Dead Moms Club x BC Women's Health Foundation
Grief can impact us in so many ways, one of the most serious being our mental health.
One of the most common beliefs about grief is that everyone experiences the five stages of grief and then gets "better". But I've found this to be an incredibly hard myth to tackle and deal with for two reasons: the first being that it puts pressure on people to grieve, heal, and "make progress" on a schedule that is unreasonable; the second being that we truly do want the people in our lives to be "okay", but sometimes that doesn't match up with what we think "okay" looks like.
I go to counselling on the reg now, and have loved having a safe space to grieve. Some weeks we talk about my mom, others we don't. But most importantly it's been amazing to have a third party available. Someone who isn't my partner, or my family, or my friends - who can listen and let me snot cry for an hour if I need to without feeling that urge to make everything better or okay.
So in honour of those doing the research and work to support those of us grieving, I am so excited to announce my fundraising efforts for The BC Women’s Health Foundation!
From April 26 - May 12 (Mother's Day) all Dead Moms Club lapel pin sale profits will be donated to mental health research conducted by the BC Women's Health Foundation.
Learn more about some of the grief-related mental health research being done by the Women’s Health Research Institute!
Dr. Lynn Farrales
Family Physician and researcher who conducts community-based participatory action research in the area of still birth and loss. Here is a video clip of her speaking about “making an impact”.
The Spiritual Health Leader at C&W. Dr. Crowell works in the space of diversity ethics, end of life care, and palliative care.
You can also buy them in person at my upcoming Motherless Mother’s Day event on May 4 in Vancouver, BC.