17 Apr What Am I Searching For?

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Living With Grief & Healing The Search Is On I was at a PRIDE foster parent training a few weeks ago and the lead facilitator mentioned a child going from room to room and searching, crying uncontrollably, for a few days after being placed in her new foster home.  My heart broke for this child. […]

14 Apr Healing Forward

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07 Dec 5 Ways To Prevent A Holiday From Being Ruined

The Drive Each Other Nuts Factor Is Real! Grieving family members, including children, tend to drive each other nuts because we each grieve differently and on our own personal healing time table.  Normal grief pain produces normal grief responses—and the grief responses that you experience may or may not be the same as other family […]

30 Nov Christmas Shopping & Grief

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Christmas Shopping & Grief Grief can make Christmas Shopping difficult.  My first husband, Donald, died right before Thanksgiving in 1999.  None of my Christmas shopping was done and I was in such a state of shock and numbness that I just couldn’t make myself do it. Fortunately, my friend Sue immediately acted when she learned […]

17 Oct The Most Valuable List

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The Most Valuable List What is it?  Normal Grief Responses. Everyone who has ever experienced a loss of any kind needs this list.  Death, divorce, job loss, empty nest…What a relief to know that what you are experiencing is normal for grief.  You are not alone! Check it out and share it with your friends. […]

05 Oct HOPE

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Hi Friends, Hang on to Hope!  Hope is born out of struggle.  And learning to live without your loved one is a time of great struggle.  No matter how far out from the death date that we get surges of grief are normal.  Refocus to hope. Hope is healing because hope is an activity of […]

12 Jan

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18 Dec Fired Up

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Fired Up! Some days I just wonder…  Let me back up and give you the backstory first.  One of my goals after moving to Fort Gratiot was to get to know as many people as possible.  I want to hear everyone’s life story and learn about their goals and dreams—and not just what they want […]

13 Feb Adoption Does Work: The Back Story

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Adoption Does Work: The Back Story The start of every adoption story is the story behind the story—the back story.   The back story of an adoption does not happen in a vacuum because it’s not one story.  It’s the combined life stories of the adoptive parent or parents and their families and each biological parent […]

07 Dec It’s Time To Make Your Holiday Plan