Embracing the Holidays

Embracing the Holidays

Yikes! The holiday season is upon us – how did that happen and where did the year go? Just when you began to enjoy the cooler nights and beauty of the leaves changing colors, the reality of the pending season kicks in. Your hair gets grayer with the anticipation of...
Sorting Through the Keepsakes

Sorting Through the Keepsakes

Just when you think you have endured all the pain and suffering a human could tolerate following the death of a loved one, a new daunting task lurks around the corner. What to do with all the personal belongings? The quick answer is — do nothing right now unless...
Taking Care of You First

Taking Care of You First

Family Caregiving is by far the most demanding and complicated responsibility one can experience—the caregiver must be “the jack of all traits yet the master of none.”  Feeling inadequate at first and an expert at the end. Family caregiver is a person who provides...
Clichés of Grief – Fumbling How and What to Say

Clichés of Grief – Fumbling How and What to Say

This is probably the most overwhelming part for a supporter. Are there really any words to share with someone who is suffering from the loss of a loved one? Of course, we can come up with what we think are comforting words, but the majority of us fumble on what to say...
Please Don’t Try to Fix Me

Please Don’t Try to Fix Me

Several months after the sudden death of my 32-year-old husband, the subtle hints from my friends, family and co-workers appeared – suggesting the time had come for me to get out more socially, begin sorting through his personal belongings and find the smile I once...

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