05 Dec Dealing With Grief: 5 Ways To Prevent A Holiday From Being Ruined

Yes! We Drive Each Other Nuts! 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 members. Normal […]

05 Dec Don’t Boss Me Around!

25 Nov Emotional Crash After Thanksgiving Day

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Experiencing An Emotional Crash After Thanksgiving Day? It’s the day after Thanksgiving.  Are you experiencing an emotional crash?  Just asking.  Why?  Because, not every one does, but many of us do.  You need to know that this too is normal for grieving and healing.  For instance, did you wake up feeling emotionally and physically exhausted […]

22 Nov Anniversary Of The Death: Emotional Kicker

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Anniversary Of The Death: Emotional Kicker This day was never a part of your life until the death of your loved one.  Now that it is, you may be wondering, Now What?  For starters, it’s helpful to understand what’s normal for the anniversary of the death.  Why?  So that you can navigate your healing journey […]

27 Oct This Journey Was Not My Choice

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      What happened?  You have moved from having a physical relationship with your loved one to one of memory.  It’s normal to think, “What happened to my loved one?”  “What is happening to me?” “What happens next?”  “How do I make the pain go away?”  “Will I ever feel Normal again?”  Yes, you […]

12 Jul Writing For Healing? Does It Work?

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  Writing For Healing… Does It Work?  After the death of my first husband Donald I tried writing about my experience, including what I was feeling, because I was told it would be helpful and make me feel better.  However, I didn’t get that result.  It made me feel worse. Because of my experience I […]

02 Feb Will A New Relationship Make The Pain Of Grief Go Away?

23 Jan Now What? Death Day! Also Known As The Anniversary Of The Death

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  Now What?  Death Day! Also Known As The Anniversary Of The Death…  I referred to this day as “Death Day” the first few years after my husband Donald died.  Every year I take inventory—and every year I can’t believe that another year has gone by—and every year the days leading up to this day […]

17 Oct Turkey, Warm Weather & The State Police

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  Turkey, Warm Weather & The State Police.  What a welcome change!  Instead of the normal cold and rainy and sometimes snowy Michigan weather that we tend to experience on Thanksgiving Day—the weather on this particular Thanksgiving Day (1998) was sunny and warm and beautiful.  I know that I am not the only holiday host, […]

31 Aug When Your Friend Dies

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  Last week I cleaned the basement and experienced so many surges of grief that I couldn’t believe it.  This week is better.  However, tomorrow is the birthday of my friend Ceclia Stewart-Androsky.   Cele as everyone called her and me were friends for almost 20 years.  We always said that we would grow old together […]