How could a man do what Opa did to Alida?

How could a man do what Alida’s husband did?     How could a man do what Opa did to Alida? Sophie thought as she sat on the couch, typing some of the new developments in Alida’s story. Bea emerged from the spare room with another armful of paperwork. ‘I found many things I have to … Read more

Family time is important to so many people

Family time became an even more precious aspect of people’s lives this last Christmas Family time was destroyed for many as Covid restrictions wreaked havoc on planned gatherings and travel across the country, let alone around the world. Christmas and New Year can be a real pressure point for family in any year due to the … Read more

Review of 2020 is important for the New Year

Review of 2020 is what we do at this time of year Review of 2020 is important to our plans for the New Year. Even in WA where we’ve had minimal impact, Covid has prompted us to review our lifestyle in many ways. How did you spend the time we had in lock-down? Many people … Read more

Looking through photos gives many clues

Looking through photos generates discussion Looking through photos with Bea on the second evening after the meeting at Alida’s grave with the retired nurse, Sophie’s aunt said, ‘Institutions that I visited as a social worker nearly always had a split church like this one where Alida was. Most people were always sitting doing nothing which … Read more

Building your own home strengthens relationships

Building your own home requires Advanced Communication Skills Building your own home is a most satisfying challenge. Knowing the concepts is one thing, however applying them practically takes courage, a stretch of talent or skill, patience, endurance, some fitness and commitment. It can make or break relationships. Building your own home from straw is a … Read more

Couple counselling gives perspective to differences

Couple counselling gives perspective to each person’s opinions Couple counselling gives perspective to how differing view points of each person adds depth, breadth, colour and countless other qualities to the relationship. Have you identified how many values, likes, dislikes, dreams, daily habits you and your partner differ in? Conflict can arise about almost anything, and … Read more

Tears help release your pain and grief

Tears on seeing photos of the Institution’s interior Tears sneaked over Sophie’s cheeks as the last glimmer of hope faded. What was now a beautiful property with modest-sized buildings had lulled Sophie and her sister into hoping that Alida’s last year had been pleasant. ‘Is it okay to show you more? Or is it too … Read more

Growing food is step 1 to survival

Growing Up connected with Farmers Growing a community where farmers provide local produce enables couples to feed their household with the freshest food, and remain connected with the farm. Ideally you have your own homegrown vegetables and herbs too 🙂 Having trouble communicating your needs or wishes to your partner? Imago Relationship Therapy coaches you … Read more

Mental Health check-in time is now; learn how

Mental Health check-in needs to be regular Mental Health check-in is an important aim of Mental Health Week. Hopefully it’s helped you and your loved ones discuss how each are coping with life generally, and particularly emotional and psychological challenges. This year has of course delivered some serious stressors for individuals, couples, families and the … Read more

Wiping tears ends one painful moment

Wiping tears gives us clear vision Wiping her eyes, then nose, seemed to be the signal for the man to quietly walk to a few metres from Sophie’s side. He smiled gently as she apologised, then pointed to the names on the sign made of tin. ‘This may have been done by Emmanuelle’s husband,’ Sophie … Read more