06 Dec Ideas To Combat Loneliness During The Holiday Season

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Extra Lonely Time Of Year   A holiday is an in your face reminder of how much has changed.  A holiday is a painful reminder of who is missing.  During the holiday season it is not unheard of to receive invitations to events because people feel sorry for us—or an invite that we usually receive […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

26 Feb Friendships? Are You Feeling Like You Don’t Fit In Anymore? Why? Now What?

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Friendships? Are you feeling like you don’t fit in anymore… Why? Now What? Talk about uncomfortable.  Not feeling like we fit in anywhere is very uncomfortable—and unsettling.   The question is not why would this happen but why wouldn’t this happen.  Let’s face it, one of the worst things that could ever happen has happened to […]

30 Jan Just Get Over It? Where Is That Coming From?

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  Just Get Over It!  Where’s That Coming From? The culture we live in!  Somebody dies on a TV sitcom and everything is neatly wrapped up in under an hour.  The characters move on as if nothing happened.  Really? Even in reality TV (which is actually scripted) emotions explode or emotions are denied with no […]

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 […]

16 Jan Feeling More Relief Than Grief?

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  Feeling more relief than grief?  Feeling more relief than grief is something that typically doesn’t get talked about much.  However, we need to talk about this because this too is normal for grieving and healing for some people.  Typically, this type of response occurs, with some level of emotional intensity, after witnessing your loved […]