the understanding and comfort that you need. However, when it comes to the death of a pet, we don’t always get that understanding. Some people will simply not be able to comprehend […]

What to Keep When Someone Passes

There is no defining the feeling of loss because it is different for each and every one of us. When someone passes it can affect us in small and what might be perceived as insignificant ways or in huge categoric waves of sorrow. Either way, it is life changing. Then, as time passes and the […]