My husband passed away, unexpectedly, on February 1, 2009. Life as I knew it was over. Easter weekend of 2009 I finally found the courage to go and meet with a grief councillor. Diane (Good Grief) came very highly recommended to me. I was terrified, but from the moment I first contacted Diane to make my first appointment she made me feel at ease. Diane has such warmth and genuineness about her that it is difficult not to relax. Diane wanted to get to know me and my husband, as well as our daughter too. I was never just a number or a case file and our "sessions" were never restricted to time limits or a certain set of questions or a set timeline or steps for grieving. Diane helped to ease my pain during my personal grieving process, as well as giving me support when I was ready to start moving forward. I am forever grateful for the support I have received (and continue to receive) from Diane. I highly recommend Diane and Good Grief to anyone I know that may need help.
When I called Diane for grievance counselling the first thing I said to her was "I don't think I can do this" and her answer was a very firm and reassuring "Yes you can!" It was exactly what I needed to hear at the time and it gave me hope that maybe I could get through this difficult time. Diane is very compassionate, caring and helped me slowly work through my grief. I would highly recommend her.
The autumn of 2016 was the darkest time of my life. My wife, Catherine had died only a few weeks before and my emotions were raw. My daughter Christine suggested I meet with her friend Diane Lawson, who was a grief councillor. Not knowing what to expect, but with nothing to lose, I made an appointment. Over the past two years there have been many things that Diane said and did which helped to bring a measure of sanity to my life, but three things stand out for me. Firstly, Diane allowed me the time and space to let all my feelings of anger, guilt and sorrow pour out of me without fear of judgement. Secondly, she helped me come up with ways of coping with day to day living and major events such as Thanks giving and Christmas without going crazy. Finally, Diane helped me recognize that while the grief would always be there, with time it would be less painful and that it was possible to have a life after Catherine.