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 […]

Do you think therapists make money out of people’s misery?

I am writing this from my heart…please read on. Two and half years ago when my son died, I joined some online Facebook Grief support groups for people coping with grief. This was a very personal choice I made, and my reasons for joining were purely about me, to help me through my grieving process […]

How To Help Those That Are Grieving

One of the worst experiences we are faced with in life is loss and bereavement. Some people will be fortunate to have never experienced any kind of grief and unfortunately others are all too familiar with the feelings of loss and bereavement. The Oxford English Dictionary defines grief as “intense sorrow, especially caused by someone’s […]

Grief and its Power

There’s no escaping it. When grief arrives in our lives in its various forms there is no hiding from it, though some may try. At its worst it can be all consuming and feel as if we will never escape from it and for others, it can make them feel empty and a shell of […]